In the midst of a legal odyssey both odious and ominous, I found myself getting a chance to shake my head admiringly, and also to attain the sweet relief of laughter. This desperately needed respite came as a gift from Open Salon's very own, Cranky Cuss. I have spoken to Cranky offline . Frankly, I love him, but I will still make all attempts to not have that cloud my judgement as I review his book.
You see he's penned a fine book called, " Send in the Clown Car."
His talented daughter drew the cover. The Cuss family doesn't dissapoint, as they used to just say in Ossining.
I don't consider myself political. I guess that means that I don't feel the need to join any teams when it comes to issues of right and wrong. In the last four years my politics have taken a sharp swerve to the left due to getting to see a bigger badder picture, but in general-- Liberal, progressive, leftist, rightist, GOP, are all not names I associate with myself for reasons that have to do with my aversion to labels more than anything else.
Irreverant, however, is a cool word, and even a cool label and that is the best way I could describe Cranky's book. Funny and charming and smart are also cool words and labels that apply, but I think I've belabored my label point when this post is supposed to be about the fine book that Cranky wrote.
This is what came to me after reading it since I can't now write a complex explication:
It's not really about politics. Cranks is no mindless partisan. Instead, it's a wild and winsome ride inside Cranky Cuss's incredibly imaginative mind.
Each chapter presents a different delight.
Rick Sanotorums sex tourettes!
Mitt Romney's real name- who knew?
Newt's grade school essays on the real meaning of Oliver Twist. Yay.
And, if you never truly understood, "The Fountainhead" Expect Cranky to take you on brilliant trip to Ayn Rand land. Fun and ridiculous. Ridiculous fun?
His take on Conspiracy theories brings us the wise ways of Dr. Jenny Mcarthy, post MTV. Even Mel Gibson's father makes an appearance. Those
cursed with pop culture literacy will get a particular kick.
And, if that all is not enough to convince you to click on this unweildy Amazon link
than the reviews alone will force you to download some app so as to get this book to show up on your kindle(I have no idea how that happens!).
Anthony Weiner of Anthony Weiner fame writes(with one hand?) "Cranky Cuss's writing excites me. Want to see."
Walk, run, click, skedaddle, get into one of those Jazzy mobility scooters... Do whatever it takes to get you a copy of Cranky's book.