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APRIL 8, 2012 11:16AM

Cranky Cuss's Send in the Clown Car

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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.

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I heard about this. Nicely done...both of you.
Now that my firstness is out of the way, I shall say that I SECOND Fernsy's ringing endorsement of Cuss's first book. I especially like the blurbs on the back cover, which you will have to buy the book to see. I'm about a third of the way thru it and have already about used up my bandwidth of laffs for the whole book. I must borrow ahead for more bandwidth or read the rest of the book without a peep, and that would be impossible. As it is, my insane guffaws at first brought family members from the blaring TV room to the bedroom (I read in bed) to see if I'm being attacked by one of the cats I forgot to feed before retiring. Now, of course, should one of those cats in fact attack me, my loving family won't even bother to turn down the volume of whatever special effects extravaganza they're watching to reassure each other that Dad is only reading "that Clown book" again. They'll just shrug and turn the TV volume up higher.
It sounds like the work of a comic genius, or a complete lunatic!
Either way, I am in!

By the way, if i havent told you, F, i love the new blue you.
In "the Thinker's" pose, that statue, only you are not naked
like he is. Looks like u are thinking about something very
paradoxical & absurd , puzzling through it,
coming to a conclusion...

I love laughter. It is a nice break from the stark
existential terror! : )
Fernsy,excellent work..on both of you..but I vote on the cover and the brilliant talent of Cranky Cuss's daughter.Wishes to the book to be the first on sales...and you first on friends good as you and on what ever you love...Rated and have a Haρρy Holiday.Best regards.
Thanks for the love and support, fernsy.

And James: it's "complete lunatic."
added to my list of books.
Now that I have read 3 reviews of Cranky's book, I know it is a must read. Happy Pesach and Easter, my friend!
Great review, if the weiner man got excited, who knows, maybe it will go viral on kindle.
rated with love

Cranky is a treasure. Thank you for posting this review.
Very titillating...especially the weiner thing.
Thanks for this info...Great cover on that book too! and the title deserves some mention as well.
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Congrats Cranky! That's an amazing accomplishment for both Cusses. And you are so sweet to promote his book.
The book was such fun, as was this review! Cranky and fernsy forever!