a HIGHLY recommended book for your summer reading list: Lewis Black's Nothing's
Sacred (Simon & Schuster). Black is the ranting comedian from The Daily
Show who Richard Belzer calls "a whirlwind of brilliantly witty outrage
and informed dissent." In Nothing's Sacred, his first book, Black
pinpoints the events in his upbringing that led to his divergence from the
herd. Included are many reminiscences, hilariously recounted, of the drug
experimentations of his youth. He even calls one of his chapters "Pot" and
thusly describes his first experience with it: "I felt at one with the universe.
I had never felt this before. Delusional or not, it was something I never
found at the temple and it has been a comfort to me ever since." While also
mentioning bad experiences with too much pot or LSD, Black says that he
took mescaline for his GRE exams and scored higher than he had on his SATs.
in 1948 and raised by Jewish parents in suburban DC, Black writes affectionately
about his family, his friends and his dog in between his scathing, side-splitting
commentary. I particularly liked his spot-on observations about ADD, neckties,
and our two-party system, where "the Democrats are the party of no ideas
and the Republicans are the party of bad ideas." While we Americans, as
Black puts it, "continue to rapidly homogenize ourselves into a neutered
oblivion," thank goodness Lewis Black is around to shout us awake, laughing
all the way. Though as Jon Stewart points out, Black can actually yell
in print form, you can also catch his yelling broadcasted on the new HBO
special, "Red, White and Screwed."
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