P.J. O'Rourke

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no, ann, a generation ago he was writing shitty humor pieces for the national lampoon and editing it into the ground!
-- Begs2Differ (cibul...), March 19th, 2004.

No, I said had he been born a generation earlier. I just about died laughing when I realized what O'Rourke's "youthful" photo on the front of "Youth vs. Guile" reminded me of: an uglier-mugged version of Martin Amis's photo on the back of his first novel! O'Rourke is roughly the age of Kingley's son, in other words, and they wound up with the same fashion sense. (O'Rourke can't help that he was never as comely as Martin -- and then, neither was Kingsley. Maybe being rejected by girls causes conservativism later in life? Then maybe getting laid all the time causes irritating, blathering liberalism...)

Ann Sterzinger (Ann Sterzinger), Saturday, 20 March 2004 02:45 (eighteen years ago) link

He used to be flinty, funny and sh1t-stirring (in a good way). Now he's just strying to be funny, but a middle aged conservative going to seed is not funny.

Holidays in Hell was good. Republican Party Reptile was good. Age and Guile was good -- mostly because most of it was written 20 or 30 years ago.

Try read his newer stuff, like CEO of the Sofa. It's LAAAAAME! Trying too hard, views are too boringly, mundanely middle-aged. Jokes are trite. Material is a) cliched or b) dated.

RodjaDodja, Saturday, 20 March 2004 23:16 (eighteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
I defer to those who preceded me because I have not read PJOR for some years. But I have just discovered this site and saw his name and had to reply. He is great, isn't he? Come on! I remember one of his pieces that had Madame and Monsieur Curie in it. Something about going out with them socially...."They glowed," he said. I howled.

Come on, he IS funny.

Hey, I'm asking this for a friend, but was he in a fraternity at UMiami?

Becky Willis, Monday, 19 April 2004 21:41 (eighteen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

twitter is saying he's dead, and also twitter is saying he'd not dead

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 22:27 (eleven months ago) link

can we choose?

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:30 (eleven months ago) link

I always thought he was trying to be a right-wing Hunter Thompson; he did write for Rolling Stone, after all. He did manage to ape some of Hunter's wit, but missed completely his razor-sharp political insight and basic humanity.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:37 (eleven months ago) link

Not to mention, Hunter was a really fucking good writer. P.J. is . . . not really fucking good.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 23:37 (eleven months ago) link

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