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The Onion - Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: the Best of the Onion [Paperback]

Robert Siegel
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12 Oct 2001
The news as you've never seen it before... from the world's most popular humour publication.

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree (12 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075222011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752220116
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of the Onion carries on the proud, shameless tradition of Our Dumb Century, which won the 1999 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Dave Eggers, Matt Groening, Ken Burns, and Conan O'Brien agree: The Onion , that scrappy mag ruthlessly satirising madcap modern life and earnest newspaper journalism, is funnier than reality. If a real, dumb newspaper wrote a feature story about hell, you bet its headline would be the boosterish one imagined by the maniacs at the Onion: "Tenth Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell." When one reads in this book the headline "Arabs, Israelis Sign 'Screw Peace' Accord," one wonders whether The Onion has not, alas, anticipated the news. Their style of yuks is not for softies: the headline "Loved Ones Recall Local Man's Cowardly Battle with Cancer" may not strike the funny bone of the recently bereaved, but it's a dead-on parody of the sort of sentimental slop that cops major journalism awards in our dumb news era. If you can laugh at the preposterous world around you, and muster the courage to tear down without building up, this book is for you. --Jake Bond

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'The Onion headlines are works of comic genius, as compressed and compelling as haiku.' -- Craig Brown in the Mail on Sunday

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tu Superbus Es (Encore Une Fois) 24 Oct 2001
Format:Paperback
Here we are then with the third volume of the ongoing Best Value Book Ever Written. This one is better than "Finest News Reporting Volume 1" but not as good as "Our Dumb Century" (but then, what is?).
It takes the format of miniature editions of The Onion newspaper, each four pages, comprising full articles spread over several pages in that annoyingly authentic newspapery way, op-ed pieces and the superb front pages, where they get to use all the brilliant headlines that would have been weakened by having to dilute the effect with full text. Here are just a few:
NATION'S SCHOOLCHILDREN CALL FOR CUTS IN MATH, SCIENCE FUNDING
MAN ACCIDENTALLY ENDS BUSINESS CALL WITH 'I LOVE YOU'
ROUTINE DRUNK-DRIVING TRIP TURNS TRAGIC FOR FIVE LOCAL TEENS
NURSING-HOME RESIDENT GLAD SHE'S GOING HOME TOMORROW EVERY DAY
Of course you will already have seen some of the reports in here from the website (from where you can download them for, uh, free) - but there's more than enough here that's new to keep any Onionite - n. lover of satirical humour - satisfied until lava lamps revert back to passé retro kitsch from novel retro camp. Again.
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