I Am America (And So Can You!); Stephen Colbert at Stray Talk
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5th May, 2008
I Am America (And So Can You!); Stephen Colbert
— Love @ 21:17 Comments (3)
Filed under: A-Z Reading Challenge, B, English, Humour, Politics, Religion, Sex, sexuality & gender

I Am America (And So Can You!); Stephen Colbert I Am America (And So Can You!)
by Stephen Colbert

For the A-Z reading challenge.

iPod audiobook

First line: Hi, I’m Stephen Colbert and I am no fan of books.

Back cover blurb:
Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that’s destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country — whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (“I’ve never trusted the sea. What’s it hiding under there?”), the Hollywood Blacklist (“I would have named enough names to fill the Moscow phone book”), and atheists (“Imagine going through life completely duped into thinking that there’s no invisible, omniscient higher power guiding every action on Earth. It’s just so arbitrary!”). Colbert also provides helpful illustrations and charts (Things That Are Trying to Turn Me Gay) and a complete transcript of his infamous speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner all of which add up to a book that is sure to be a bestseller and match the success of Colbert’s former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart’s America (The Book).

Thoughts: I recently decided that I really need to get fitter and as a step in the right direction, I’ve started going for walks with audiobooks on my iPod. I can’t listen to them unless I’m out for a walk (or, as time goes by, a run), which I’m hoping will be a bit like killing two birds with one stone—I get fitter and I get some reading done, all at the same time!

Works great so far. I Am America (And So Can You!) was the first book I picked. It’s just over three and a half hours long and I finished listening to it in three walks. Or, in other words: the plan worked! I wanted to go out walking so I’d get to hear the next part of the book, which I found really amusing (worthy of a B rating, actually).

Exercise and audiobooks really are the ideal combination. My only problem is that I can’t figure out how to count these in my book stats, as page counts are a vital part of them, and that doesn’t quite work with the spoken word. I’m sure I’ll figure something out at some point, though.

  1. chartroose wrote:

    I keep looking at this book and then putting it down. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually have to buy the thing. Damn!

    Maybe, if you use a pedometer, you can figure out the word to step ratio or something. What do I know? I never did learn how to perform much of anything mathematical without a calculator.

  2. Kim L wrote:

    I like Stephen Colbert, but I have something against investing money in a book written by a comedian. I don’t know why. Maybe I should try to get it from the library.

    By the way, I know you’ve had this theme on your blog forever, but I think it is really nice.

  3. Love wrote:

    Chartroose: I do use a pedometer (yesterday ended at 18,705 steps, which made it one of my better days), but I’m not quite sure I want it to be that involved. I was thinking more along the lines at looking at the number of pages in the written versions of the audiobooks I listen to.

    As for the book, I found it very amusing. Some parts more than others, but on the whole it was a great piece of satire.

    Kim L: I borrowed it. Audiobooks in general are a little too pricey for my liking, so borrowing is the way to go. From a friend or the library, friend mostly, since the library here is closed at the moment.

    And thanks. =) I picked it out all by myself. ;D (Did modify a thing or two, though.)

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