Atlas Slugged AGAIN

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A parody of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged More

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Words: 44,020
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458191342
About Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner began as an editor of National Lampoon, then went on to write for ten thousand magazines, including but not limited to The New Yorker, The N.Y. Times Magazine, Parenting, Child, Smithsonian, Chow, and, of course, Air & Space. He was an original columnist for Spy. He continues to contribute to the New Yorker and has been a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post.

He has also had an extensive career as a writer and producer in children’s television.

He and his wife, Barbara Davilman, are co-authors of Yiddish With Dick and Jane, Yiddish With George and Laura, How to Raise a Jewish Dog, How to Profit From the Coming Rapture (all published by Little, Brown), Arffirmations: Meditations For Your Dog, and Cat-echisms: Fundamentals of Feline Faith (St. Martin’s Press). Their The Big Jewish Book for Jews was published by Plume in July 2010.

Solo, he is author of the much-beloved-by-geeks National Lampoon’s Doon (parody of Dune) and Howard the Duck, as well as Letters From Cicely and The Northern Exposure Cookbook (in connection with the tv show Northern Exposure), Decade of the Year (collected humor pieces), Mayflower Manners (sexual etiquette; with Sydney Biddle Barrows), The Joy of Worry (Chronicle), Drop Dead, My Lovely and The Big Boat to Bye-Bye (comic mysteries from NAL), Santa Lives! Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus (Riverhead), and the collector’s item (lawsuit; publication enjoined) Oy! Do This, Not That! (Running Press). Sooner or later his “middle-grade” novel, The Templeton Twins, will be published by Chronicle Books.


Review by: Michael Prescott on Oct. 26, 2013 :
Great fun! Weiner expertly captures Rand's hyperventilating prose style, her penchant for tagging villainous characters with silly names ("Secretary of Union Greed Mumph Slimetrail"), her vagueness with regard to technical details, her forced metaphors and pretzel logic, and much more. He also manages to include an extended commentary on Rand's ill-conceived romance with the much younger Nathaniel Branden, and a clear-eyed appraisal of Objectivism's blind spots - even Rand's youthful fascination with sociopathic killer William Hickman! The author has clearly done his homework. As a recovered Randroid, I enjoyed it a lot. In fact, I've read it twice. BTW, the edition I read (Kindle) did not have errors in the quotation marks as mentioned by another reviewer, so maybe this problem has been fixed.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: marina maraschino on Aug. 16, 2011 :
This was indeed quite funny, but just like Ayn Rand's material, can only be tolerated so long because the joke falls flat after a bit. There were also errors in the quotation marks and their direction, which bugged me. However, despite those things, the book had me literally laughing out loud for a good 5 chapters, which was worth the small price.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathy Humphrey on June 06, 2011 :
Totally worth the capitalist free-market dollar I spent of my own free will to buy it. Very funny!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: claudia handler on May 17, 2011 :
This book is slide-off-your-chair funny! On a "bad" page I laughed out loud five times, on a "good" page, thirty times. Ellis Weiner is absolutely brilliant and relentlessly hilarious. The best ninety-nine cents you will ever spend!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Steve Radlauer on May 15, 2011 :
Brilliant, funny, and brilliantly funny. Ayn Rand has found the parodist she so richly deserves.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maria Bustillos on May 13, 2011 :
Could only have been written by a moocher, leech and parasite who is totally against Thought.

Hilarious. Ridiculous. Love it to bits.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tlaloc Burpo on May 03, 2011 :
A dead-on and hilarious parody that could only come from having actually read the Damned Thing all the way through, thereby distinguishing Weiner from 90% of the fans of the original.

Not only tears apart the original, but styles on Rand's own sordid life beautifully.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michael Gerber on April 22, 2011 :
Ellis Weiner is the greatest parodist of his generation and Ayn Rand is the fattest, most deserving of targets. Thirty seconds after learning Atlas Slugged existed, I bought it; thirty seconds after that, I started reading. I'm only stopping for this brief public service announcement.


LOL doesn't even begin to cover it. I am really, really enjoying this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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