Well, hi there! I'm Ronald Pecorry. I write satire and parody at the award winning and very popular website www.satireandcomment.com. The site has hundreds of satirical articles, poems and cartoons skewering political and social issues from every corner of the world. The lead off piece in the book is “Atheist sees image of big bang in toast” which is an internet sensation with hundreds of thousands of views. I burst out laughing when I came up with the idea and am proud to have written it given the reaction people have to it. As a writer, it is very validating to see the joy this story brings to so many people.
My piece on how Glenn Beck warns “whites to be rounded up into concentration camps called suburbs” is also very popular as is the plan for a “Casey Anthony better parenting book” . The opposition to plans by “Muslims to build a Mosque in the middle of nowhere” is another web hit.
If you honor me with a purchase you will you find yourself having different emotional reactions to different stories. You may relish in the visceral contempt expressed in some pieces or feel a strong sense of historical tragedy in others. “Virginia revives slavery” was written in reaction to a plan in Virginia to have a confederate history month and “White couple accidentally visit the MLK memorial in Atlanta” is my response to visiting that memorial myself.
But social commentary aside, you will smile at the gentle humor in “Dr. Pepper arrested for possession of Coke,” and chuckle at how “Skippy the Bush kangaroo got elected in Australia” or laugh out loud when you read “Murphy’s Law will be abolished” in Ireland. There are also offbeat pieces such as one which addresses what would happen if an “Opera ends before the Fat lady sings,” or details the “Atlanta woman who secretly loves PBS pledge marathons.”
Laugh once but think twice, as you absorb the ideas expressed in these little gems.
More seriously, I have always been committed to the idea that the pen is mightier than the sword and have unswerving commitment to the ideal of free speech which I believe to be the right that most sustains liberty. I believe free speech must be exercised and ideas must be challenged to stop a society from becoming stagnant or dictatorial.
The zany story behind my writing goes like this.
I am the Director of the think-tank originally known as the Atlanta Center for Policy Analysis, later "The ACPA." We were originally founded in New Orleans by my Great-Grandfather, and no-one has ever being able to find out why he called it the Atlanta Center. After repeatedly being asked, he simply changed the name to “The ACPA.” Over the years, as I tried to find the answer, I learned to my great surprise that the ACPA was in fact a figment of the imagination, a tingling on the sensory ganglia on the laughter nerve, just below thought. That was a shock to me, I can tell you.
Originally a bricks-and-mortar organization, we lost all our think-tanks, software and our Internet in Hurricane Katrina. We had recently upgraded from steel think-tanks to modern fiberglass tanks. Because of their light weight and portability, each researcher had their own individual tank, which was far more conducive to thinking than the old steel tanks. When the Hurricane hit, we were lucky that these tanks floated so well that our staff were able to drift out of the building on the flood and get to safety.
However, homeless locals seized all the abandoned tanks for shelter as they waited for Federal Aid. It would not have mattered anyway as our headquarters building was destroyed in the deluge. Our extensive Internet was also devastated, getting entangled in multiple objects and finally being seized by some fisherman who used it to fish at Lake Pontchartrain. We did not have the heart to ask them to return it, as they seemed so hungry, what with the Federal Aid continuing to be held up. Our software was also completely soaked and never dried out properly. So now we exist solely on-line until we sell enough eBooks to get a new building. You can help by buying a copy and buying another for a friend!