Conversations with Authors - P. J. O'Rourke (Virtual Event)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, October 3rd • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

P. J. O'Rourke

in conversation with Michael Krasny

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


A note from P. J. O'Rourke:

Dear fellow Book Passagers,

Thank you for joining Michael Krasny and me at today's event.  And thank you, Elaine Petrocelli, for making this—and so much else—happen. I only wish that I (and all of you) could have been there in person.  Michael turned a book promotion into a real conversation. In Tristram Shandy, Laurence Steerne said, "Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation." So thank you, Michael, for helping me make the point that I hope A Cry from the Far Middle is a conversation with readers, not merely a rant or a rave.

Recommended books and authors:

P. J. O'Rourke


P. J. O’Rourke‘s latest work, A Cry from the Far Middle, asks his fellow Americans to take it down a notch, offering a new collection of essays about our nation’s propensity for anger and perplexity.

P. J. has written twenty books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also an H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

Michael Krasny has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, Spiritual Envy, and Let There Be Laughter, as well as the twenty-four lecture series Short Story Masterpieces.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



Tristram Shandy (Wordsworth Classics) Cover Image
By Laurence Sterne, Cedric Watts (Notes by), Keith Carabine (Editor)
ISBN: 9781853262913
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Wordsworth Editions - March 5th, 1996

With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802157737
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 15th, 2020

P.J. O'Rourke says we've worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it's no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been about. This uproarious look at the current state of these United States includes essays like "Woke to the Sound of Laughter," about the upside of being "woke" (and unable to get back to sleep); "Sympathy vs.

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

A true classic of twentieth-century literature, this edition has been updated by Fitzgerald scholar James L.W.

The Order: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062834843
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2020

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.

None of My Business Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802147769
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

After decades covering war and disaster, bestselling author and acclaimed satirist P. J. O'Rourke takes on his scariest subjects yet--business, investment, finance, and the political chicanery behind them.

Want to get rich overnight for free in 3 easy steps with no risk? Then don't buy this book.

Thrown Under the Omnibus: A Reader Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125675
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Published: Grove Press - November 22nd, 2016

P. J. O'Rourke has had a prolific career as one of America's most celebrated humorists. But that career almost didn't happen. As he explains it, "I began to write for pay in the spring of 1970. To tell the truth I didn't even want to be a writer, I meant to be a race car driver, but I didn't have a race car."

Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802141989
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press - April 5th, 2005

With his latest national best seller, Peace Kills, P.J. O'Rourke casts his ever-shrewd and mordant eye on America's latest adventures in warfare. Imperialism has never been more fun.

Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (O'Rourke) Cover Image
By P. J. O'Rourke, Andrew Ferguson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780802139702
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Published: Grove Press - January 7th, 2003

Called "an everyman's guide to Washington" (The New York Times), P. J. O'Rourke's savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system.

How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127655
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Published: Grove Press - January 9th, 2018

This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O'Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now available from Grove Press, P. J. O'Rourke's classic, best-selling guided tour of the world's most desolate, dangerous, and desperate places. "Tired of making bad jokes" and believing that "the world outside seemed a much worse joke than anything I could conjure," P. J.

Holidays in Heck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802145956
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Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Over twenty years ago, P.J. O'Rourke published Holidays in Hell, the classic travelogue that found him searching for excitement in places like Warsaw, Managua, and Belfast. In Holidays in Heck, the man dubbed "the funniest writer in America" by Time and The Wall Street Journal steps into the new and slightly less dangerous territory of the family vacation.

Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802140319
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press - October 10th, 2003

p.J. O'Rouke tackles the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein.

Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics (O'Rourke) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871137609
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 23rd, 1999

In the tradition of his contemporary classic Parliament of Whores, the man who The Wall Street Journal calls "the funniest writer in America" is back with Eat the Rich, in which he takes on the global economy. P. J.

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...and It Wasn't My Fault...and I'll Never Do It Again... Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802122902
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2014

P.J. O'Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s "underground" newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world's only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell" in more than 40 countries.

All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty (O'Rourke) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871136114
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 12th, 1995

With All the Trouble in the World, P. J. O'Rourke once again landed on best-seller lists around the country, confirming his reputation as the pre-eminent political humorist of our time. Attacking fashionable worries - all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue - P. J.

Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804763370
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Published: Stanford General Books - March 1st, 2009

KQED Radio's Michael Krasny is one of the country's leading interviewers of literary luminaries, a maestro for educated listeners who prefer their discourse high and civil. He is a writer's interviewer.

But it didn't start out that way.