7 Lousy Ledes
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him for the Kindle here below.
I can catch a TV interview with the author of a new book and have a sample on my Kindle while the interview is still in progress.
If the sample works for me, I'll have the book in my Kindle account 60 seconds later.
Amazon sends me a ton of free samples and I buy a lot of books.
Nothing like this has ever been available in the history of the world!
"The first 10 words are more important than the next 10,000," wrote Elmer "Sizzle" Wheeler.
What follows is a series of ledes from books available on Kindle where the author struck out with me.
Politics Is a Joke!
How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life
By S. Robert Lichter, Jody C Baumgartner, Jonathan S. Morris
[Somewhere I came across a review promising an avalanche of side-splitting one-liners I could drop at dinner parties.]
It may seem hard to believe today, but once upon a time there was almost no political humor on television. Until the 1980s, the broadcast networks were the only game in town, and their prime time sitcoms rarely ventured into the realm of politics. The main action took place after prime time on NBC. In the 1970s, Saturday Night Live featured some political comedy, and SNL cast member Chevy Chase became famous for portraying then-president Gerald Ford as a klutz who tripped over his own feet and many other objects. On weekdays in the same time slot, talk show host Johnny Carson's Tonight Show monologues included some one-liners that skewered politicians, unlike follow-up act in the 1980s David Letterman, who mostly steered clear of political material on Late Night.
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