While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern
Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became
clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the
impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a
café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a
fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans;
and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model
spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young
passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this
what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled
for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-
A menacing force surrounds us. We see it; we feel it; we
know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While
politicians and experts prattle on about the debt crisis at
home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown
threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines
our present. The uncomfortable truth is we have become our
own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now
turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our
ignorance, arrogance, and gluttony . . . Can you believe there
are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?
Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to
woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails
American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura
Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of
our cultural hell.
You know we’re in trouble when . . .
- Airplane seats shrink—just as the passengers expand.
- Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple,
Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo,
Blanket and Bronx).
- People meticulously tend their virtual crops on
Farmville while their children eat takeout.
- “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday.
- The weddings last longer than the marriages.
- Facebook has become a verb and reading has become
an ancient art form.
Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore,
igniting a national conversation long past due.
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in her book makes sense...skinny lattes, skinny jeans, high
tech strollers with cup holders, parents who let kids express
themselves with bad behavior (the type I would have been
spanked for if I even thought about stepping out of line back
in the day), lack of manners, the inability to distinguish
between personal and public information and our
increasingly connected disconnected youth. When I think
about it, my kids were lucky their mid-80's stroller had
brakes, and the wheels, as I recall, only went forward or
back; I had to pop a wheelie to make a turn or correct
course...and my hand was my cup holder.
It's important to step back and laugh at ourselves once in a
while...of course I write this on my i-Pad as I'm considering
taking my son's dog (oops, animal companion), who is a
semi-permanent house guest (my son living elsewhere), over
to PetSmart for a nail trimming, and wondering if I should
sign her up for a supervised play date for a few extra
bucks...all on my dime. Time to reset my priorities, and just
take her for a walk. No mention of boomerang pets in Of
Thee I Zing. I guess I'm on the cutting edge of something
Life lessons, a snapshot of life in 2011, and an etiquette book
wrapped in satire; if you don't find yourself on at least one
page you might want to pass the book to a friend and get
their thoughts. Funny and thought provoking to the last
page, and well worth a weekend read. *****__ Anna.
The book is a sharp, pun-filled romp through some astute
observations concerning the vapid, petty lifestyle habits that
seems to be the norm in American society lately. Basically, as
Ingraham says in her intro: "Our manners are shot. We
dress like homeless prostitutes and derelict drug addicts. We
spend countless hours social networking and end up being
less social. Our pop culture has popped....We're going to hell
in a hand basket (and the hand basket was made in China)."
Pretty zingy and all too true. Ingraham asks "Is this what
our forefathers fought for?" She declares that the first step
toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. ****__
About The Author: Laura
Ingraham is the New York Times
bestselling author of The Obama
Diaries and Power to the People, the
most listened-to woman in political
talk syndicated radio program, a Fox
News contributor, and permanent
substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor.
A former Supreme Court law clerk and
white-collar criminal defense litigator,
she lives in the Washington, D.C. area
with her two children.