Nearly News: Satire Stories Seeking Significance 2006-2014

Brian Jaeger
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Good satire is hard to find. It's even harder to write. While this is not a complete guide teaching all of the intricacies of writing satire, it does provide some biting satire and an explanation behind each story.
The purpose of many of the articles was to show human flaws but not necessarily to solve problems. You can read right-wing rags or liberal laments for that. While most of the book is written as news articles, you will also find interviews with God and Satan, a sermon, and several opinion pieces from various voices. While nobody is a clear winner in this book, you might note the slightly liberal bias of the author, especially in later years.
Even though most of the stories appear in Real Wisconsin News and some of the stories are written specifically about a suburban Milwaukee school district, you will be able to relate to just about all of the content, unless you are living under a rock or from Europe. However, if you are from elsewhere, there is no better way to understand Americans that to see what they find funny about the news.
If you enjoy The Onion, The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, or The Golden Girls, you should like this book. It's a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our country, even if that person is one of the One Percenters. Great for social studies teachers, social scientists, social climbers, social disease carriers, and socialites alike.
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About the author

I started writing in my friend's basement back in high school. Because of our love for the Indiana Jones series, we wrote about the adventures of Arizona and Utah, two American kids who searched for such items as the Sacred Beer Stein and the Bubbler of Youth. The writing was not great, but my friends laughed. Later, I wrote some ridiculous poetry, and my friends laughed. It took me a few years and some college classes to take writing a bit more seriously. However, I still want my writing to entertain.

As an English teacher, I helped students work with their writing. However, my true passion was my own writing. I could help them with voice, imagery, metaphor, and other techniques, but I could not move past the desire to create my own.

As a father, I encourage my own kids to be creative. As a husband, I try to write romantic lines for my wife, who expected a poem a day once she realized she was committed to a writer.

I am cynical about the world, which helps me in writing humor and satire, but I also embrace the beauty of the world and my chance to add my voice to the human experience. 

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Publisher
Brian Jaeger
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Published on
Jul 20, 2014
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Pages
230
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Satire
Fiction / Sports
Humor / Form / Parodies
Humor / General
Political Science / Comparative Politics
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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