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Specters as various as Vallejo, Szymborska, Neruda, Fidel Castro, and Groucho Marx guide and support the elegies in Christopher Buckley's new collection. A god that may or may not be there as well as politics, memory, history, popular culture, philosophy, and a good deal of arm wrestling with chance inform Buckley's on-going debate between faith and doubt, science and religion. Buckley brings his customary sense of irony and slant humor to bear on the deep inquiry into our collective fates in Agnostic.
Cloud Memoir is a collection of Christopher Buckley's longer poems, his most wide-ranging and serious work built with a symphonic structure-theme, variation, recapitulation trilled with speculative formations, its this/but that, its faith-and-doubt. Rarely did/do the grey cells and the music of experience organize themselves into quick dramatic or pithy movements. These beautifully structured longer poems provide both the metaphysical and putative room to move. Tomorrow, no doubt, more of us will come from the Midwest for favorable exchange rates, the ruins and the partial restorations of romance; we'll believe without question and so run no risk from the church. But there's a new inquisition here, sectarian as the old-it takes us away from lunch under bright umbrellas and unsettles conversation over drinks along the Via Veneto; this red brigade would kneecap half the glove to get their way. So maybe it's as you say- after all there is no real evidence.
Star Journal is a selection of poems from Christopher Buckley's twenty previous collections, 1980-2014. Buckley's poetry is unique in its use of current science and cosmology, recent facts and theories mixed in with a lyrical underpinning.
From New York Times bestselling author Christopher Buckley, one of the funniest writers in the English language (Tom Wolfe), a compelling and hilarious adventure featuring a sixteenth-century relic hunter and his best friend, Albrecht Drer, who conspire to forge the Shroud of Turin.The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures authentic religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences. When Albrechts ambitions increase his demands for grander and more marketable relics, Dismas and his artist friend Drer conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble. Unfortunately Drers reckless pride exposes Albrechts newly acquired shroud as a fake, so Albrecht puts Dismas and Drer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christs burial cloth (the Shroud of Chambry), Europes most celebrated relic. On their journey to Savoy where the Shroud will be displayed, they battle a lustful count and are joined by a beautiful female apothecary. It is only when they reach their destination that they realize they are not alone in their intentions to acquire a relic of dubious legitimacy. Filled with fascinating details about art, religion, politics and science; Vatican intrigue; and Buckleys signature wit, The Relic Master is a delightfully rich and intelligent comic adventure.
His 20th collection of poetry, Back Room at the Philosophers' Club evidences Buckley's continued and rightfully-earned place in American letters.
"e;Chaos im Weien Haus"e;, der literarische Erstling des groen amerikanischen Erzahlers Christopher Buckley, ist ein Gefuhlsfeuerwerk zwischen Anarchie und Hysterie auf den Korridoren der Macht - und schlicht das lustigste Buch uber Politik, das man sich vorstellen kann. Der geniale Erstling von Christopher Buckley, dem Autor von Thank you for smoking. Vom Vertrauten des US-Prsidenten zum Berater der First Lady - Herb Wadlough, der Held in Chaos im Weien Haus, beschreibt seine sagenhaft nervenaufreibende Karriere im Haushalt des Prsidenten. Und erzhlt uns sffisant-amsiert, wie es zugeht im wichtigsten Wohnzimmer der Welt - im Oval Office, drum herum - und gar nicht so wenig von der "e;First-Ehe"e;, der von Mr President und Jessie, hoch attraktive und hoch eigenstndige Prsidentengattin
Christopher Buckley at his best: an extraordinary, wide-ranging selection of essays both hilarious and poignant, irreverent and delightful.In his first book of essays since his 1997 bestseller, Wry Martinis, Buckley delivers a rare combination of big ideas and truly fun writing. Tackling subjects ranging from How to Teach Your Four-Year-Old to Ski to A Short History of the Bug Zapper, and The Art of Sacking to literary friendships with Joseph Heller and Christopher Hitchens, he is at once a humorous storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous traveler, and irreverent historian. Reading these essays is the equivalent of being in the company of a tremendously witty and enlightening companion. Praised as both deeply informed and deeply funny by The Wall Street Journal, Buckley will have you laughing and reflecting in equal measure.
Holy Days of Obligation, the third part of Christopher Buckley's memoir trilogy is a book about place and vocation. Set primarily in Santa Barbara and Montecito in the 1950's and 60's, among the woods and natural elements all around him, in the residue of light lifting from soda fountains, movies, surf boards, and old Chevrolets, the narrator of these crisp essays finds his consciousness forming a faith in the power of place and in the work of art.
Christopher Buckley investigates the large, unanswerable questions that have dogged humanity since the Beginning. Often the seascapes along the California coast toss their debris of ontological doubts upon the shores of his writing . . . uncertainties concerning God, the human condition, the limits of our knowing, and the universe.Buckley's poetry provides readers with the constant blending of beautiful language and stirring content. Full of emotion, Varieties of Religious Experience promises to deliver meaningful messages.
The one-sentence poem has proven to be a compelling and persistent poetic device through the ages. This anthology offers strategies and prompts for using the single sentence as a principle of poetic structure, a rhetorical tool, and a stimulus. The book includes an extraordinary array of one-sentence poems from a wide range of historical periods, poetic perspectives, and lengths--from epigrams and aphorisms to sonnets, lyrics, and narratives that range over several pages. More than 80 poets are represented, from Shakespeare to Kay Ryan.
Nobody blows smoke like Nick Naylor. He's a spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies-in other words, a flack for cigarette companies, paid to promote their product on talk and news shows. The problem? He's so good at his job, so effortlessly unethical, that he's become a target for both anti-tobacco terrorists and for the FBI. In a country where half the people want to outlaw pleasure and the other want to sell you a disease, what will become of the original Puff Daddy?
Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "e;an ambitious senator seeking the presidency."e; With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "e;transitioning"e;) all the way to the White House,over the objections of the Religious Right, and of course, the Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.
In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist "e;Bird"e; McIntyre teams up with sexy, outspoken neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese secret service is working to assassinate the Dalai Lama.Meanwhile in China, mild-mannered President Fa Mengyao and his devoted aide Gang are maneuvering desperately against sinister party hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Now Fa and Gang must convince the world that the People's Republic is not out to kill the Dalai Lama, while maintaining Fa's small margin of power in the increasingly militaristic environment of the party.On the home front, Bird must contend with a high-strung wife who entertains Olympic equestrian ambition, and the qualifying competition happens to be taking place in China. As things unravel abroad, Bird and Angel's lie comes dangerously close to reality. And as their relationship rises to a new level, so do mounting tensions between the United States and China.
BOOMSDAY: One of America's most hilarious novelists and bestselling author of Thank You For Smoking takes on the plight of aging Baby Boomers in this Swiftian comedy about generational warfare. SUPREME COURTSHIP: The President of the United State, ticked off at the Senate for rejecting his nominees, decides to get even by nominating America's most popular TV judge to the supreme court. (I'm just using the two book descriptions for ease).