Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 9, 2010 - Political Science - 336 pages
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One of the most gifted and entertaining journalists writing today, Matt Labash can extract comic humanity from even the most wary politicians, con artists, and rogues—while shedding wisdom about the rich corners of our American experience. Fly Fishing with Darth Vader pulls together the best of Labash’s feature writing and includes his masterful profiles of the outrageous characters who populate America’s periphery, his loving and lacerating portraits of New Orleans and Detroit, and his hilarious tirades on the health hazards of Facebook and the virtues of dodgeball. Among other must-read essays, Labash chronicles Al Sharpton’s eating habits, fishes the Snake River with Dick Cheney, and investigates the “great white waste of time” that is our neighbor to the north.

Labash was born with a natural appreciation for the American scoundrel and a sense that life is one big chance for laughter. For those reasons, Fly Fishing with Darth Vader will be cherished and talked about for years.
 

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Contents

Roger Stone Political Animal
27
Down with Facebook
47
Yippie Kay Oy
73
Dodgeball the New Phys
93
Welcome to Canada the Great White Waste of Time
107
End of the Rogue
121
Among the Pornographers
149
Goodbye Babylon
183
Making
209
Riding with the Kossacks
223
Rev Gotta
243
Forced Funtivities
263
Hunting Bubba
277
And the Band Plays
293
Acknowledgments
313
Copyright

Hitting Heathens with Chairs
195

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Matt Labash is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, where he has worked since 1995. He lives in Owings, Maryland, with his wife and two children.

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