I Told You So

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Beacon Press, 2009 - Humor - 189 pages
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I Told You So is a hilarious, bittersweet, and politically acute survival guide. In collected columns and routines, Kate Clinton gleefully details personal coping techniques tested over a lifetime. They’re perfectly suited for political and cultural upheaval: wildcatting for democracy, curbing your cynicism, and changing the climate. Read them and you’ll never be voted off the island.
 
Clinton’s new collection spans refreshingly disparate topics: sexual hypocrisy and gay marriage; girls gone wild and boys gone to war; Hillary Clinton and U.S. politics; Obama props and prop hates; baptism and waterboarding, as well as intelligent design, families of choice, and even bee colony collapses. With intriguing titles such as “The Sistine Shusher,” “Lights out on Bush,” and “The Closet and the Confessional,” the essays in the book are classic Clinton—provocative, thoughtful, and edgy.
 
As a humorist for over twenty-five years, Clinton believes that making light—light enough to see and light enough to move—is what sustains us. What unites the essays is a Möbius strip of humor intended not to dissipate outrage but rather to motivate action.

 

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User Review  - lilithcat - LibraryThing

Despite Rachel Maddow's blurb on the cover, I didn't find this particularly funny, which was a surprise as I've read other work by Clinton that was. Maybe it's just too dated. Read full review

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I'm hard-pressed to figure out how to describe the writing of Kate Clinton. Given that she is a comedian, it seems like funny should be a part of my description, but it's not. There were a few places ... Read full review

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Contents

Democracy Diet
3
I Want My Gay TV
4
Were Back in Kansas Toto
6
The Passion of the Penguins
8
Why Youll Never Hear Heeeeeeeres Katie
10
Hikikomori
13
Mashups and Me
15
HeWho
16
FaithBased Comedy
93
The Sistine Shusher
95
Reading Between the Holy Lines
96
DingDong
98
Ordained Comic
99
MKay?
102
St Alfs Science Fair
105
The Closet and the Confessional
107

The Body Politic
18
Hairspray
20
Dog Days of Summer
21
See Alice?
23
Crabby Putinesca
24
Sister Friends
27
Feeling Potlucky
29
King of My Heart
30
Desperate Housewiles
32
Tant PU
33
Kiss My Benchmark
35
You Logo Girl
36
This Ones for You Mildred
38
Argh OMateys
40
Big Love Trumps Mr Big
42
Ptown GPS
43
Bawdy Politics
47
An American Impressionist
49
Not Full Citizens
50
Happy Returns
52
Stupor Bowl
54
Amazing Grace
55
B Is for Benchmark
57
TGI 912
59
Rudimentary
60
Our State of Affairs Is a Great State Fair
63
Curb Your Cynicism
65
Late Adopters
66
Fighting Weight
68
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit
71
Why Not Hillary?
73
If you go down to the woods today
75
Hillaphoblc Blowback
76
Hillarys My Guy
78
Sitting Shiva on She
81
It Aint Over
83
Hubble Hubble
84
Carpooling on the Straight Talk Express
88
Do You Have to Go?
89
The Itch to Hitch
91
Moral Footprints
113
Gayvolution Theory
115
I Wish I Could Quit Ewe
116
Just Rehab Those Slurs Away
118
Edible Equality
121
Incoming
123
The Month Formerly Known as June
124
Friends of Bill and Dorothy
126
ENDA Dont MENDA
128
Power Is Sexy Action Is Hot
129
Go Golden Staters Go Buckeyes
131
The Perfect Heterostorm
133
He Sees Gay People
135
Citizen Arrests
139
Third Term
141
Peace of My Mind
142
The UN Goes to Junior High
144
I Dont Heart Huckabee
146
Happy International Womens Day
147
DC 911
148
Buzzkill
150
Lights Out on Bush
151
Curb Your Mitt
153
Hypocrites Galore
154
Precollision Intelligence
156
Bush as Belichick
158
PBTSD
159
The Unconflicted White Man
161
On the GLAAD Rag
162
Wii the People
165
Come On Rogue
169
Project Runaway
171
Civic Tempura
173
Even Covergirls Get the Blues
176
The Palin Effect
178
The Right to Comfort
181
The Big Gay Slowdown
183
Afterword
187
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Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. She has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals. Clinton is author of What the L? and Don’t Get Me Started, has produced eight comedy collections and, two DVDs and has an active tour schedule. She blogs and vlogs regularly at kateclinton.com, and lives with her partner, Urvashi Vaid, in New York.

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