Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Rick Mercer Report: The Book (November 30)

rmr largeOne of the local thrift stores was having a bag book sale this week – fill a bag with books for a dollar, so I went along and was able to easily fill a bag with books for myself and my family. One of the books I got is my choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo – Rick Mercer Report: The Book by Rick Mercer. I haven’t seen the show for a while, but I always enjoy it when I do, especially Rick’s rants. GoodReads gives the following description:

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, prepare yourself for the next big thing in publishing – Rick Mercer Report: The Book.

After a decade-long absence from our book stores, Canada’s preeminent satirist returns with a new collection of rants, writings, and comic encounters with the great and good of politics, showbiz, and literature. (Yes, relive Pierre Berton offering advice on rolling a joint, and Margaret Atwood showing off her hockey skills as a goalie.) Rick, a tremendous writing talent as well as a verbal one, has selected the best of his rants from the first four seasons of RMR, sprinkled in choice moments from his interviews, added a generous helping of other material that has never been broadcast, and arranged the whole into revealing themes and groupings with all-new introductions, reflections, and updates. Who knew that Stephen Harper was quite so preoccupied with gay sex? That Paul Martin could be so forgetful? That politicians could be so sleazy? Well, no doubt most of us did — but it’s wonderful to have it pointed out again by this brilliantly funny and charismatic talent.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Rick Mercer Report: The Book:

(From the introduction) The truth is I rarely know where I am going to be from one day to the next. My luggage has remained packed for over a decade and I have more long underwear than any city dweller in his right mind should need.

(Page 1) In a minority government timing is everything. And when a minority government looks like it’s teetering on the brink of collapse, whether actually or imagined, orchestrated or not,  you can rest assured that once the structural flaws are exposed a chorus of pundits will start to sing: “Canadians just aren’t in the mood for an election.” Personally, I am always in the mood for an election – but that’s a character flaw of mine. Most hockey fans would be happy with back-to-back playoffs, and that is pretty much the way I feel about elections.

This is a bit longer than I normally share, but I wanted to show a bit of Rick’s good humour.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Rick Mercer Report: The Book:

Ladies and gentlemen, honoured guests, protester standing silently at the back of the room with a bag on his head, thank you for coming here today.

Hopefully, I’ll get to read this book soon, as I really like his style and humour.


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