A STONEzone Book Review There are two things Matt Labash can do; one is drink, the other one is write. In this collection, Labash gilds his reputation as America's leading skeptic/wise guy. I also found out that he is not susceptible to blackmail, physical threats or intimidation. I know. I tried. Labash's bullshit detector is most sensitive, and as a skeptic/wise guy, he doesn't believe anything you tell him anyway. He's always gonna go check it out. It's a real pain in the ass as with most Washington reporters you could convince them that the sky was green or that the war in Iraq was a good idea without too much effort. Bill Kristol has actually done it. You have to go out and buy this book. I say this not because it has a ahem... balanced piece on what it takes to be a political hit-man, but because the rest of his profiles are equally engaging. Labash has a way of getting into his subject's head and seeing things from their point of view. After weeks of his peppering you with questions and matching you drink for drink (I cheated replacing waters for vodkas) you almost come to trust him. Almost. In my case, I held his children in a warehouse outside of DC and released them only when the issue was on the newsstands. Now here is a list of blurbs some of which are real and some of which should be. Can you guess which is which? "I love his work." - Jeff Toobin, The New Yorker "Consistently one of the best magazine writers in the country." - David Brooks, The New York Times "I never liked this guy." - Donald Trump "I started reading Matt Labash because I was beginning to be afraid that the devil had all the best tunes: Now it's the tunes themselves by which I am seduced." - Christopher Hitchens "If you read one book this year, and I read one book a year, this should be it" - Sarah Palin "He's a brilliant writer--hilarious, profound and sharp as an X-Acto. His prose can do the impossible--even humanize Dick Cheney." - A.J. Jacob "For a generous contribution to my National Action Network, I'll give it a plug" - Rev Al Sharpton "Matt Labash's book rocks. He is Hunter S. Thompson on acid." - P.J. O'Rourke "The funniest thing I'll read all year. Labash is one of the most consistently entertaining magazine writers today... Labash has an innate sympathy for scoundrels, and he brings them to life like no other journalist today." - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic "Matt Labash is one of my closest friends in the world and a great writer to boot." - Glen Beck "In a just world, Matt Labash would be celebrated as the heir to Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson and other writers in the 1960s and 1970s who were corralled under the rubric of "new journalism," but, well, the world just isn't just. Like the best of the new-journalism practitioners, Mr. Labash inhabits a story so thoroughly that readers feel as if they're at his side, seeing events with his sharp eye, privy to his wisecracks, savoring moments when he revels in what feels like the truth." - Mark Lasswell, Wall Street Journal Unlike me, Labash can actually write non-fiction - buy this book instead of mine" - Christopher Buckley, Forbes "Every now and then, a collection of remarkable stories from a magazine writer has the effect of unleashing a significant new voice on an unsuspecting public. Tom Wolfe's Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby comes to mind. And so it is with Matt Labash's wonderful Fly Fishing with Darth Vader." - Mark Warren, Esquire magazine Buy this book now.... http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishing-Darth-Vader-Evangelical/dp/
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