Picks and Pans Review: I Am America (and So Can You!)

UPDATED 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Stephen Colbert |

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REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN

HUMOR

America's favorite self-satisfied blowhard (no, not Bill O'Reilly) and his writers from Comedy Central's brilliant The Colbert Report have written an "autobiography" of sorts for his TV alter ego, a man who believes in "truthiness," justice and the American way—his way, of course. He also offers plenty of wisdom. On working mothers: "A messy home sends a coded message: 'I'm not lovable. Otherwise Mom would dust.'" On sex: "There is nothing more beautiful than two mature people ... in a committed, loving relationship doing something unspeakably debasing." And then there's "Things That Are Trying to Turn Me Gay and Their Success on a Scale of One to Ten" (Gay People—4; Throw Rugs—7; Clive Owen—8; Origami—2 ...). Exactly how Colbert manages to be so funny, and so in character, for the 228 pages of this book is a mystery none of us will solve. But there's great pleasure in trying.

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