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Why We Like Satire Even When Things Don’t Change

In 1729, A Modest Proposal shocked a staid and stiff England. Readers were immediately repulsed by the anonymous author’s suggestion that people eat children in order to stop children from starving. They rose up and demanded that action be taken to stop the immense poverty sweeping Ireland. Aristocrats and scholars, the primary targets of A Modest Proposal, quickly threw money and workable solutions at the problem. That satire, one of Jonathon Swift’s many masterpieces, produced sweeping changes.

We’ve had a three-hundred-year drought since then.

So why do we keep reading satire?

April 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday: A Vote for Jesus Releases Today!

A Vote for Jesus, an old-fashioned political satire that confronts modern politics, releases today. While bookstores unfortunately remained closed due to COVID-19, print and ebooks can be ordered through Amazon, … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cover Reveal: A Vote for Jesus (Political Satire)

A Vote for Jesus, a political satire that savagely attacks our corrupt and ridiculous campaigns, is now available for pre-order.

So, what’s the book about? It’s a satire in the classic sense. Jesus Christ, a poor, unknown carpenter from Bethlehem, PA…

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cover Reveal: Dad Jokes for Kids

This is my third joke book for Sterling Children’s Books, and it may just have the cutest cover of all. But then how can you go wrong with kids and … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday: Just for Kicks! Just Released

Just for Kicks!: 600 Knock-Out Jokes, Puns and Riddles About Sports hits the shelves today! Kids love jokes. Kids love sports. Just for Kicks offers completely original sports jokes for … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Official Cover Reveal for My Next Children’s Book

Want to know what goes into making a good cover? Then check out the final cover for my new kids’ book because I think the marketing and artistic teams at Sterling Children’s Books nailed it. To find out why, keep reading.

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Comedy Sayings That Can Improve Any Author’s Writing

Want to know what stand-up comedy can teach you about writing? There are about as many types of comedy as there are genres of literature. Prop comedy. Political comedy. Observations. … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment