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Queenan, Joe

Overview
Works: 29 works in 130 publications in 2 languages and 6,535 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Case studies  Humor  History  Reviews  Internet videos  Anecdotes  Interviews  Essays  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: CT275.Q44, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Joe Queenan
Balsamic dreams : a short but self-important history of the baby boomer generation by Joe Queenan( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... how a generation with so much promise lost its way ... a hilarious work of incisive social commentary."--Jacket
The malcontents : the best bitter, cynical, and satirical writing in the world( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's no surprise that, as he claims in his thoughtful and witty introduction, humorist Queenan (Balsamic Dreams) relished the opportunity to pore over and select the hilarious and sometimes disturbing works in this anthology. As he points out, "One of the great pleasures in reading books that are hundreds and even thousands of years old is in discovering how little the targets of the satirist have changed over the centuries." The buffoonery and sometimes depravity of such targets are on full display in this volume, which features 30 works by 19 authors and includes such classics as "A Modest Proposal," Candide, and shorter pieces by Mark Twain and Flann O'Brien. Gargantua and Pantagruel and Don Quixote rollick through brief selections as well. Queenan makes a good case for the less obvious choices rounding out the collection, notably Machiavelli's The Prince and de Sade's Justine, but he fails to link the ancient with the contemporary: the last half-century of bitter and cynical writing goes disappointingly ignored. And yet, though heavily weighted toward "classic satire," this anthology is likely the best of its kind to date. Recommended for all libraries
If you're talking to me, your career must be in trouble : movies, mayhem, and malice by Joe Queenan( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This self-proclaimed "mean-spirited turnip" has sent the denizens of Tinseltown reeling with such classics as "Sacred Cow" (about Barbra Streisand) and "The Dark Side of the Moon" (an avid appreciation of Melanie Griffith's endowments), not to mention "Mickey Rourke for a Day," in which our fearless author impersonates the well-known bad boy by smoking eighty-seven Marlboros within twenty-four hours and degrading women on the streets of New York
Imperial caddy : the rise of Dan Quayle in America and the decline and fall of practically everything else by Joe Queenan( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unkindest cut : how a hatchet-man critic made his own $7,000 movie and put it all on his credit card by Joe Queenan( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confessions of a cineplex heckler : celluloid tirades and escapades by Joe Queenan( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of essays previously published in magazines and newspapers
The Dadly virtues : adventures from the worst job you'll ever love by O'Rourke( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the all-star cast who brought you The Seven Deadly Virtues comes a book with a look at the good life or the crazy-stressful-overwhelmed life of a father. The Dadly Virtues is a tongue-in-cheek collection of encouragement and guidance for any stage of fatherhood, from pacifying babies to prepping for senior prom, from cutting the cord to getting the first, "Best Grandpa" t-shirt. --Provided by publisher
Balsamic dreams : [a short but self-important history of the baby boomer generation] by Joe Queenan( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An uproarious look at members of a generation whose search for authenticity led them into pretension and pomposity.--Container
America : red lobster, white trash and the blue lagoon by Joe Queenan( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While plumbing the depths of American mass culture for this book, something worrying began happening to Joe Queenan - he started enjoying Liberace albums and he developed a compulsion to watch "The A Team". This book maps the author's journey into the depths of schlock
Closing time : [a memoir] by Joe Queenan( )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deeply funny and affecting memoir about a great escape from a childhood of poverty
One for the books by Joe Queenan( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of America's leading humorists seriously examines his own obsession with books. Joe Queenan became a voracious reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then he has dedicated himself to an assortment of idiosyncratic reading challenges: spending a year reading only short books, spending a year reading books he always suspected he would hate, spending a year reading books he picked with his eyes closed. In One for the Books, Queenan tries to come to terms with his own eccentric reading style -- how many more books will he have time to read in his lifetime? Why does he refuse to read books hailed by reviewers as "astonishing"? Why does he refuse to lend out books? Will he ever buy an e-book? Why does he habitually read thirty to forty books simultaneously? Why are there so many people to whom the above questions do not even matter -- and what do they read?
Red lobster, white trash, and the blue lagoon : Joe Queenan's America by Joe Queenan( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pokes fun at icons from Garth Brooks to Danielle Steel, from Las Vegas to PBS
In peril on the sea : sailing ships, stormy seas* by Clive Phillpot( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Risk, Reward, Responsibility : Ethics in Business( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Should the executives at Casablanca Cruise Lines have asbestos removed from their ships by a company based in the former Soviet republic of Novostan? The cost would be $80 million less than if an American company were used, but Novostani standards of worker safety are far less rigorous. What should executives at MaxiCorp disclose about accidents in cars using their device, which doubles the mileage of cars in which it is installed, when they have no idea whether their device is contributing to the accidents? And what should executives at Wowie Info do when the authoritarian government of Jaigunda demands the name of a Jaigundan customer who has been using Wowie's Internet services to criticize the government? In each case, panelists struggle to make sound business decisions while observing ethical imperatives in the changing global economy."--Annenberg website
Queen 'n' country by Joe Queenan( Book )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Reluctant anglophile's pilgrimage to the mother country
My goodness : a cynic's short-lived search for sainthood by Joe Queenan( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queenan's spiritual odyssey on the high seas of virtue is a hilarious, heartwarming tale of a very bad man's attempt to become very good. As he freely confesses, if there was more money in it, everybody would be nice. Probably
The Christmas virtues : a treasury of conservative tales for the holidays by Rob Long( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Christmas season is a minefield of terrors: the family get-togethers with weird uncles, the sloppy office parties, the annoying ten-page Look-at-Us holiday letters--and we haven't even mentioned the Black Friday mobs and that wretched Alvin and the Chipmunks song that plays every ninety minutes on Pandora, whether you like it or not. And don't forget the PC police lurking around every corner looking to beat the last bits of joy out of our society. Merry Christmas? Really? 'Tis the season to recapture the wonder of Christmas, in our hearts and in our homes and even out in the public square. The Christmas Virtues is a humorous companion for, and guide to, navigating the trials and tribulations of the holiday season. It's a reminder of how we can embrace the joy, hope, and love of Christmas. And it's a call for us to stand up on behalf of Christmas because America needs it now, more than ever." --
TWELVE STEPS TO DEATH( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Queenan country : a reluctant Anglophile's pilgrimage to the mother country by Joe Queenan( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this hilarious romp through England, one of America's preeminent humorists seeks the answer to an eternal question: What makes the Brits tick' One semitropical Fourth of July, Joe Queenan's English wife suggested that the family might like a chicken vindaloo in lieu of the customary barbecue. It was this pitiless act of gastronomic cultural oppression, coupled with dread of the fearsome Christmas pudding that awaited him for dessert, that inspired the author to make a solitary pilgrimage to Great Britain. Freed from the obligation to visit an unending procession of Aunty Margarets and Cousin Robins, as he had done for the first twenty-six years of their marriage, Queenan decided that he would not come back from Albion until he had finally penetrated the limey heart of darkness. His trip was not in vain. Crisscrossing Old Blighty like Cromwell hunting Papists, Queenan finally came to terms with the choochiness, squiffiness, ponciness, and sticky wicketness that lie at the heart of the British character. Here he is trying to find out whose idea it was to impale King Edward II on a red-hot poker-and what this says about English sexual politics. Here he is in an Edinburgh pub foolishly trying to defend Paul McCartney's "Ebony and Ivory." And here he is, trapped in a concert hall with a Coventry-based all-Brit Eagles tribute band named Talon who resent that they are nowhere near as famous as their evil nemeses, the Illegal Eagles. At the end of his epic adventure, the author returns chastened, none the wiser, but encouraged that his wife is actually as sane as she is, in light of her fellow countrymen
Closing time : a memoir by Joe Queenan( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted in American culture. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and a more personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic, alcoholic father, and his long flight away from the dismal confines of his neighborhood into the greater, wide world. A story about salvation and escape, Closing Time has at its heart the makings of a classic American autobiography
 
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Balsamic dreams : a short but self-important history of the baby boomer generation
Alternative Names
Joe Queenan American writer

Joe Queenan Amerikaans journalist

Joe Queenan escritor estadounidense

Queenan, Joe

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The malcontents : the best bitter, cynical, and satirical writing in the worldIf you're talking to me, your career must be in trouble : movies, mayhem, and maliceThe unkindest cut : how a hatchet-man critic made his own $7,000 movie and put it all on his credit cardConfessions of a cineplex heckler : celluloid tirades and escapadesAmerica : red lobster, white trash and the blue lagoonClosing time : [a memoir]Red lobster, white trash, and the blue lagoon : Joe Queenan's AmericaMy goodness : a cynic's short-lived search for sainthoodQueenan country : a reluctant Anglophile's pilgrimage to the mother country