Roseanne Barr Goes Anarch in New Book
Roseanna came out with a new book calling for the beheading of Wall Street bankers. She wants to be the first matriarch despot of America and Israel, simultaneously, like Obama, but a kinder gentler despot. For instance she puts a flat maximum wealth ceiling of $100 million per nuclear family. That means you cannot be a Michale Moore with $200 million. She also calls for the beheading of any Wall Street banker that does not comply after going to re-education camps. She would completely take away their lobbying powers from the government and allow them to fail as they should. She would indict and prosecute any and all Wall Street bankers that were involved in stealing tax payer money.
Rosanne speaks the truth so bluntly that it’s funny, and then when you think about it, it’s shocking because there’s so much that’s true to your experience. Contrast the blunt force of her take on any issue compared to the Oprahfication of America and you’ll see how far we’ve fallen. Her solution is “simple truth” to most any problem. “It’s not complicated, just do the right thing,” she writes over and over, whether it be MidEast Peace or the “war” on drugs or stupid kids. I think she overemphasizes her emotional response to her singing the National Anthem back in the early 90s. It was a comedienne’s take on the silliness of that ritual, the same ritual where the field is filled by multimillionaire ballplayers while us poor slobs who bought tickets to see them can’t afford an $8 hot dog at the same game! Buy the book, you’ll laugh, and then you’ll be pissed off at how right she is on so many issues. Don’t look for help from the news media because they don’t understand someone who doesn’t fit into their predictable little boxes.
I started Roseanne’s book unsure what to expect. She’s always spoken her mind, which I respect. The cover caught my eye and the humor of a “nut farm” reference only to find out she really does live on a nut farm made me give her book a shot. Secretly I wondered how far I would get though.
The foreword by her first husband took me by surprise. It already wasn’t what I anticipated. When I started Roseanne’s first words I was stuck by a charm and a wit I’d denied her previously. Then her brash side appeared with hilarious results.
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To my surprise she tackles deep topics, explaining her childhood, admitting her short comings and even addresses the “National Anthem” debacle in unequaled honesty. I became fascinated with how she became her public persona. Awed by a sixty year old who can seamlessly transition from internet code (such as LOL), to dropping a recipe for noodles, followed by gapping socio-political boundaries all while making me LOL!
Unexpectedly, I couldn’t put this book down. In two days I’d devoured it like “good pancakes” or a “plastic sealed and boiled Salisbury steak”. Many of her views are not for the faint of heart, as she expects they’ll undoubtedly be taken out of context. It makes me glad I’ve read them first hand so I can see the truth for myself.
One thing is for sure, for decades people have debated whether you would want Roseanne as your Mom but from reading this book theirs no doubt she’s the kind of “bubbe” we’d all secretly love to have.
Give this book a chance and it will surprise you as it did me.
Being a fan of “Roseanne” the sitcom and of the comedian herself, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I heard about it several months ago. I have to say that with all that anticipation, the book does not disappoint. Having read her first two books (“My Life as A Woman” and “My Lives”), I would say that this book is a nice balance between the themes of her first two books (the theme in the first book being feminism and family, and the theme in the latter being Hollywood and fame). The book itself is a collection of essays on topics including politics, family, sex, religion, and show business. It also offers a glimpse into Roseanne’s childhood, growing up in a Jewish family in Salt Lake City, Utah. You won’t see much in depth talk about the sitcom, but I would recommend “My Lives” if that’s what you’re interested in. Overall, the book was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to any fan of Roseanne’s, or anyone who is interested in reading a woman’s unique perspective on life in general.