Jon Stewart’s name should be added to the list of great Americans. And, I would add him to the list of people I would like to have as friend, with whom I could enjoy an occasional dinner. Of course, I’m too boring to merit such a waste of his time, but I am permitted to fantasize.
He seems to be the smartest guy on television, far more clever than most of the people he interviews. And, more intelligent than other television hosts. Why can’t he be King of the United States? That would solve many problems and be far more entertaining than the current government. I’m sure that he would behead most members of the Senate and House of Representatives, an act that would surely please most of his new subjects.
Recently, when flipping through news channel in hopes of finding something captivating, I paused on Fox News (yeah, I know the word masochist just flashed through your mind) and heard the Head Blonde mention that the next topic would be Jon Stewart. Being a fan of The Daily Show, I wanted to hear how badly he would be treated. They would surely seek revenge for his constantly pointing out the truth about their lapses. I knew that he had been interviewed on air by Chris Matthews and imagined that he had said some outrageous things, which could be taken out of context and twisted.
One of the “Expert-Panel-of-Two-Blondes” started off by saying “I don’t even find him funny”. Realizing that I would be forced to listen to a humorless, petulant, brain-impaired bloviater with an opinion, I quickly switched channels to something serious.
Jon Stewart might, at times, be childish in the pursuit of entertainment, but his show is biting satire about serious topics. And, he is one of the best celebrity interviewers on television. The need of Fox News to attack him is a sign of success and a badge that he should wear proudly.
Anyone with a sense of humor, an appreciation of irony, and a minimum level of general knowledge (needed to get the irony!), will love Jon Stewart's Earth. (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race ) It's a book version of the best trockenbeerenauslese, chocolate truffles, or high-butterfat-contentbutter pecan ice cream: rich and satisfying. All are meant to be sipped or nibbled (except the ice cream, on which you can pig out) a bit at a time every few days and savored in a world of banal flavors.
If you're looking for something more intellectually stimulating and challenging, then you should try Richard Dawkins' fascinating book. The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.