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Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power

Afterword by Dan Berger
143 pages
$8.10 (CAD)
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Poppin' Fresh declares martial law; Che Guevara loses his good looks and throws the entire U.S. Left into disarray; Zombie terrorist anchor babies invade the Pentagon. You'll read all this and more in Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, a startling collection of personal essays and political satire that offers a perverse moral clarity to an increasingly amoral world. Ace reporter Susie Day brings us fast-breaking faux news; pens heartrendingly squalid lesbian grand opera; and dispenses an array of helpful hints, from how to avoid indefinite detention at Guantánamo, to what to do if you happen to fall in love with a political prisoner. Taking on a combustible mash-up of horrors brought to us by our ever-watchful-corporate-feel-good-war-mongering benefactors, Snidelines is an existentialist survival manual that actually makes it fun to fear the unknown.

What People Are Saying

""It's precisely because Susie Day is writing from the barricades that these caustic fables and topsy-turvy news items are so hilariously, debilitatingly funny. There's no ironic distance here, but a lucid clarity that exposes the ludicrous roots of business as usual."—Alison Bechdel

“Susie Day’s insistent voice provides us not only with clarity about some of the most vexing issues we face, but with signature humor that keeps us from  breaking beneath the weight of the inhumanity and inequities she documents. This collection of essays should be required reading for all.” — asha bandele, author, The Prisoner’s Wife

“What if Thomas Paine had been funnier? Or Fran Lebowitz was leftier? Read Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power and let the trash-talking revolution start!” — Laura Flanders, author and broadcast journalist, host of GritTV

“Susie Day is precisely not part of a trend. Whether interviewing a Jesus weary of his own brand, promoting Santa Claus to NSA chief, or bringing us into the experiences of those she cherishes, her hilarious deadpan wire reports and heart on-the-sleeve homages form a category unto themselves. These are humane bulletins from a dehumanizing time, where the news is that laughter, tears, and commitment still matter.”
— Mark Sullivan, author of Slag: Poems

"She's fierce. She's smart. And she's a hoot... Susie Day is a masterful — and entertaining — satirist. Her wordplay and vision are fortifying. We've long heard that laughter is the best medicine — but we've now been reminded that it is also an essential ingredient for community organizing, resistance,  and a principled defiance against wrongs and indignities."  —Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout book review