RECOMMENDED

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SATIRE

Paul Wells November 27 2006
RECOMMENDED

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SATIRE

Paul Wells November 27 2006

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SATIRE

RECOMMENDED

BOOKS

Turns out we needed a serious book about a funny magazine. Spy: The Funny Years is

a glossy, glorious examination of just why Spy was instantly wildly influential when the now-defunct satirical monthly launched in 1987. Beyond the period humour (life-size rub-on Mikhail Gorbachev birthmark decal), it’s an ode to Spy's founders, flippy-coiffed Canuck-in-denial Graydon Carter and terrifying monsterbrained essayist/self-promoter Kurt Andersen. Also a social history of a particular moment, the last few years before computerized design and the Internet changed everything in journalism. Paul Wells

Paul Wells