BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Onion Book of Known Knowledge’: Suddenly, Information is Entertaining

  • Reviewed by David M. Kinchen 
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Onion Book of Known Knowledge': Suddenly, Information is Entertaining

Published last year in hardback, and written and edited by the editors and writers of “The Onion,” under the direction of editor in chief Joe Randazzo,  “The Onion Book of Known Knowledge” (Little, Brown and Company, 256 pages, $20.00) is now available in a large format, lavishly illustrated paperback.

I direct your attention to Page 15 and the entry (in part) on “Baby Boomer”: “Due the demographic’s sheer size, baby boomers have had a profound influence on the overall political and economic direction of the United States, which is why all 76 million of them who set out to redefine traditional  values and then became exactly what they most despised can shrivel up and fuck off, ASAP.”  The entry only gets better!

Considering that most of the Onion founders are baby boomers — or from my pre-Boomer generation — the entire book demonstrates fairness and balancedness, to coin a phrase.

If your sense of humor is vestigial at best, stay away from this book! Don’t even pick it up! If you pick it up, that vestigial sense of humor might expand (and then again, it might shrivel even more).

And don’t believe everything you read on the cover: There are more than 2 copies left! Many more. Each entry has just enough truth in it to make the made-up parts seem reasonable. This is “truthiness,” in the words of the immortal Stephen Colbert. Sounds like journalism to me!


About the Author

In a history spanning 24 years, eight popular books, and numerous awards, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Its home offices are in Chicago. It was founded by a Prussian tuber farmer in 1756. How his descendants ended up in Chicago remains a mystery.


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