Reviews in 200 Words

Earth by Jon Stewart

In Commentary on October 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

This is mostly silly, of course. But, like everything Jon Stewart and his team (including Sigourney Weaver) do, the sarcasm and wit often unearth the deepest truths. Whether you love Jon Steward (how can you not?) Or hate Jon Stewart (who are you?) You can’t deny that his method is brilliant. Here, he’s combined an actual book–which reads more like a roadmap and a dictionary and a choose-your-own-adventure–with an audio version and a website. His audience is huge, and well fed. Under the premise of a guide for aliens who come to Earth, this (obviously) is a reflection on the current state of our planet, and the ridiculousness of people, in general. We like to think that we’re all pretty different: different values and cultures and food, but when you start getting as far away as, say, Pluto, we all start looking pretty similar—pretty selfish—pretty unintelligent. In classic Stewart fashion, just when you’re having a good laugh at “everyone else,” he forces it back on you: he forces you to consider your role in this place that we all, inevitably, call home. 


-Micah Ling


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