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Can anyone recommend some good social satire writers?

Asked by Male (1353points) November 18th, 2011

Note that “good” is purely subjective. If you don’t know if it’s “good” enough, it doesn’t matter. Just spit it out.

I’m looking for some writers that have open works online about society- preferably with a “rant” or comedic approach.

I’m not sure I have the correct term, but what I’m looking for are those writers who write literature that complains or makes fun of everyday life. I’m not sure how to explain it. Stuff titled like “why I hate vegetarians” and then there will be a short work with a comedic approach. Something like that.

I tried looking myself, but they’re hard to come by. Most of their work isn’t published online, so it makes it all the more difficult to find.

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Male's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Yes, exactly like Maddox. I’ve read most of his stuff and I’m looking for more.

zensky's avatar

Dave Barry?

Aethelflaed's avatar

Sadly, No
The Awl

Try googling for things like snarky bloggers.

Male's avatar

I’m gonna check out every suggestion listed. Keep ‘em coming baby.

basstrom188's avatar

No doubt you are thinking about modern social satire but working on the premise that human nature is pretty constant how about Jane Austen?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle (one of my favorite books)

And I second Zen’s vote for Dave Barry. His books and articles are hysterical.

CWOTUS's avatar

Carl Hiaasen

filmfann's avatar

I was going to say Robert Benchley, but you may want something more Louis Black.

gailcalled's avatar

David Foster Wallace: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.

“In the title essay, originally published in Harper’s as “Shipping Out”, Wallace describes the excesses of his one-week trip in the Caribbean aboard the cruise ship MV Zenith, which he rechristens the Nadir. He is ironically displeased with the professional hospitality industry and the “fun” he should be having and explains how the indulgences of the cruise turn him into a spoiled brat, leading to overwhelming internal despair. Source

David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day

ETpro's avatar

I don’t know if you can find it online, but Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It fun reading and reasonably current.

On line, there are the prior shows of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. Rachel’s numor is more subtle, but great fun at times. I recommend “Getting to the Root of Newt’s Loot”, “A Landmark in Guerilla Projection”, and “Don’t test “monkey crotch” in Pakistan”. Maddow has a fine sense for the theater of the absurd.

Berserker's avatar

Maybe you could check out George Carlin’s book, Brain Droppings. It’s rants, observations, stuff like that. He’s a comedian who really thinks society is retarded. He says that even if we could make it better, he wants no part of it lol.

basstrom188's avatar

It’s strange how all these people rant about society but never do anything to change things. For example they rant against Capitalism but take the money offered to them by the corrupt profit driven publishers they so despise.

ETpro's avatar

@basstrom188 Political satire and humor is often the most powerful thinkg a single person can do to change things. It’s easy to criticize them for their lack of action, but what have you done that actually changes all of society in a way you wanted it to go?

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