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Things snowball
Hall, Rich, 1954-
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Publication Information:
London : Abacus, 2003.

Physical Description:
237 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 2002.
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PN6231.W64 H35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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I stopped off at the Peace Gardens - a memorial straddling the US-Canadian border commemorating 'Lasting Peace Between America and Canada', as if there had ever been a problem. Show me a garden commemorating Peace Between America and, say, Iraq and I'll be impressed.
America is like a beauty contestant. It's gorgeous, until it opens its mouth.'

From the similarities between US gun laws and British drinking hours, to what cryptic crosswords really tell us about the British psyche, American in London Rich Hall casts a keen eye on the lunatic contradictions and weird marvels of his native and adoptive homelands.

'Full of acute left-field reflections on America and Americans, plus some marvellously irreverent sketches ...wise, witty and strangely true' GUARDIAN

Author Notes

Rich Hall is the Perrier Award Winner 2000, TIME OUT Comedy Award Winner 2000 and Adelaide Festival Fringe Award Winner 2000. He is best known for his comic alter ego Otis Lee Crenshaw. He divides his time between London and Montana.

Table of Contents

Cricketsp. 1
Portrait of a Head Distressedp. 7
The Phineas Gage Letters (1848-1849)p. 11
Hot August Mealp. 15
Waltzing the Ladderp. 21
Mermanp. 25
Aberdeen Likep. 31
My Life as a Bluesmanp. 37
Where I Hang my Headp. 43
Ploughing Suburbiap. 47
Great Jokes Squanderedp. 61
Evolution in Reversep. 67
Go Home and Practisep. 71
Bejesusp. 75
We're not the Kennedysp. 79
The Meat Hat Marches Onp. 89
Stabby Bitsp. 93
Glass Jawp. 99
Both Guns Drawnp. 105
Saving Bryan Adamsp. 111
Water Chestnutsp. 117
Joo-Joo Eyeballp. 121
Vinegar and Versep. 125
The Mile High Clubp. 131
New American West (selected writings)p. 145
Berdoot and Bronte: Dubious Exposesp. 157
Pie Chart Manp. 165
Voicesp. 169
Savage Journeysp. 173
Cutting Horsesp. 177
9-11p. 181
Gumball Minutesp. 185
The Thithtertonp. 189
Menp. 193
New American West IIp. 197
Parallel Phenomenap. 201
Bad Reviews Follow Me Wherever I Gop. 205
Birth of the Spatulap. 217
Get out of Bedp. 221
Squirrel Apologiesp. 227
Dear John Response (annotated)p. 233