THE END OF SATIRE….Michelle Cottle writes today about World Ahead Publishing, a publisher of conservative books that recently launched a children’s division called Kids Ahead:
Thus far, the new imprint has only one writer in its stable: Katharine DeBrecht, the pen name of a mother of three whose authorial debut, Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!, generated major buzz ? and sold some 30,000 copies ? after receiving an on-air plug from Rush Limbaugh. In the wake of DeBrecht’s success, Kids Ahead is moving forward with an entire Help! Mom! series. Help! Mom! Hollywood’s in My Hamper! hit stores in March, Help! Mom! The Ninth Circuit Nabbed the Nativity! will be out in time for Christmas, with Help! Mom! There Are Lawyers in My Lunchbox! to follow.
Is Cottle serious or is she making a joke? It’s hard to tell these days when you read descriptions of conservo-land. And it’s hell on satire in liberal-land. I mean, how can you create mock book titles for your next homage to Jonathan Swift if the real ones have titles like that?
Anyway, just for the record, it turns out she’s serious: those new titles are genuine.