Stephen Colbert is now a children's author. His new book I Am a Pole (And So Can You)
has landed at #1 on the New York Times
Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous list. He then explained why his book (which involves a talking pole on a journey to find its purpose in life) could possibly end up on a nonfiction bestseller list. He says it's all Publisher's Weekly's
fault. PW listed the book as #2 on its Adult Nonfiction bestseller list. So it's all PW's fault that his book is in the wrong category. Now he's secretly hoping for a major literary scandal that will end with him tearfully confessing something to Oprah Winfrey.
to Stephen's comments with this explanation:
"Indeed, PW considers I Am a Pole
(described by Colbert as the story of 'a talking pole who finds purpose in life and in strip clubs') to be nonfiction for adults - decidedly not a children's book, and more in the vein of social satire, not unlike Go the F***k to Sleep
, which was also on PW's adult nonfiction list. In any event, in our editors' estimation, I Am a Pole
has just the requisite amount of truthiness to confirm its place on our nonfiction list, right there with the work of Colbert's Papa Bear, Bill O'Reilly."
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