Wednesday, March 22, 2006

In The Words Of Colbert

Stephen Colbert

First came Fake News and "Truthiness," now the publisher of Jon Stewart's best-selling America: The Book is releasing a book recently penned by -- none other than Mr. Stephen Colbert.

"This book will have the same noble goal as my television show: to change the world one factual error at a time," Colbert said in a statement on Tuesday through Warner Books.

Colbert's book, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2007.

Colbert, a longtime fixture on Stewart's Daily Show , now hosts The Colbert Report, also aired on Comedy Central. He also has a background with the written word. He contributed to America (The Book), co-authored Wigfield with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and is credited with coining the word "truthiness," named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society (yes, there is such a society, and just to prove it here's the link).

And just for the record, "truthiness" by definition, is the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts. A phenomenon that I'm sure many of us are familiar with, even if you've only been paying as much as half attention for the past six years, three of them being war years -- filled with enough little "truthies" to...oh, well, you get the picture.

In any event, as a regular viewer of both Stewart and Colbert, this book has definitely now been added to my "to buy" list once its released. And, if you've never caught either one of these Comedy Central shows -- you really should. Funny stuff, as well as some great interviews with quite a few notables who come on for a brief sit-down segment as guests.

Make it a good spring Wednesday, all. The weekend's almost here. Peace.

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