Reality Trumps Satire

Way Beyond Satire by Rowan Dean Wilkinson Publishing, 2016, 160 pages, $34.99 ________________________________   Reports of the death of satire have been grossly exaggerated. Indeed in an age when fact is much stranger and more preposterous than fiction, satire is still alive and has never seemed more pertinent. Despite this, some of my writer friends still contend that satire is deceased. I do understand why some are saying this, because satire now seems to have been eclipsed by reality. Hence the timely title of Rowan Dean’s book Way Beyond Satire—a collection of satirical essays, which seems to be one of…

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