Tom Tomorrow: The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look

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Tomorrow, Tom. The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look (New York: Nation Books, 2008)

The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look, Dan Perkins' eighth collection of his This Modern World strip under the pen name "Tom Tomorrow," is just what his readers have come to expect: biting and brutal commentary on contemporary political media. The highlights of this book are the 2005 (pp. 26-7), 2006 (pp. 74-5), and 2007 (pp. 130-1) "Year in Review" strips; in addition to the ones featuring the character "Conservative Jones, Boy Detective." He utilizes the reductio ad absurdum technique to great effect and lampoons the "circular logic" of conservatives quite well, but his arsenal is much broader.

For example, this strip about Alan Greenspan's odious works is about as deadpan as he gets:

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Given his eagerness to attack Democrats for the same failings, I doubt that This Modern World is in danger of run out of material. In times like these, we need Tom Tomorrow as much as ever.

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