In 2011, at age 23, Ramy Essam, Egypt’s “singer for the revolution” was lionized for helping to overthrow a dictator. Four years later, a brutal military crackdown has all but destroyed the country’s youthful protest movement while its hero bides his time in a faraway country, trying to keep the fight — and himself — alive.
Tomorrow, the greatest book in the history of the printed word will finally be available for purchase by the general public. If you are only going to buy one book this year about an alcoholic, self-abusive, vegan, pyromaniac ex-circus clown with a talent for vomiting on command and stapling his scrotum to his leg, make sure this is the one:
PRI’s “The World” recently interviewed me about the immediate impact of Osama Bin Laden’s death on the American psyche. Why me? Not sure. Since the only other person interviewed for the piece is Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and author of what is perhaps THE book on Bin Laden and 9/11, The Looming Tower, I can only assume they needed the co-author of Steve-O’s memoir to lend some gravitas to the story. Anyway, I tried my best not to sound like an idiot.