Please scream inside your heart Breaking news and nervous breakdowns in the year that wouldn't end
Book - 2021
Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, a well-known news addict puts the key stories of 2020 into context during a time when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy, and toilet paper.
New York :
- First edition
- Physical Description
- viii, 360 pages ; 24 cm
- Main Author
Many who lived through the year 2020 hoped it was all a nightmare. However, as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2021, and the wicked taste of a bad year failed to evaporate with the glass of champagne, the reality sunk in. Pell, publisher of the news-focused NextDraft newsletter, chronicles the endless year from start to finish. He hails from a family where his main sources of conversation were television and the news; he is, by his own admission, a news junkie. 2020 provided news at a breakneck pace, from the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic that soon enveloped the world. The malaise and madness of the lockdowns soon shifted to the protests following the excessive-force death of George Floyd. Pell blends in the news with anecdotes from his family which often prove bittersweet. Those looking for an unbiased assessment of a tough year should look elsewhere; however, readers who share Pell's left-leaning politics will enjoy the ride. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
"If news is a drug, I'm the world's foremost user," claims NextDraft newsletter publisher Pell in this witty if hectic rehash of 2020. Drawing on news stories from around the world, Pell reminds readers that the first "viral video" of the year featured Pope Francis slapping a devotee on the wrist; recounts the postponement of the NBA season on March 11 ("Out of nowhere, we were confronted by a new rule of thumb. Every gathering is a clusterfuck"); and spotlights President Trump's falsehoods about Covid-19, Black Lives Matter protestors, voter fraud, climate change, and Joe Biden's role in covering up the "fake death" of Osama bin Laden. Pell also reflects on the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and paints a touching portrait of his father, who fought with the Polish resistance against the Nazis (he was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust) and built a real estate empire in Northern California before dying in December 2020 at age 96. Though the book's frenzied pace can be exhausting, Pell's family stories are lucid and heartwarming. Fans of Nextdraft and news junkies with an appreciation for the absurd will savor Pell's ability to find humor and hope in a year of chaos. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.
Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, a well-known news addict puts the key stories of 2020 into context during a time when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy, and toilet paper.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, a well-known news addict puts the key stories of 2020 into context during a time when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy and toilet paper. 50,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From the publisher of the NextDraft newsletter comes a cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between "real" news and real life.Please lower your shoulder restraint and keep your hands and feet in. You’re about to board a roller coaster ride through a year that was at once laughable and lethal.If you’ve got an anti-anxiety prescription, now would probably be a good time to call in a refill.Please Scream Inside Your Heart is a time capsule; a real-time ride through the maddening hell that was the 2020 news cycle—when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy, and toilet paper. Who better to examine this unhinged period in all of its twists and turns than news addict Dave Pell, aka the internet’s Managing Editor? Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, for whom parts of this story were all too familiar, Pell puts the key stories of 2020 into context with pith and punch; highlighting turning points that widened America’s divisions, deepened our obsession with a media-driven civil war, and nearly knocked the country off its tracks. Pell also examines the role of technology in society—and how we somehow built the exact opposite of what we thought we were building. Why did the lies spread faster than the truth? How did our tech addiction contribute to the nightmare? Why do you feel a vibration in your pocket right now? In 2020, the news was everywhere, and everything was political—even the air we breathed. So brace yourself as you’re hurtled through the twists and turns of the corkscrewiest year in American history; one that included two impeachment trials, a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the biggest election of a lifetime, a slide towards autocracy, and a warning from the makers of Lysol not to drink their products.