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“Delectable... razor-sharp.”   —Jed Perl

  “Witty and wonderful.”   —Edward Sorel

  “A must-read (and laugh-till-you-weep) for our times.”   —Sharon Dolin

“[Eisenberg’s] stanzas—torrential, merciless, coruscating, and often irreproachably

scabrous—bristle with Hudibrastic brilliance..”

—Matthew Gurewitsch, beyondcriticism.com

 

Few politicians in history have deserved lampooning as richly as Donald Trump.  And

few have had their just deserts served up as deliciously as in the Trumpiad, “a true epic

about a mock President” (Stuart Klawans).


Before TV came along, the role of late-night comedy—to tweak with truth the nose of

power—was played by satire in verse, often abetted by the artist’s pen.  In their caustic,

uproarious Trumpiad, Evan Eisenberg and Steve Brodner reinvent this grand tradition for

our demented times.  Inspired by Swift, Byron, and Dorothy Parker as much as by John

Oliver and Stephen Colbert, Eisenberg traces our hero from the murk of his ancestry to

his latest high crimes and misadventures.  Brodner matches the poet punch for punch, in

the spirit of such great political artists as Hogarth, Goya, and Daumier.

Soon to be a small (Trump-clutchable) but beautiful book, the Trumpiad will, in its

chronicle of the Maladministration, extend far beyond anything posted online, reaching

up to the very doorstep of the midterm elections. Nevertheless, Book Two has now been

disabled on this site to discourage the human (and particularly Trumpian) impulse to get

something for nothing. Book Two is still up, though, and you can still sample some

material from Book Two on the Jump to Latest (blog) page.

Evan Eisenberg's book The Ecology of Eden (Knopf, Vintage)—an inquiry into

humankind's role in nature, real and imagined—has been hailed as “a masterwork” 

(Toronto Globe and Mail), “a prose epic [of] dazzling wit and impressive learning"

(Washington Post), and "a tour de force of magnificent visionary sweep" (Sunday

Times, London).  His first book, The Recording Angel, a pathbreaking study of the

cultural impact of recorded music, has been translated into French, German, and

Italian.  Reissued in an expanded edition by Yale University Press, it has been

selected as one of the "50 greatest music books ever" by the Observer (U.K.) and as one of

the “100 greatest music books of all time” by Billboard, and is featured in Time Out 1000

Books to Change Your Life.  Eisenberg's writing on nature, culture and technology has

appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic The Nation, the New York Times, Natural History,

Discover, New York, the Wall Street Journal, and other periodicals.  His humor pieces have

been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Time, Esquire, Slate, Salon, The Independent

(U.K.), L.A. Weekly, the New York Observer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the op-ed

section of the New York Times.  A screenplay for a feature comedy, sold a few years ago to

Warner Brothers, is now in Turnaround, the circle just below Limbo in Dante's hell.  You

can reach Evan by means of his website, evaneisenberg.com .   

 

One of the most respected political illustrators and caricaturists alive, Steve Brodner

is accepted in the fields of journalism and the graphic arts as a master of the editorial

idiom.  Spanning almost four decades, his work has appeared in numerous major

publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New York Times,

Harper's, The Atlantic, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, Playboy, Slate, and

Mother Jones.  As an art journalist he has covered eight national political 

conventions for Esquire and such major national events as the Million Man March

for The New Yorker.  Among his many awards are the Hamilton King Award and

the Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.  His books include Freedom Fries

and (with Stanley Bing) Bingsop's Fables.  Brodners' work, first widely seen 

exposing and attacking Reagan-era scandals, is credited with spearheading the 

1980s revival of pointed and entertaining graphic commentary in the U.S.  Lewis 

Lapham, longtime editor of Harper's, once called Brodner "a born arsonist," 

comparing his "incendiary spirit" to the likes of Mark Twain, Mencken, Goya, and

Thomas Nast.  The legendary political artist Edward Sorel has called him "the best

caricaturist around."