In the grand tradition of telling eco-themed tomes such as Al Gore’s Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, Josh Dorfman’s The Lazy Environmentalist and Moby’s factory farming manifesto Gristle comes a new entry on the literary circuit that will likely get mouths a flappin’. Jon Stewart, known as much for his longstanding television presence on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as for his satiric nature and vast knowledge of politics, added the title of author to his long list of credits in 1998 with the publication of the first of what would be three books.
His latest 256 page entry, titled The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, is co-authored by the perennially popular comedian along with his fellow Daily Show writers. Focusing on the imminent end of our civilization as we know it, Earth offers a comprehensive, posthumous summary of what the human race looked like along with details on what we achieved in science, government, religion, culture and society, all sandwiched between a hefty amount of charts, graphs and photos.
The Emmy and Grammy Award winner has often touched on environmental themes while piloting his show, as was the case when he chatted with an EPA rep about what went down behind the scenes of the now DOA climate bill or when he gave Gasland documentary filmmaker Josh Fox precious screen time to highlight the downside of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. While Stewart‘s latest literary effort is penned in his typical sardonic style, let’s get real for a moment — there’s certainly more than an element of truth to what he’s suggesting if we continue to ignore our planet’s warning signs and party like it’s 1999. There’s nothing funny about that.