BOOKS: Eco Illogical

Pamphleteer P.J. O'Rourke mocks environmental woes

Very early on in All the Trouble in the World (Grove/Atlantic; 340 pages; $22), P.J. O'Rourke's look at "the lighter side" of overpopulation, famine, ecological disaster and other global environmental woes, the reader begins to wonder whether somewhere between writing Republican Party Reptile and this latest effort the author suffered a stroke. Left intact are O'Rourke's accustomed descriptive flair and facility for throwaway lines -- " 'dying like flies' is not a simile you'd use in Somalia. The flies wax prosperous and lead full lives." Gone, however, is any faculty for building an argument.

In this disjointed collection of essays and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!