In an era whereby journalism (and facts in general) have become increasingly important, Scoop reminds us that though the methods, means and technology of news collection and distribution have changed drastically, the story essentially remains the same. This biting satire exposes the timeless woes of sensationalist journalism via a collection of rag tag foreign correspondents living it up in (the fictional East African state of) Ishmaelia. Amid games of ping pong, plenty of drinking and pursuing the occasional newsworthy happening, the journalists essentially await a war that may or may not ever occur. Hilarity ensues.
Lovers of Monty Python, this book is for you. Oh yeah, and Evelyn Waugh is a man.
Show Notes & Links
- Evelyn Waugh
- Fleet Street
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Second Italo-Abyssinian War
- Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene – Episode
- “British comedy is based on the question Wouldn’t it be funny IF? whereas American comedy is based on the question Isn’t it funny THAT?” Salman Rushdie. You can watch the interview from which this quote originates here.
- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
- My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
- John Oliver’s Bit on newspapers
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Apocalypse Now (1979 film) – Francis Ford Coppola
- March by Geraldine Brooks