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Shooting at the Hip

by Florence King

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, by Greg Gutfeld (Crown Forum, 272 pp., $26)

Let’s get my only complaint out of the way first. Not since Gone with the Wind was initially called “Tomorrow Is Another Day” has such a great book been saddled with such an inadequate title. Titles are supposed to hit the reader where he lives, but this one is an eviction notice. It starts with a negative, and then revives “elite,” long benumbed from its association with everything from social class to matched luggage. Were it my book I would call it “Drinking the Cool-Aid: How America’s Useful Idiots Are Poisoning Our National Life.”

That said, let the hosannas begin. Greg Gutfeld is the reason I fiddle with my meds. He co-hosts The Five on Fox News at 5 p.m., when I’m supposed to take my anti-stress pill, so I skip the pill to avoid restorative detachment. I will leave no pill unturned to make sure I’m wide awake for his raucous 3 a.m. talk show, Red Eye, when I also skip my diuretic pill to keep from being distracted by my bladder. Gutfeld may well be the death of me yet, but in the meantime his latest book has given me a new lease on life.

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