“Beyond essential to my actual writing was Paul Slansky.  In addition to his aid and support as researcher, editor and chief advisor, he was as hard-working and dedicated as he was a delight to work with.  If a book can be said to have had a producer, Paul was it on this one.”

Norman Lear, Even This I Get To Experience

“There are no words to express adequately my gratitude to my friend and editor Paul Slansky, but if there were words, they’d have to be multisyllabic and shrieked from high atop a roller coaster in appreciation and glee.”

Carrie Fisher, Postcards From the Edge

“Paul Slansky is a great editor who was able to access a part of myself I did not know how to find on my own and then helped me to bring it to life, finding my voice on the printed page. And through it all we enjoyed the bonus of laughter and friendship. I am forever grateful.”

 Carole Bayer Sager, They’re Playing Our Song


“Coming upon one of Mr. Slansky’s ‘Quizzes’ in The New Yorker and other venues is one of the rare pure comic-satiric pleasures to be found in contemporary periodicals … [he] has made an art out of scouring public, mostly political, utterances for emblematic instances of verbal misdeeds, misspeaks and mystifications, the more bizarre the better, all of which deserve more than their 15 seconds of ridicule … But Mr. Slansky does more than document; he possesses, like the great satirists, a Swiftian disgust at human folly … Another thing about Mr. Slansky: He doesn’t feel he has to spell everything out, connect the dots for you, jab you in the elbow and say, ‘See the relatedness of it all.’  He respects your intelligence.”

Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

“[These quizzes] are easily the most pointed commentary on the Bush presidency. They also happen to be a riot — a matter of laughter through the tears of woe.”

David Remnick, editor, The New Yorker

“Almost all political books are awful. The Clothes Have No Emperor is an exception… It’s the only honest history of the Ronald Reagan 1980s… Like SPY Magazine and The Bonfire of the Vanities, this is one of those essential documents of the 1980s — a time of idiocy and fraud, and a time we can now see as the Birth of a Nation’s Stupidity.”

Ken Layne, Wonkette











About Paul

Paul Slansky has been making fun of politicians since, at the age of ten, he was first appalled by Richard M. Nixon.  He is the author of six books: The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American ’80s (1989), Dan Quayle: Airhead Apparent (1992, with Steve Radlauer), The George W. Bush Quiz Book (2004), My Bad: The Apology Anthology (2006), Idiots, Hypocrites, Demagogues and More Idiots: Five Decades of Political Infamy (2008), and The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals (2009).  In 2011, he reissued The Clothes Have No Emperor as an e-book.

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