Tee Time in Berzerkistan: A Doonesbury Book
No rogue regime ever needed its evildoing reframed more urgently than Greater Berzerkistan, whose president-for-life Trff Bmzklfrpz (pronounced "Ptklm") hires Duke to put a positive spin on a recent round of ethnic cleansing, in this 2009 Doonesbury collection (following Welcome to the Nerd Farm). Meanwhile, the crumbling newspaper industry forces Rick Redfern into the blogosphere, where his prose now battles it out with rivals like Roland Hedley, who takes the art of Twittering to a new self-reverential low. With Obama elected, white Washington insiders scramble to acquire some African American friends, and Jimmy Thudpucker once again reboots his career—this time as a cell phone ring-tone artist. Since it appeared in 1970 as the first newspaper comic strip from Universal Press Syndicate, Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury has entertained readers with its politically aware commentary, while providing a window to the current state of the American mind. In 1975, then-president Gerald Ford quipped, "There are only three major vehicles to keep us informed as to what is going on in Washington: the electronic media, the print media, and Doonesbury, not necessarily in that order."