American satirist P.J. O'Rourke is famous for turning a wry eye on politics at home and conflicts abroad. RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel asked him about his trade and when satire can be a force for change.
RFE/RL: You are widely regarded as a leading satirist and you began writing about American social life, which for an American audience is a rich vein for humor. But then you broadened your field to turn a wry eye on politics in the United States and conflicts abroad. What motivated the shift of focus?
P. J. O'Rourke: I just think it was a desire for new and better material, that is what it came down to.
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Interview: 'Ridicule Is A Powerful Weapon,' Says P.J. O'Rourke