P.J. O’Rourke


We remember the late P.J. O’Rourke as a celebrated satirist and journalist. O’Rourke was one of the first supporters of House of SpeakEasy for “Runnin’ Wild,” our first annual gala in 2015. He gave a hilarious monologue on the baby boomer generation. “If we hadn’t decided to be young forever…we’d be old,” O’Rourke said.  You can watch it below. 

In his memory, we have collected a list of our favorite books by the prolific author. View it here.

P.J. performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at City Winery on January 28, 2015, speaking on the evening’s theme, “Runnin Wild.”

P. J. O’Rourke wrote over twenty books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He was an H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. His book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land, was published in September 2020. He passed away on February 15, 2022.

In his own words: “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”

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