Joe Queenan

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Joseph "Joe" Queenan (born November 3, 1950) is an American journalist, critic, and essayist.

A self-professed "clown" and negative-styled humorist, Queenan is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has written for such publications as Spy Magazine, TV Guide, Movieline, The Guardian,[1] The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard,[2] and The New York Times Book Review. He is also a self-admitted "pathetic" columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a self-described "full-time son of a bitch."[3]


Queenan attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He now lives in Tarrytown, New York. He is married and has two children.[citation needed]


  • Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation, a critique of the Baby Boomers generation
  • Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon: Joe Queenan's America, a tour of low-brow American pop culture
  • Imperial Caddy: The Rise of Dan Quayle in America and the Decline and Fall of Practically Everything Else, a scathing view of Dan Quayle
  • Closing Time, a memoir of Queenan's own abusive, alcoholic father and his bleak working-class upbringing in East Falls. Closing Time was included in The New York Times' list 100 Notable Books of 2009.[4]
  • If You're Talking to me Your Career Must be in Trouble: Movies, Mayhem, and Malice
  • The Unkindest Cut: How a Hatchet-Man Critic Made His Own $7,000 Movie and Put It All on His Credit Card
  • My Goodness: A Cynic's Short-Lived Search for Sainthood
  • Malcontents: The Best Bitter, Cynical, and Satirical Writing in the World
  • Queenan Country: A Reluctant Anglophile's Pilgrimage to the Mother Country
  • True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans
  • Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler: Celluloid Tirades and Escapades


  1. ^ Joe Queenan profile, The Guardian website; accessed September 5, 2014.
  2. ^ The Weekly Standard website; accessed September 5, 2014.
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  4. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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