An Unlikely Author Collaboration, Born on Twitter: Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black’s America, You Sexy Bitch

July 17th, 2012

An Unlikely Author Collaboration, Born on Twitter: Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black’s America, You Sexy Bitch


By Alexandra Dean Hitzler 7/17

By the time Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black arrived at the Reading Room in Bryant Park last Wednesday, the rows green folding chairs set up for lunchtime Q&A session for the pair’s book, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, released last month, were almost completely filled. Political enthusiasts of all walks of life, many toting mixed green salads and bottles of sparkling water, had gathered to discuss the book.

Ms. McCain and Mr. Black took questions from the audience about their co-authored book, which analogues the cross-country road trip they took together in an RV, searching for ways to mend the gap between Democrats and Republicans.

Ms. McCain told the audience that the two met while working on a TV pilot that Mr. Black was shooting and quickly became friends. Mr. Black later asked Ms. McCain, via Twitter, to work on a book with him and she agreed.

“He asked Chelsea Clinton and Bristol Palin, but they both said no,” Ms. McCain said facetiously.The book’s underlying premise of the authors’ opposing political views resonated at the Q&A session: Ms. McCain was seated to the right of the session’s moderator, author A. J. Jacobs, and Mr. Black to the left.

Ms. McCain is, of course, the patriotic daughter of the Republican senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain, and Mr. Black is a comedian and liberal atheist from the Northeast. What they have in common, though, is the strength of their political opinions, and their criticism of the rigidity of their political parties.

In between answering pointed questions from the audience about major social issues ranging from gay marriage to healthcare reform, Ms. McCain and Mr. Black also shared anecdotes from their trip together, including their experiences smoking weed in New Orleans and shooting guns at Ms. McCain’s home in Arizona.

“I gotta tell ya, if you don’t have a gun, go out and get one. They’re fantastic,” joked Mr. Black, a supporter of gun control.

Ms. McCain and Mr. Black told The Observer that while the book is very upfront and detailed about their journey together, they would not take back or omit anything that is included in the book.

“There were discussions to leave parts of the book out, things that didn’t make us look like the most mature adults the entire time, but they ultimately stayed,” Ms. McCain told us. “I don’t think it would be an entertaining book if we made ourselves out to be perfect people having a conflict-free experience.”

When asked how two people from different backgrounds and political views were able to form such a dynamic relationship, Ms. McCain and Mr. Black told The Observer that they formed a brother-sister type of relationship that worked well for them.

Ms. McCain added that that she and her co-author have “a similar sense of humor that just works.”

“We just give each other a lot of shit,” Mr. Black said.


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