City Paper political columnist Brian Morton's first book, Political Animal: I'd Rather Have a Better Country, was published in October. It's a collection of columns he's written during his eight-year stint at the paper, in addition to a few unpublished pieces. In a Q&A with City Paper, Morton talks about politics, magic (he's a practicing magician), and the current state of political writing. "At the national level it has turned into theater criticism. It drives me crazy," he says. "Don't sit there talking about, 'This person seems like this or looks like that.' No, talk about their policies. It's funny every now and then to take a little cheap shot in a joke, but don't use that as the basis of a column."

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