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Albert Brooks Writes His Own 1984

Albert Brooks's anxiety about all things is being channeled into a book about our bleak, bleak future. 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America is a dystopian novel written by the all-purpose funnyman that will be released in May 2011. It focuses on “a population that has finally been freed from the scourge of cancer [and] is dramatically aging, sparking resentment against the ‘olds’ and leading to a nation so hamstrung by entitlements and debt that its only way out are solutions heretofore unthinkable." Brooks warns that the book — apparently despite the straight-faced use of "olds" — will not be all that uproarious. “I can’t not put humor in a book," he says, "but the future ain’t that funny.” We're pretty sure Brooks can't be trusted not to be funny, but we would read this book even if it were lacking all jokes. [ArtsBeat/NYT]