*5+ infinity Stars*
Originally posted 9/5/2012
First let me say, I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book. My husband introduced me to James Lileks' website in college and we spent hours laughing hysterically over his various posts. See The Gobbler and other crazy things on the site if you need a laugh. His sarcastic, side splitting commentary lampoons the bizarre styles and stories of past decades with wonderful illustrations from primary sources that nearly speak for themselves.
So I was well acquainted with his style and knew what was coming. Or I thought I did. The images were...hideous. He's not kidding. He has an introduction where he warns the reader off in many bizarre and funny ways, which merely makes you want to read it more. It does not disappoint.
Need I say more?
There is no plot, just lots of pictures as bad or worse than this one coupled with some of the funniest commentary you will ever read. I laughed so hard I cried, chocked, and nearly couldn't breath. And that's knowing what was coming. This is going on my coffee table...now.
The one thing I think you should be warned about is that while he is in no way dirty, he is at times adult in the words he uses. If reading this to small children, just be aware of the words that might crop up.
I would personally go check out his website first, but I would definitely get this book. This is one of the funniest things I've read in ages.
I always forget just how awful some of these pictures really are. Had lots of fun though reading Lileks' comments once again, he always manages to get a laugh out of me even on bad days.