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The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive by David Remnick - Book Review

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By David Remnick (Foreword by), Bob Mankoff (Editor)
$100.00
ISBN: 9780316436670
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 2nd, 2018

The similar collection from fourteen years ago is now inadequate. Hundreds of new cartoons spanning nearly ten decades are included in this newly conceived two-volume, slipcased edition in an encyclopedic format (P is for Pianos, U is for Unicorns...) From sidesplitting to smirk-inducing to head-scratching. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks by Bill Hicks - Book Review

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By Bill Hicks, John Lahr (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781593762018
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 1st, 2008

Bill Hicks was a comedic anomaly. Scathing and abrasive yet compassionate and empathetic, crass and obscene yet poetic and intellectual, Hicks’ raging philosophical humor could either ignite fires or quell them. Challenging regressive and hypocritical views in all forms, from the drug war to the Gulf War, blind nationalism to religious fanaticism, Hicks was at his purest when taking on the powerful and the ignorant. This posthumous release collects all of his stand-up comedy transcripts in order (and it’s fascinating to see how certain jokes and routines evolve over time) along with letters and song lyrics. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis - Book Review

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780385543897
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Published: Doubleday - April 16th, 2019

This compact collection of amusing essays is perfectly purse-sized, and the short vignettes are ideal reading for the subway. Ellis's frank, casual tone makes her stories easily accessible even for those not fluent in Southern. Fans of Jenny Lawson should appreciate this slightly more grown-up take on topics as varied as how to be the perfect dinner party guest and searching for Twitter porn. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle


Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780836220889
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - January 6th, 1987

My absolute favorite comic since I discovered Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat in my aunt’s apartment. The Days Are Just Packed was one of my first bookstore purchases soon after. I remember spreading the comics section of the paper across our sunlit living room floor, lying on my belly, saving Calvin and Hobbes for last; and how sad I was the day I heard Watterson was hanging up his pen and brush. As an adult, I appreciate the sharpness of his cultural and political critiques as much as I appreciated his vast, imaginative landscapes as a child—a perfect comic for any age. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553385052
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Published: Bantam - June 26th, 2007

Ephron uses the same caustic wit that made her screenplay When Harry Met Sally sparkle in this collection of previously published magazine articles. Whether she’s painting a portrait of eccentric Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, needling controversial author Ayn Rand, or peeling back the curtain on the infamously messy filming of Catch-22, Ephron’s bark easily matches her bite. I learned more about how to write compelling, entertaining journalism from this book than from any class I took. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes: Owlturd Comix by Andrew Tsyaston - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781449486938
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 16th, 2018

If you're an avid follower of Tsyaston's (aka Shen, Shencomix, or Owlturd), there's nothing here you haven't seen; instead it's a collection of some of the best comic strips he's released so far, and a perfect primer for those unfamiliar with Shen's particular blend of #relateable content - getting beat up on by Life, and overcoming the obstacles Life throws at you (not always in that order). This collection includes one comic from Shen's arc, ""Fly to the Heavens on a Bicycle Made of Stars"; I would have loved for the full saga to be included to cap off the book. Still, it's a great collection to have. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


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