A hilarious take on the newly classified but recognizable archetypes of contemporary culture looks at such popular characters as the Lieberal, a Democrat with Republican sympathies; Uncle Tomatoes, Italians who hate The Sopranos; and Cherohonkees, white Baby Boomers who dress like Native Americans. Original.
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Robert Lanham is the author of the bestselling The Hipster Handbook and editor in chief of freewilliamsburg.com. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, and Time Out New York.
Jeff Bechtel illustrated the bestseller The Hipster Handbook. His art has appeared in many major magazines..From Publishers Weekly:
Lanham, author of The Hipster Handbook and creator and editor of the Web site www.freewilliamsburg.com, extends his anthropological examination of Americans beyond trendy Brooklyn neighborhoods to the entire country, where Yanknecks ("rebel-flag-waving rednecks who live outside the South"), Sigmund Fruits ("people who insist on telling you about their dreams") and others have existed thus far without being formally studied by "idiosyncrologists" like Lanham and his team. Presented with the authoritative tone of a serious anthropological study, complete with an Idio Rank Scale that assesses the weirdness of each type, many of Lanham’s profiles are hilariously accurate descriptions of co-workers, family members, friends and other acquaintances that almost every American has encountered at some point in their lives. There are the Cornered Rabid Office Workers (CROWs), who "claim to be poets or playwrights" when discussing their work with strangers, "even if they just spent the last nine hours doing data entry on the McFlannery acquisition," and Hexpatriates, Americans who decry everything about America yet never actually leave the country (and who "refer to the Loews multiplex at the mall as ‘the cinema’ and the Motel Six by Hardees as ‘the pensión’"). Illustrations by Jeff Bechtel, depicting the fashion sense of Holidorks (people who wear holiday-themed clothing) and Skants (women with shapely butts who always wear spandex pants), enhance Lanham’s characterizations. Though sometimes overly snarky or clearly just fishing for laughs—surely no Silver Surfers (sexually enthusiastic senior citizens) use the pickup line "So, baby, what HMO plan do you use?"—Lanham’s book offers an amusing overview of some of the quirkier folks that can be found across the country.
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