Is it just me or is everything shit?: Insanely Annoying Modern Things
Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur & Brendan Hay
Grand Central, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
Is it just me or is everything shit?
, Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur and Brendan Hay describe '
Insanely Annoying Modern Things
' from A to Z (
Z-List Celebrities Saving the Planet
hough, not being up on the music scene, many of the entries eluded me, there's something for everyone - at least for everyone who enjoys an ironic look at modern life - in this biting volume. A typical entry on
This is the news: Some bloke with more money than sense has got himself lost in a small dinghy in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
' It continues '
would it be unreasonable to suggest that when they do capsize, rather than expect a multithousand-dollar rescue operation and media furor, they could at least have the decency to drown, quietly?
here's a sarcastic comment on
; a treatise on
Books on CD
a book that even people who really like reading get frightened of
'; and depressingly valid entries on
"Change Yourself Today!" Culture
Iraq War Euphemisms
. I chuckled over '
what kind of person would want to stop anyone from seeing a film that "contains mild peril"?
. And I groaned over
, the notion that the
store layout '
makes you feel like a lab rat
s it just me or is everything shit?
is a humorous book that I believe Alan Alda and Tom Lehrer would enjoy - which is an accolade in itself. I recommend it as a holiday gift for those on your list who enjoy satire.
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