Frazier's talent is like that of a master safecracker: he never leaves any fingerprints. He recreates the tone and tics of a commonplace document--a letter from a bank President, or a legal brief--but ever so slyly lets flickers of absurdity emerge and build. Here's evidence of his style, from the title piece:
"In addition to reducing all Mr. Coyote's careful preparations to naught, the premature detonation of Defendant's product resulted in the following disfigurements to Mr. Coyote:
1. Severe singeing of the hair on the head, neck, and muzzle.
2. Sooty discoloration.
3. Fracture of the left ear at the stem, causing the ear to dangle in the aftershock with a creaking noise."
As with most written humor, the closer you pay attention, the more Frazier's pieces yield. So settle in, and read Coyote V. ACME carefully--you won't be disappointed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was a little disappointed at first that the actual Coyote V. Acme was only a small part of the book. However, the other essays were well worth reading. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KFlo
What a rip off! There is one funny story in it, about Bob Hope, so I gave it two whole stars.Published 2 months ago by T. Riehl
But still good. This is entertaining, but I was expecting more material on Coyote vs Acme, not just one "Filing" if you will. Read morePublished 5 months ago by runningiron
There were a few interesting/funny articles in here, but most were just plain bizarre. It's not something I'd read again.Published 8 months ago by Gina Kilgour
If I'd been browsing in a real live bookstore I'd've glanced at this, leafed through it and moved on to the next offering on the remainder table. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Hutchinson
As most of the reviewers note, the title article is the best, and the only one I laughed out loud (for an embarrassingly long time) at, but he takes his creativity to places most... Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. ORourke
Similar to "Lamentations..." this seemed to be the words form an author trying desperately to be witty. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jim kvedaras
Ian Frazier is one funny guy. His "Shouts and Murmurs" column in the New Yorker is consistantly humorous. But he hit his stride with "Coyote V. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jack Shakely