From Publishers Weekly
The hilarious, famously scathing Dos & Donts section of Vice gets its due in the latest compendium by Alvi, McInnes and Smith (The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll). Its the best part of a magazine identified, variously, as an "ultra-hip underground magazine" and a "hotch-potch of F-words, cocaine, music and sex with occasional rants about how stupid, lazy, older people should stop being so pathetic and shortsighted "and known to those who read it as being a publication full of irresistibly stupid stuff written by very smart people. The legend of the magazines provenance is crucial ("Ten years ago two drunks and a junkie decided to take advantage of Montreals many make work programs and start a government-funded magazine") to its appeal, and the Vice creators have spawned a kind of scruffy media empire out of their moments of juvenile genius. In the Dos & Donts, chief fashion analyst McInnis serves up wicked gems (many unprintable) to accompany the little photos. Of a man playing soccer in a Speedo, he writes, "You little Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in blue trunksmongoosing all over the place like Julian Lennon video"; of a child wearing a leather jacket, he writes "Dear Kids, I hate your tiny little guts. Thanks for making it worse by Born To Be Wilding your self sic up like that poster in my Guidance Counsellors sic office." When hes feeling complimentary, he says of two middle-aged Quebecoise, "Even after 40 they still rock the high heels and cleavage
.while the English moms go the way of the track pant, the frogs will be wearing that garter belt all the way to the grave." You get the idea.
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