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Vice Dos and Don'ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446692824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446692823
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The hilarious, famously scathing Dos & Don’ts 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). It’s 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 magazine’s provenance is crucial ("Ten years ago two drunks and a junkie decided to take advantage of Montreal’s 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 & Don’ts, 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 trunks—mongoosing 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 Wild’ing your self sic up like that poster in my Guidance Counsellor’s sic office." When he’s 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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Even without reading, this book is very funny.
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I love this book and have bought so many copies over the years as gifts for my friends!
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If you know anything about VICE you will dig the vibe in this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By msmoon on September 28, 2004
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Love 'em or hate 'em, Vice is is not one to mince words. The NYC-via-Montreal magazine/record label/clothing store/book publishers compiled the "best of the best"...and "best of the worst" of Vice Magazine's street fashion critiques. Sometimes scathing, oftentimes blow milk out of your nose funny, mixed with thoughts of "I know he didn't just write that!" Vice Dos & Don'ts is an entertaining read. FYI: check out [...] for a complete archive of articles and 'fashion' critiques.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Palmer on January 2, 2005
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So most of the photo write-ups come from insular, genre-arguing, punk ex-junkies... That's a fact. Though on the whole, the photos are interesting, and the fashion reviews are humorous, especially when a visual faux pas is employed.

Sadly, many of the critiques are poop level, and the reviews of women generally amount to "hot-or-not" trash.

Nevertheless, the book goes great next to a toilet and will, no doubt, be the envy of all your teenage male friends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Narumi on September 5, 2004
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Do not, I repeat DO NOT read this book on the train. I tried it and was laughing so hard everyone on the train was staring at me. This book is too funny to be brought out in public. I almost peed myself. Keep this book indoors where it belongs. It is the funniest thing I have ever read in my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CDBP on February 7, 2008
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In an age too often focused on the superficial and mundane, it is good to see that some people still focus on key issues for society. Buy this important book for yourself, your friends, your loved ones.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SoniyaS on November 16, 2005
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(That's a quote from somewhere in the book) I haven't stopped laughing since I picked up this book and now I also can't stop finding Do's and Don'ts all over the streets of Chicago. I'll be giving this book out to unsuspecting friends for Xmas this year.
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This book is very entertaining. I like reading it for a few minutes right before bed, not because it puts me to sleep but because it puts me in a good mood and takes my mind off the fact that my car needs new brakes.

One of the most entertaining things about this book is to look at a photo and try to decide if it is a "do" or a "don't" before you read the caption. I'm telling you, there is no way to predict. The writer is completely fickle. One photo of a man clad all in spandex is a horrid affront to the human race. The next page you'll see a man wearing a latex body suit, and apparently that's not bad. He's got balls for wearing it apparently, and that's good, a "do." So it's fun to try and guess what the author thinks.

Even without reading, this book is very funny. If you like people watching then there are a lot of interesting folks to see here, all doing their own thing. And it's not just people dressing crazy like wearing feather headdresses and that sort of wackiness. It's people just looking unique, wearing two layers of sweatpants with a tube top and high heels. There are a few risque pictures in the book.

The writing is generally crude and vulgar, but well written actually. It's very colloquial, like your college roommate is sitting across the cafeteria table from you ranting about someone he saw on the other side of campus.

Entertaining for yourself, but also a good gift, although probably not for your mom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pratt on May 24, 2008
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This book is laugh-out-loud funny for people who aren't afraid of whiny coffee shop hippies complaining about sexism and ruining the jokes. I have it on my table, and its a house favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skybar on March 27, 2009
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I take it out and re-read it every few months. It is screamingly
funny--but somehow even this seems like an understatement. You won't be disappointed!!
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