- Hardcover: 331 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (November 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060164700
- ISBN-13: 978-0060164706
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.2 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of Bad Taste Hardcover – November 1, 1990
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From Library Journal
Pop culture mavens and authors of 15 books, including Elvis World ( LJ 10/1/87) and Sixties People ( LJ 1/90), the Sterns have assembled a directory of American "ersatz culture" that would make Roseanne Barr proud. Their goal is, "to catalogue bad taste, define the standard masterworks, and inaugurate the annals of the world's favorite faux pas." With entries running the gamut from Chippendale dancers, Tammy Faye Bakker, and the jogging suit to Jello, nose jobs, and tattoos, the result is a somewhat humorous and whimsical volume that celebrates lowbrow culture more than berates it. This encyclopedia offers trivial information aplenty, most of it from secondary sources: the origins of bowling, the invention of the Lava Lite. It might make a good gift item, but as a library reference purchase it is not recommended. Perhaps for pop culture or humor collections.
- David Nudo, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Some topics are strangely absent (where was the section on raccoon-style eyeliner? Where were edible underwear, slogan-bearing buttons, and Love's Baby Soft perfume?), and others are explored in far more depth than might be strictly necessary (Charo is a prime example -- she just never blipped my radar like fish sticks did, I guess).
I loved it, though. It's a good source of laughs. Actually, it made me feel a bit nostalgic. I'm making Jell-O tonight.
Warning: There is some strong language in this book, including a few examples of the F-word. There are also some R-rated pictures in it. Also, it really pokes fun at people named Tiffany. I wasn't offended, but I thought I'd mention it in case someone else wanted to avoid such things.
Regardless of the above comment, I did find the book informative again and again. But just one thing: Come on now, recliners are bad taste? Say what?! Really, is there an alternative?