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Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages Paperback – February 10, 2005
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"A shortcut to alt stardom... a serious-yet-nutty book of tips from folks who've already paid their dues." -- SF Weekly, July 13, 2005
"Stuffed with sage and snarky wisdom by a cavalcade of seasoned misfits..." -- SF Bay Guardian, June 28, 2005
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I was under the impression that it would be a witty memoir of sorts, loosely structured on an advice/self-help format. I was sorely disappointed. The author's accounts are vapid and lacking of any real substance, and everything is just dressed up in the manner of the pseudo hip, with the author spending too much time congratulating herself on whatever it is she speaks about. There's no depth, no structure, pretty much NO POINT to this book. I'm okay with not having a point, but it's just dry and not witty and no fun to read at all.
What's up with the other 5-star reviews on this piece? This book is for the empty-headed, seriously.
There's a delicious article on how to survive prison. I appreciated the tip about, once you're there, stop trying to run the lives of people on the outside. And there's a good article about how to run up credit cards and abscond without paying your bills, for "there is no debtor's prison in America." Editor Blowdryer provides the best advice herself, however, and she has her own take on everything from the Gabor Sisters to why you should never say anything bad to one person in a couple about the other, even if they are on the outs with each other at the moment. It will come back and haunt you.
She has lived a thousand lives, and with this book you will gain admission into the secret sanctorum of her inner brain, where her heart and her conscience often go to pay their respects. You'll have some good laughs, but better than that you will be confronted with someone very special, a pure soul like one of the characters in an old Robert Bresson movie.
The book includes chapters on how to work a room, how to raise kids, drugs (doing `em and not doing `em), how to survive in prison and buying, using and packing a strap-on. Contributors include Jennifer Blowdryer, Clint Catalyst, Bucky Sinister, Lynn Breedlove and many other talented peeps.
I especially enjoyed the "how to do your time in prison" piece. So many of my friends from the neighborhood I grew up in went to prison. As a youngster I figured eventually everyone ends up there so it was inevitable for me too. Consequently I have been squirreling away prison survival techniques since I was about 14 years old. Luckily I have not had to use 'em. Better safe than sorry!