- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fireside (May 15, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067164260X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671642600
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL Paperback – May 15, 1988
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This hysterical hobbyist's guide belongs in every hip library. Coot cat Reverend Ivan Stang, high holy of the Church of the SubGenius, has compiled a bestiary of American creeps and crazies so that you can write to them and receive mail that is weird, horrible, wonderfully absurd, or a combination of all three. Each entry has a paragraph or two and the last known mailing address of some fringe loonies. The book is only current through 1988, though; the only thing wrong with it is that it's high time for an update--with URLs, of course. Let's see ... there are catalogs of perpetual motion machines; brochures from South American flying saucer cults; something called "The Battle Cry of Aggressive Christianity" (Christian, not likely--aggressive, you bet); and bizarre roundups such as "News of the Weird," the Church of Beaver Cleaver, and so on. What makes this book so funny is the author's willingness to list (and ridicule) any group, no matter how repulsive. This means, too, that High Weirdness contains a group to offend everyone; consider yourself warned. In fact, if you aren't offended by some of these groups, you must be pretty offensive yourself. So there.
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These days, "High Weirdness by Mail" wallows in temporal slack. It fattens itself upon such anachronistic dissonance and preens and poses and presents itself as a pristine document soaking in such temporal slack.
A snapshot worthy of fascination. Play-by-snail-mail wackiness. Some circa 1988 pre-eMail deliciousness that turns in time...highlighting its fading wacko personal touch against the coming e-fection we continually breathe today.
A timestamp document, at the dawn of the bulldada of the web -- about the bulldada off the web. Which seems a purer form of bulldada, yet watch out for nostalgic self-deception.
Bulldada = Bulldada. It's a constant. (See George Carlin's work, the master of observation, RIP, damn.)
Oh, brave new world.
"The Whole Earth Catalog" has a similar effect today. Yet not so slacky and less fascinating. Too crunchy, less funky.
You know. You do. And it can be had for cheap so get some High Weirdness now. You'll wish it was 20-years ago and you had a lot of stamps and time to spare. And an anonymous PO box.
after perusing its fascinating and repelling pages. I got my copy
soon after publication and was tempted to contact some of those groups, but demurred at the prospect of recieving shovel-fulls of
mail and packets as related by the author. I have browsed through
this book from time to time, and I recommend it as a natural depression cure-all: if after reading a few pages, you're not laughing hysterically, there's no hope for you. What's truly weird
is some of the wackier groups sound suspiciously like our current
Administration nominees - well, YOU be the judge. Well worth checking out, readers.
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Very original stuff!