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How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!! Hardcover – February 1, 2003
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Neil Zawacki is a California-based freelance writer who has long been interested in the plight of evil-doers. Generally considered to be quite villainous himself, he enjoys theater, literature, and world domination.
James Dignan's drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. He divides his evil-doing time between Australia and Europe.
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ZAWAKI, (with devilishly clever drawings by James Dignan), is a total delight! It is NOT, really, a book for truly evil people, (or those who aspire to be truly evil) -- these would be far better off reading the works of Alistair Crowley, and non-fiction about Charles Manson, Jeffrey Daumer, the Zodiac Killer, and such other true weirdos. Various TV shows about other killers and psychopaths might be good ideas too, if you REALLY want to be evil. (Reading books written by racists and anti-Semites, stories of the Inquisition and the Holocaust, modern-day slavery, and the reign of terror even now extant in South Korea, (where whole families are sent to "re-education camps", because of the transgressions of just one member -- something I had thought had ended with the Roman Empire....see the writngs of DIODORUS SICULOUS), etc., might not be a bad idea, as well, shouod you TRULY want to be evil.
But this book? Now--- it's a fun read, really, with lots of delightful illustrations as well. For this book, though it TOUCHES, sometimes, on real evil practices, is, for the main part, for the MISCHIEVIOUS spirit that lives, quite rationally, within all people who would call themselves "free".
Because to be truly free, of course, means -- amongst other things -- to continually be quesioning authority. And if authority (occasionally????) goes beyond it's limits....then rebellion, (thought of by authority as "evil"), seems the only course of action.
So this book is for the MISCHIEVOUS side of most people, rather than for the truly Evil side. With a light touch, Mr. Zawaki helps us find catharsis, in our imaginations, to get back at that dictorial doctor, nosey landlord, criticising relative, etc.
For instance, under the topic: Choosing An Evil Name, one option is to choose a
NORMAL name. But not just any normal name. To quote:
".......the normal name. This is wheere you keep your current name and simply it in your quest for ultimate evil. Believe it or not, you don't always need a big flashy name-- it just helps. Trust in your evil deeds and, should you become terrible enough, that alone can be enough to inspire fear in all humans. Examples include Bill Gates, Pat Robertson.
So, read this book, look at the pictures, and formulate your evil, evil(?) plans.
Look at the engrossing illustrations, reminiscent of the best of 1950s cartoons....with a suble twist. This book, which reminds one of the innate power in us all, is a GRET antidote to those who ware REAlLY evil, (like salary-raising politiicians and CEOs). YOU Do Have The Power!
Goofy. Funny. Amusing illustrations.
What more could one want?