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Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists Paperback – October 13, 2009
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"In a culture that worships the disposable, lazy lists obligatorily put together by self-serving editorial staffs at the likes of Barely Information Magazine, The A.V. Club has decided to embrace what it parodies until it meets itself just outside of heaven and shakes its own hand while flipping itself, and you and me, off. Kudos, A.V. Club!" -- David Cross, Mr. Show and Arrested Development
"I'm going to put this awesome book on my coffee table so when people come over they'll think I'm fun, clever, and sophisticated, but charmingly populist. And when they see my name on the back cover, they'll also think I'm famous!" -- Mindy Kaling, The Office
"Despite the fact that they declined to ask me to participate in this award-winning* book, I bear no ill will toward the writers because they are all geniuses; buying this book will make you feel a genius, too.** (*This book has not won any awards. **No, that was not a typo. I literally meant you would feel a genius.)" -- Michael Ian Black, The State and Michael And Michael Have Issues
"I did look at the book and enjoyed it, but didn't have time to come up with a quote, unless 'Seems like a pretty good book. I had a great time skimming it' works." -- Eugene Mirman, Flight Of The Conchords and The Will To Whatevs
About the Author
Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.
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I debated whether or not to buy the book; my main reason to buy it was for the book-only content: guest lists by people including Andrew W.K., Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, and others. The guest lists are pretty disappointing, on the whole; they certainly don't hold up to the quality of the AV Club's writing, and many of them are not even in the spirit of the AV Club Inventory. (The first one, by Robert Ben Garant, is a simple list of gross-out moments from movies. It's not particularly witty or interesting; any blog commenter worth his "firsties" could have come up with it. Sorry, Mr. Garant; you're far from alone.) The only guest list writer who really gets it is Patton Oswalt; his list is smart, insightful, and funny.
But really, the suckiness of the guest lists is my only complaint (and you'll see, I didn't even ding the book a star for it). I bought this book for my Kindle, because it's a great thing to have in portable form and be able to read in bits and pieces while waiting around. It would also be a great book to buy and keep in the bathroom or nightstand; it lends itself perfectly to being read in small doses.
Next time, AV Club, skip the guests and give us more of your own writing!
Plus it got me into the library site. Let's face it, most bookstores have long forgotten Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book and Tom Robbins's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues both adroitly featured here in "14 must-read books for aspiring young rebels." And what about Kurt Vonnegut. He formed our lives. Inventory reminds us how he wrote in Mother Night, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." If nothing else this compilation shows us that we have not progressed as much as we like to think. We just conveniently forget the old contexts. The A.V. gang isn't letting us. Some of their smart-ass gives way to the profound. Stop for a minute and think of books or movies that you think define the decades of the past, then take a look at their lists and the rationale for each.Read more ›
Good. I knew you were. I can tell an intelligent, discerning reader when I see one. Since you are here, let me tell you about the product on which page you are browsing.
The book is torn from the pages of the sage periodical publication known as "The Onion". First of all, the tearing was done really carefully so it does not even look like they ripped anything. Secondly, this is from the real part of the paper/website/media empire. First order real, not second and third level sarcastic real like how the Onion invented the Daily Show but does not get any credit for it real. I mean these are lists compiling things that you might not have thought about and presents them in list format. I will give you an example. I have it sitting right here and I will give you a sample list at random from the middle of the book.
List: "Not Dead Yet: 8 great Films Made By Directors After They Turned 70"
There are better ones. I read this cover-to-cover and giggled and learned the whole way through. I would also envision this as a perfect piece of literature to be consumed in discrete time chunks. Just open it up and pinch a little list off until you reach the end.
One last thing, the lists are not just single items. Each individual list unit has a paragraph of description about how the list item fits within the list's larger theme. It is pretty awesome and a lot of bang for your buck.
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ridiculous, stupid, not even close to funny. dont waste the money. as one reviewer said, added to take up space.Published 16 months ago by Denni
'Nuff said. You can get most of this content from the AV Club website for free anyway. Added for space.Published on May 9, 2014 by David Rodriguez
I don't remember ordering this so I may have sent it back? Sorry, it must have been a long time ago.Published on November 24, 2013 by Bet
An entertaining collection of pop culture lists. Some were total throwaways, while others were amazingly well thought out. Easy to read in small chunks.Published on November 6, 2013 by Melissa O
I am discovering new things left and right, ordered in the funniest, most random way I can imagine. This is a book that will never, ever grow old, even if new things appear that... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Juan Carlo Rodriguez
When I was in middle school, I came across Book of List which turned out to be one of the most exciting books that I could read. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Tim Lieder
Americans are list crazy. There is no use denying it, and it's especially true when it comes to pop culture. We are endlessly categorizing songs, movies, TV, books, etc... Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by K. Harris
If yo have to have something on your table for people to look at and thumb through, this is a must!!!Published on May 23, 2010 by William S. Spencer
I am a huge fan of the online publication The Onion. The A.V. Club is the section of The Onion devoted to entertainment--namely film, television, music, and books. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Reviewer Dr. Beth