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Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories (Library) Paperback – September 1, 1996
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One of my favorites concerns a man who is nearly poked in the eye with an umbrella on a rainy day. He's telling a companion his story, when a bystander overhears and tells him that many city residents are actually suffering from eye injuries on a day like this. This eye-injury enthusiast takes our man to the hospital, to see him "offer condolences to the families of the injured."
Another story concerns a group of volunteers who man phone lines all night, just to take calls from concerned citizens who have heard fire engine or ambulance sirens. Lots of the stories are about businessmen with bizarre, pathetic, or just loopy invention ideas: a suitcase that turns into a wastebasket, a storefront which sells rock candy, but only wholesale...
The text is punctuated by hilarious proper names, such as:
Blood & Sawdust Brand Cirkus Straws
The Ascending Colon, with Horace Bismuth and Vivian Scybala
Citric Acid Council
Viosh Shirue's Natural Rainwater Cistern
Katchor doesn't look down at his characters or approach them with anything similar to condescension. If I am motivated to feel anything at all after reading this, it's a bit more humility and compassion for my fellow man. At times these little stories are laugh-aloud funny, but mostly they just bring a smile and a little chuckle.
I am glad I ran across this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book, sometimes hard to understand, because I am a dutch guy. And humor is the hardest thing to understand...
But I do like the humor from Ben. Read more
I have always loved Julius Knipl, and I can't understand why he and his creator are not better known. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Anthony Gini
Ben Katchor's marvelous collection of eight-panel short stories, "Julius Knipl Real Estate Photographer", would surely have won the 1996 National Book Award for literary comic... Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by David R. Anderson
But the Julius Knipl graphic stories surely are. They are not remotely like anything else I've ever seen. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Notary Sojac
these haunting stories are a notch above the first julius knipl book. one can only wonder where katchor is taking us with this series. Read morePublished on May 2, 2002 by Yakov Hadash
It's like a hilarious dream that makes perfect sense but you can't explain it, and it permeates your whole day. Read morePublished on October 23, 1999
I lived in New York between 1986 and 1989. Knipl's city is that city as much as it is the "Depression Era" city of a reader below's father. Read morePublished on September 12, 1999 by Bill Chaisson
Sometimes the lack of critical distance in online reviews compels me to chip in with a two-star spoiler, if only to temper the five stars rashes that seem to be endemic. Read morePublished on July 28, 1999