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The Petraeus Files: All the Photos, Chats, Poems, and Other Super-Secret Emails They Don’t Want You to See Paperback – February 12, 2013
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TED TRAVELSTEAD is a writer and performer. He is a co-author of SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk, a contributor to Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice, and has written for Esquire, Vanity Fair, Radar, and McSweeney's, among other publications. As an actor he has appeared onstage performing sketch and stand-up at various venues in New York City, and in a broad range of films, comedic shorts, and music videos.
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I was laughing at loud (honest to goodness LOLs!) within the first few pages as I learned about the General's professed love of bugle music, hatred of pool parties and complete ignorance of iTunes. Travelstead's deft treatment of the mercurial pair and their romance is absurd yet oddly respectful, making these love-struck kids quite endearing. By the end of the first couple of chapters, you find yourself rooting for them and their mutual admiration of John Mayer music and donkey-inspired love-making.
Ted saves the majority of his jabs for the insane character of Jill Kelley, the busybody bored housewife who throws lavish parties for her military neighbors, pens godawful fan fiction, loves chain restaurants and inadvertently causes the downfall of the infamous secret romance. Her inane text conversations with her sister and emails with multiple generals are downright gut busting. Travelstead's comedic sensibilities--follow him on Twitter at @trumpetcake (he is the best)--really shine bright with his over-the-top descriptions of her extravagant parties (Shark-Attack Simulator!). I really loved this book and want to know more about these people... not the real ones, I'm talking about the dopey, love-starved characters Travelstead gleefully created for us.