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Reads as fast as the junk sells!
on September 25, 2014
Sellevision is a clever, entertaining story about a group of people who sell junk on TV to viewers who have no life other than watching 'retail broadcasting networks'. The author, Augusten Burroughs, an advertising copywriter by profession, knows how to write and to slip slick advertisements into his narrative, just like the TV pros, who jam-pack ads (now estimated at 5,000 daily) into our normal, everyday TV programming. Personally, while I hate the intrusiveness of ads in our lives, I nevertheless enjoyed this book. The author creates routines and predicaments for his characters that are personal and entertaining (on the trash-literature level, of course!): one female host is promoting her career by sleeping with the boss, the boss is promising to divorce his wife and marry her; another hostess is fighting a stalker-admirer, who is driving her crazy and into psychotherapy; a gay host is 'outed', fired, and exploring the possibilities of employment as a porn star, the husband of one hostess is 'involved' with his promiscuous, 15-year old neighbor; one hostess is searching for male companionship on the internet, etc. For the average reader, these stories are probably 'other worldly'. This is Burrough's first book; he appears to have a future as a writer. Rolland Amos, Severn, MD