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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Selby Is in Your Place
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on December 15, 2010
I purchased this book based on some of the reviews I read and heard about. What a dissapointing waste! It is filled with distracting and irritating notes, scribbles, and scrawls, along with useless information about a selection of people who must have a very special, small, and selective group of admirers (where or where?). I would have normally kept it, to be donated at some point a few years from now, or given it to someone as a gift. However, the gift idea quickly left my mind because I could not think of a single person who would find this book interesting, or even amusing. So, back to amazon it went. It was worth paying for shipping just to get rid of it.
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on July 15, 2011
I wanted to like this book but it was not a good one. I was more disturbed by these artists' homes than I was inspired. I would not recommend this book!
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on January 30, 2011
This is the kind of book you would find in Anthropologie on a coffee table stacked with pink shirts. I suppose it is the perfect Ironic Coffee Table Book; it's about fashion and decoration choices of people who mock traditional fashion and decorating. For example, the poetic description of the clever girl who put bookshelves above her kitchen sink, to maximize space in her tiny New York City apartment reads like she's being nominated for the Academy Award for Cleverness. Or the hero-worshiping description of the disheveled hipster man... who drives a Bentley. You're probably thinking to yourself, "Wow, I thought he was a homeless college drop-out, but he's actually a Yuppie Hipster! I wasn't expecting that."

This book is more like self-worship-for-hipsters than a guide to decorating. Apparently a blogger (Selby) has some fans and now wants to see himself worshiped. Oh wait, isn't that selling out?

The style of this book is a cross between a catalog of blog posts and a Susan Branch cookbook. Each "section" is simply a 2-to-3 page discussion about some hipster's apartment, sprinkled with hand-drawn illustrations in the margins. The graphic layout looks a lot like scrapbooking. The author's writing attempts to showcase how each person has been clever with their dwelling and decorating. It comes off as a menagerie of pretentious artists with swelled heads. All in all: This is the perfect book for a hipster with ADD. It's poorly organized and full of colorful pictures.
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