- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (October 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060988967
- ASIN: B004KAB7NK
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ego trip's Big Book of Racism! Paperback – Bargain Price, October 15, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
"Due to our strong personal convictions, we wish to stress that this book in no way endorses a belief in racism. We just hate everybody." So proclaim the folks behind this often funny, often offensive and appropriately bitter book(...) There are a few culls from the now-defunct ego trip magazine's pages, but most of the content is new and shameless: there's list journalism ("Professor Griff's Favorite Jewish People Some of Whom Also Happen to be Friends"; "60 Notable Moments in Interracial Luv 'N' Lust"), essays ("Fear of a Black Pool Party"), parodies of some easy targets (TV Guide, magazine quizzes) and some harder ones (MAD Magazine, which is itself an organ of parody), and digs at some others that deserve it (professional sports). The writing is sharp and to the point, and though there's plenty of silly stuff ("Who are the Black Muppets?"; the "hidden hate" in Wite Out and watermelon seeds), the underlying message is dead serious: racism pervades every aspect of culture, from travel books to television. Anyone who can call himself Chairman Mao must have a very thick coat of irony to protect himself-as should prospective readers, some of whom will remember ego trip's Book of Rap Lists, "hip hop's answer to the telephone book, you pity-party patsies." 3-color illus. throughout.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Also hoping for an update, the book covers racial issues until early 2000s.
The book arrived fast and in excellent condition.
Would defenetly recomend to others, I wish there was more pictures.
I bought this as a gift and ended up keeping it for my self!
The section devoted to sports was definitely the most thought provoking and informative, while the rest of the book was pretty hit ("Fear of a Black Pool Party" & the dictionary of new coined ethnic slurs) OR miss (the majority of the section on Asians was pretty weakly written, sorry y'all.)
I think the book could have been improved if the female perspective wasn't limited to one short piece on hair. For all the talk about what's wrong with everybody, women writers are almost completely left out. Except for a few scattered lists of women the writers found attractive (Brooke 'Doll Parts' Burke? Oh please!), this pop culture reference book doesn't have much to offer the ladies.
All in all I think the book is worth a look, it's far from perfect but still pretty entertaining.
This is essential tabletop material for those post-ironic, "racially enlightened", hipsters, with a sense of humor.
In other words, if you get offended easily, please, take a long soak in your tub, make love to your honey, then sit down and read this book. It will (hopefully) cure you. :-)
Yes, people. There is a key to the right way to do politically incorrect.
You. Must. Be. Funny.
If you aren't, you're liable to lose a few incisors.
There's Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Aaron Macgruder, Conan O'Brien...And there's this book.
It's funny too. ;-)