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Book Review: Catalog Living At It's Most Absurd

By Sandy Amazeen May 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT

Book Review: Catalog Living At It's Most Absurd

Millions have already been to Gary and Elaine\'s. Isn\'t it time you dropped by? Have you ever flipped through the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog and thought, "Who actually lives that way?? Rest assured, you are not alone. Pushed too far by a photo depicting a plate of figs placed under a table, actor and Second City-alum Molly Erdman created Gary and Elaine, a well-heeled and deeply superficial couple ...more

Inspired by Erdman’s wildly popular blog, this laugh out loud funny book pokes fun at those over-the-top, glossy interior decorating catalogs. You know the kind, they show amazingly appointed rooms designed to make you feel inadequate while at the same time making you wonder, do people actually live that way? Thus the creation of Gary and Elaine, a richer then rich couple with nothing better to do then obsess about their prodigious home as illustrated by hilarious captions to those home furnishing catalog photos. From “deflowering the living room” to rusted corrugated siding, bizarrely organized fruit to piles of rocks, toys or untitled books; all manner of absurd decorating schemes are “explained” by the hosts. Living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, baths and more are treated to liberal doses of wit and sarcasm that will likely change how you view those trendy catalogs while enjoying a good laugh at the marketing ploys.

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