Coyote V. Acme

Coyote V. Acme

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, the celebrated humorist offers his second collection of essays, exploring such odd details of American popular culture as the career of cartoon character Wile E. Coyote.

Blackwell North Amer
When Ian Frazier's first collection of humorous essays, Dating Your Mon, was published in 1986, Time's reviewer Paul Gray called it "hilarious" and warned readers to " read sparingly... By 1996 another collection may appear." And he was rights. Frazier's new collection, Coyote v. Acme, includes twenty-two more side-splitting glimpses into some of the more oddball corners of the American mind.
The title essay imagines the opening statement of an attorney for cartoon character Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme Company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes. Other essays are about the golfing career of comedian Bob Hope, a commencement address given by a Satanist college president, a suburban short story attacked by Germans, the problem of issues versus non-issues, and the theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy from Comrade Stalin.

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Offers a collection of essays exploring such odd details of American popular culture as the career of cartoon character Wile E. Coyote

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374130336
Branch Call Number: 814.54 F869c
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Coyote versus Acme


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Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This collection of humorous essays made me immediately think of my brother as he has the same quirky sense of humour. The book jacket has praise describing the author as "a genius at the tough representation of idiocy, which is everywhere, and flourishing as, perhaps, never before." and I would agree.
From Saturday morning cartoons, to classic television to classic novels, Frazier pulls his material from many sources, remaking it in ways I would never have thought of. An interesting quirky take on modern culture.


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