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This book is a blast, if you can possibly track down a copy. It's a history of early American trash culture, from the beginning. It was the first place I ever heard of the infamously awful opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, and my introduction to the idea that the fastest way to render something kitschy was to put a clock in it. Kitschy sculpture is also dealt with (the best/worst example being a rendering of George Washington which has him represented as the Greek god Zeus), as is bad art ...more
Not bad. Didn't like it as well as I expected to, but it was still fun. I could have done with more photos and less preachiness. Though I suppose it's hard to define "kitsch" without sounding like some arbiter of cosmic taste. This sort of book has been done better--Jan and Michael Stern's The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste for instance--but it's still entertaining.