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Interior Desecrations by James Lileks
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Aug 15, 08

bookshelves: 2008, humor
Recommended for: Fans of A Gallery of Regrettable Food
Read in August, 2008

Personally, I feel nostalgic about the 70s, and I think that James Lileks harshes on that decade a little too much, both here and in his other works.* I'll concede the point, however: the examples of interior design in this book are mind-numbingly atrocious, and Lileks's commentary is, as usual, as hilarious as it is incisive. If you enjoyed Lileks's masterwork, A Gallery of Regrettable Food, you'll find this a worthy successor. Gaze upon color schemes that even a blind man could not contemplate and stay sane. See furniture guaranteed to provide you with a crippling backache within ten minutes of use or double your money back. And puzzle over bizzare abstract artwork that will make you long for good old representational art—like Picasso.

*Perhaps I'd feel differently if I were ten years older. After all, I spent most of my young adulthood in the 80s, though for me, popular culture didn't really go to pot until the advent of grunge and the "X-TREME!!!!!!" fad of the 90s.

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Kenton Schassberger There were nice homes and rooms but they were also so bland you could sleep in them. The rooms shown are the extremes of the 70s, not a norm. What was most fun were hot tub parties, and naked pool parties and very cheap drugs

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