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Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd by Molly Erdman
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Aug 10, 12

bookshelves: picture-book
Read on August 09, 2012

Decorating Humor. For those unfamiliar with Erdman's blog, Catalog Living takes photos you might find in home decorating catalogues or magazines and pairs them with a pithy caption from Erdman, who invented Gary and Elaine, a couple who inhabits these bizarrely styled spaces and thinks absolutely nothing of filling a wheelbarrow with throw pillows, or sitting down on the couch with a nice bowl of wicker balls as a snack.

The book is slim, a paperback with glossy color pages, a little smaller than a magazine, with all original content. The images are organized by room and each chapter has an introduction written by Gary or Elaine. It made me laugh a few times, particularly the one with the apple and the scale, Gary's new cereal, and anything involving throw pillows or floor poufs, but taken all at once it can get a bit repetitive. It might make a good coffee table book, lurking sarcastically among the fanned out home magazines.

Three stars. The book is fun, and made of high quality materials, but doesn't offer anything Erdman's blog doesn't.

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