Thursday, June 14, 2007

More books I've read in 2007

You want igry? Check out this collection of 80s and 90s teens' diaries, poetry and overwrought love letters to Duran Duran members. It's actually pretty hilarious -- except for the parts that painfully remind you of how you used to be in high school.

From the Mortified website:

Producer Dave Nadelberg began the project after unearthing a notably awkward love letter and sharing with friends in the late 1990s. Formalizing in 2002, Mortified has since sifted through volumes of otherwise forgotten notebooks, photos, and envelopes in an effort to crack the lid off our cultural shoebox and expose our inner geek.

Its popular stage show, Mortified Live, operates "chapters" in numerous cities (Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, San Fran) fueled by intense word-of-mouth and a devoted fanbase of thousands annually. Its debut book, Mortified: Real Words, Real People, Real Pathetic is currently in stores. Mortified 2: Love Is a Battlefield hits bookstores in Winter 2007. As the largest and longest-running project of its kind, the grassroots comedy collective helped pioneer a cultural movement some term "shoeboxing" and is overseen by Nadelberg and Neil Katcher. Mortified is based in LA, the official home of public humiliation.

After all, where else can you hear grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their... first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Bon Jovi? Participants include a wide range of people, from professional performers (comics, celebrities, singers) to total amateurs (architects, ad execs, salesmen) all in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. Witness personal redemption through public humiliation.

Share the shame.

My favorite part of

was the Dan DeCarlo pin up and Picasso's cartoons.

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