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Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? 03/15/10
Apparently there's a new American edition of Is It Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe. Brendan Hay of The Daily Show collaborated on the Americanization of this encyclopedia of all things shit. Although I'm an American and an active book blogger, I apparently missed the memo on this new edition.
By strange book karma I got a copy of the original British edition through BookCrossing and that's the edition I read. So when reading my review please keep in mind I am reviewing an older and different book. For your convenience, I am providing links to reviews of the 2009 American edition.
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit is an encyclopedia of whinging on the worst pieces of modern culture: it's excesses, it's celebrities, government, politicians, food and so forth. As it is a critique of British (for the most part) pop culture as it was in 2005 the biting humor by 2010 has lost a few teeth.
My two biggest problems with the book stem from just how dated much of it felt and the constant whining from the author. Yes I got the jokes and the references and the slang but after about letter F or G, I stopped caring.
I don't think the Daily Show revisions will make the book any better. If you've read both versions, let me know in the comments how they compare.
Comment #1: Monday, March, 15, 2010 at 16:06:26
I read this one (The UK edition) in 2005 and found most of it hilarious, but would guess that it has lost a few teeth in 2010 as you say. I will look for the US edition as well :-)
Comment #2: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 10:03:06
I'm sure it would have been much funnier in 2005 than it is now.