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Humor
Author: Henry Alford
ISBN: 0679415092
Subcategory: Humor
Pages 231 pages
Publisher Random House; 1st edition (February 15, 1994)
Language English
Category: Humor
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 514
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Municipal Bondage book. Henry Alford is an American humorist and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair and The New York Times for over a decade. He has also written for The New Yorker. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Books by Henry Alford.

One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City. On the evidence of the compilation at hand, the Manhattan-based freelancer (Mademoiselle, Spy, Vanity Fair, et. will do almost anything for a quiet laugh.

Henry Alford is an American humorist and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair and The New York Times for over a decade a classicist, firmly in the mold o. .

Henry Alford is an American humorist and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair and The New York Times for over a decade. He has also written for The New Yorker a classicist, firmly in the mold of Wilde, Waugh, Benchley, and Lebowitz. Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top is Alford's memoir of his attempt, at the age of 34, to become a professional actor.

A collection of essays that describe, among other exploits, taking a dog-grooming test, inventing a new snack food, and becoming an ear-lobe model.

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Alford's first book, Municipal Bondage was published in February, 1994 by Random House

Alford's first book, Municipal Bondage was published in February, 1994 by Random House. A collection of essays and articles, many of which were previously featured in Spy and other magazines, the book documents Alford's adventurous exploration of modern urban living, including his hiring of two nude housecleaners, his trying to find work as an earlobe model, his volunteering to serve. as the driver for the governor of Colorado during the 1992 Democratic Convention, and his untrained attempts to pass a variety of vocational exams

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A collection of essays that describe, among other exploits, taking a dog-grooming test, inventing a new snack food, and becoming an ear-lobe model
Doriel
MUNICIPAL BONDAGE is suffused with wit, but merely sprinkled with humor. Alford seems to be in search of an Andy Rooneynesque mien, but in most of his contrivances, he makes light of people rather than the absurdity of the situation.

One's inability to acquire certification as a dog groomer, cement mason, cosmetologist or for that matter, dentist (which he did not attempt), has little intrinsic humor. The author seems oblivious to the fact nearly all occupations have an associated degree of skill. If his attempts to milk humor in these predicaments had been primarily self-deprecating, that's one thing but more often than not, he devined for after-the-fact thinly veiled, ridicule, which was patently unfunny. Now, if Clifford the curmudgeonly cocker spaniel had bitten him as he deserved during the groomer's exam, that would have been funny. This book is not Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory.

I don't mean to imply the book was without its moments. Illuminating the idiosyncratics one might encounter in everyday life such as his adventures with Manhattan bed and breakfast proprietors or fraudulent psychic advisers, was funny, though not necessarily, of the 'rolling in the aisles' variety.

Similarly, his lists of "what if's" ranged from mild amusement to banality. Many of the references have not held up well over time. Only the over the hill like me, or someone who has spent way too much time watching classic television is likely to "get" the humor in a dog who becomes pope requesting an audience with June Lockhart.

Essentially, the ratio of chuckles to grimaces was not sufficient to rate this book any higher.
Silverbrew
This is one of the most hilarious books I have ever read bar none.
First, Alford provides some incredibly witty accounts of different "investigations" he conducts in New York City, such as hiring a clutter consultant, trying to get some fake heirlooms auctioned off at Sotheby's, trying to find a good bed and breakfast in Manhattan, hiring a nude housecleaning service, etc. In between each of these stories are some hilarious lists, such as "What if Frank Sinatra taught acting at UCLA" or "What if unemployed actors worked at banks instead of restaurants". The whole thing is great.
I found myself consistently laughing at some of the things Alford did in his investigations, such as gauging what happened when he asked the nude housecleaners to do things like bleach his tub or wash his windows from the outside. All in all, this is a very satisfying book for any fan of humor.
Abandoned Electrical
...in my opinion! Essays in the style of David Sedaris. The author takes tests for proficiency in dog grooming, hairstyling, and cement mixing. He invents an odd snack that he attempts to sell at a street fair. Best of all (oh, the best!) he investigates the listings for "Bed and Breakfast" operations in the middle of New York City and actually stays the night in several! Quaint country inns are one thing, but the middle of Manhattan? I loved this book and will seek out his other book pronto!
Gna
This is a pretty funny book--a guy who does a lot of crazy adventures and then writes about them. There's one where he took some fake heirlooms (pencil shavings, a bone) to Sotheby's auction house and tried to get a lot of money for them which I really liked.
riki
Reading like a collection of Magazine articles, Henry Alford's little book (a comforting 231 pages) is fine chuckle reading. Again and again he casts himself into silly situations and somehow turns normal citizens into fonts of comedy. Alford seems very much like an Andy Rooney for the `90s.
Cobandis
A lot of this book is like a really good magazine article. The list part was high-larious. One question: What's Coco?
Molotok
This is a very amusing read. I don't know much about Henry Alford, but I wish he would keep cranking out things like this.