I desperately needed to get out of the house last night, so I headed off to Borders and found “Mother Knows Worst,” by James Lileks. (http://www.lileks.com/) I sat in the cafe, enjoying my cappuccino, and spewing crumbs of blueberry scone all over innocent fellow patrons. People kept turning around, even the ones who were out of firing range, to see what had me in such hysterics. He has taken snippets of ads and books from the 60’s and before, about baby care advice and products, and added his side-splitting commentary on each. His previous work, “Gallery of Regrettable Food” had the same effect on me. Both had to be read in one sitting, and with a safe distance between me and anything that couldn’t handle food stains.
He does do some serious commentary, but check out the website for a taste of his humor. And buy the book.