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  • By Leah Greenwald
    Feb 19, 2012
    In this funny funny collage from the attic of his brain, Jerry Meyer manipulates handfuls of common iconic images from mid-20th century comic books and magazines. For some, these images will be as familiar as one's own childhood face staring back from a mirror. For others they will seem antique, from another world. They are treated as if the staff of Mad Magazine worked them over during a weekend in an orgone box. No stone of gender assumption is left unturned. The centerpiece is many iterations of an image taken from a magazine ad (for what? Vacuum cleaners? Vitamins? Meyer would have us think vibrators). Two women-- one a weary housewife in a flowered apron, the other her chic cheerful confident friend, are sitting together on a couch. The housewife always says "I don't get it"; the friend has any number of helpful suggestions, all about Topic A. Meyer makes graphic and tangible the fantasies that flicked through the minds of the adolescents who encountered these images... More > first hand, over and over, decades ago. He simultaneously casually informs those too young to have to have seen these before that earlier generations could grasp subliminal meaning and didn't require the head-bludgeoning obviousness used in advertising now. Woven through it, underneath, is nostalgia and love for those who populated Meyer's world in childhood. Not for the first time, he welcomes the dead back into the conversation. Too short, though.< Less
  • By drmdavewhite
    Feb 16, 2012
    Got Jerry Meyer's book a few days ago and have been keeping it out where we can continue to look and read and digest the hilarious and unexpected juxtapositions of images, ads and essays. The centerpiece of the book "I Just Don't Get It" presents a repeating image over several pages, with hilarious captions, but the contextualizing essay about foot fetish at the end proves that even after looking at page after page of the same image I clearly just didn't get it. This is one of my favorite things about Meyer's work: it presents something (an image, a phrase, a form letter, an advertisement, a comic) that at first glance seems straight forward, but on closer inspection becomes something very different: complex, funny, sometimes sad, uncomfortable, or heartwarming. This is a book for anyone who thinks that art should not only be able to challenge our ideas, but also to make us smile and think.
  • By James Valletti
    Feb 9, 2012
    Jerry Meyer's skills go far beyond visual artistry, as evidenced in this book. His sharp wit and humor make this the funniest read I've had in a long time...I'm talking David Sedaris "Santaland Diaries" long time. Enjoy it - and take time to actually stop and think when you read it. It's worth that much more when you do.
  • By m messinger
    Feb 4, 2012
    Megawatt intellectual neurotic artist and humorist writes book that will make your drink fly in the most brilliant spit take (or pull out your morphine drip)....i dare you...and don't miss ANY of the fine print...the best stuff....GREAT!
  • By Beulah T Parkman
    Feb 4, 2012
    Very funny. What else has he written? At first I thought it was authored by a certain New Yorker writer under the nom-de-plume Jerry Meyer. Then I checked out Jerry Meyer's art website and it is the same person I'm pretty sure. Unless another famous humor writer saw Meyer's art and was inspired by it to write under another name (Jerry Meyer) for some reason. You can't trust what you read nowadays. Everything gets appropriated. It's creepy. Anyway it's very funny. What I mean is WHAT'S NEW (Since I Died in 1952)? is very funny. The rest is creepy.
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Product Details

ISBN
9781105397615
Edition
First Edition
Published
February 4, 2012
Language
English
Pages
51
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
Weight
0.6 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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