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by Alfred Gingold | Entertainment
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/28/2003
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by GoryDetails): travelling


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7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, May 28, 2003

9 out of 10

This is a hilarious parody of an L. L. Bean catalog - OK, maybe that doesn't sound so hilarious, but in practice it's a hoot. [This is actually the second such parody; the first was called, unsurprisingly, "Items From Our Catalog".] As in the best parodies, every detail from font to writing style mimics the old L. L. Bean entries, but the products here are (for the most part) unlikely to turn up at an actual store. Some of them seem to be pretty good ideas, though, like the "Attache Counterweight," a briefcase-sized block of wood that you can carry in the opposite hand to balance your laden attache case and "invite compliments and reduce lower back pain". "Counterweight does not open and holds nothing," says the blurb helpfully.

Since Bean traditionally provides products for the outdoorsman, some specialized products appear: the "Weatherproof Breviary," for example, "designed for us by Father Ham Berrigan, who has incorporated many features based on his experiences in radical safe houses, prisons, lecture halls, and occasionally church. Pages will not fade, crack, or mildew from devotions in severest weather.... Thoughtful and divine Christmas gift for hermits, missionaries, or sporting clerics."

The catalog is non-sectarian; it also offers the "Geodesic Dreidel" and the "Orthodox Bush Hat".

Among the useful household items included here are the "Down East Roach Traps" (which look a lot like lobster traps), and the "Field Litter Pan" [with lid, for use when backpacking with your cat].

Very silly, but I like it. [Or should that be "very silly, *so* I like it".] Anyway, I'm not ready to part with my copy of this and it's long out of print - but I could bookring it if people are interested... 


Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, May 28, 2003

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Starting a bookring for this one. Here's the mailing order:

PHC (Richmond, VA)
grover3d (Charleston, WV)
hulamonkey (Newark, OH)
16stepper (Gilbert, AZ)
lisaxiii (Pleasanton, CA)
Too-Ticki (Copenhagen, Denmark)
and back to me:
GoryDetails (Nashua, NH)

As per usual, I'll ask each participant to journal the book when they receive it, PM the next person in line asking for their mailing address, read the book reasonably promptly, and journal again when you've read it and are ready to send it along. Hope you enjoy the book! 


Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, June 02, 2003

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Controlled release:

I'm sending this to BCer PHC in Virginia, to start the bookring. 


Journal Entry 4 by PHC from Richmond, Virginia USA on Tuesday, June 10, 2003

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Received this "book" yesterday~ I've only just glanced through it a bit, but~ What a Hoot!! 


Journal Entry 5 by PHC at Bookring/ray in -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, July 01, 2003

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Released on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at Bookring/ray in USPS, postal release USA. 


Journal Entry 6 by grover3d from Charleston, West Virginia USA on Thursday, July 03, 2003

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Received this one in the mail today - thanks!
 


Journal Entry 7 by grover3d from Charleston, West Virginia USA on Tuesday, July 08, 2003

7 out of 10

Very cute! Passing along to the next in line... 


Journal Entry 8 by hulamonkey from Newark, Ohio USA on Friday, July 18, 2003

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Catalog arrived today.

Very different from the catalogs I usually receive in the mail.

I think their questionnaire was the best part.

Will send out to 16stepper on Monday.
 


Journal Entry 9 by 16stepper from Gilbert, Arizona USA on Saturday, July 26, 2003

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Received as part of a bookring. Will add to the ray/ring pile and read faster! 


Journal Entry 10 by 16stepper from Gilbert, Arizona USA on Tuesday, July 29, 2003

7 out of 10

Not as funny as I had hoped (or maybe this headache is affecting my sense of humor - surely not!), but I did enjoy a number of items. My favorite items were: the beard guard, the saguaro bush jacket, the insulated dance boots, the Uniroyal tire home monument (I've been past the real one more times than I can count), the aquatic cat gear (of course), and the invisible chin support. It's a good thing this stuff isn't for real or I'd be racking up quite a bill.

Mailing out tomorrow to lisaxii along with another bookray I finished today for her reading pleasure. 


Journal Entry 11 by lisaxiii from Pleasanton, California USA on Monday, August 04, 2003

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I got this book in the mail today. It's behind a couple other bookray books, but since it's so short, maybe I'll move it to the top of the pile :-)  


Journal Entry 12 by lisaxiii from Pleasanton, California USA on Wednesday, August 06, 2003

8 out of 10

Very funny items! Many made me laugh out loud :-) Mailed to Too-Ticki in Denmark today. 


Journal Entry 13 by Too-Ticki from Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Monday, August 11, 2003

8 out of 10

Got it and read it today, but I'm going to go through it again before I send it on/back. My favourite has to be the Salinger Cap: "If you really want to know about this item, you probably want to know what it's made out of, and what it's insulated with, and what the goddam earflaps are made out of and all that kind of crap"... Thanks! 


Journal Entry 14 by Too-Ticki from Uppsala, Uppland Sweden on Friday, August 22, 2003

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Homeward bound.  


Journal Entry 15 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, August 29, 2003

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Home again, home again... the catalog arrived back here safe and sound. Thanks, all, and I hope you enjoyed the bookring. [Along with the "catalog" came a lovely postcard and a fascinating-looking book: Quacks. Thanks, Too-Ticki!] 


Journal Entry 16 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 01, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (1/1/2011 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I gave this to my nephew, visiting from New York. Enjoy! 


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