Picks and Pans Review: Dare to Be Dull

updated 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Joseph L. Troise

The cover is dull gray and not in the least inviting. The author is the founder of the International Dull Men's Club. "Bored by being trendy?" he asks. "Now you can be out of it and proud of it." There is a quiz which tests the reader's dullness quotient. It has questions such as "Does Dr. Joyce Brothers 'turn you on'?" The Joys of Dull Living chapter suggests buying a house with imitation brick veneer and an imitation fireplace. And for any dull man who is eager to find a dull woman, the book advises him to try and pick up "the one standing under the clock wearing the sugar-cube corsage." A perfect dull date will also be wearing her heirloom mood ring and a genuine Leatherette belt. A dull person takes no-thrills vacations and several are suggested. (How about a tour with the Broderick Crawford Dancers?) For those who want to be cured of their chic, there is Dullwood, "a rehabilitation center for the chronically trendy." It's not far from Hurley, S. Dak. This drab paperback says something about our culture today that certainly needed to be said—but it's nothing to get excited over. (Bantam, $2.95)

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