Picks and Pans Review: Totally U.s.
by Simon Bond
Just about everyone—except perhaps for those feline-ophiles who haven't forgiven Bond for 101 Uses for a Dead Cat—should find something to chuckle at in this cartoon collection. Its peculiar genius springs, perhaps, from the fact that Bond is English. He demonstrates a sharp, jaundiced eye for things American—conceits, pretensions, excesses. One panel shows Uncle Sam lying on a couch while his therapist asks, "So how long have you thought yourself a Democracy?" A diagram of the solar system shows the positions of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, the Moon, Earth and California, which is orbiting the home planet at a considerable distance. Another drawing shows a town full of typically patriotic, commercial business names such as "Minuteman Insurance" and "Federal Finance;" right above the "Stars and Stripes Stationers" is an establishment called "Pinko-Commie Cleaners." In a fourth panel, a road sign says, "You are now entering Las Vegas. Please leave your good taste at the front desk." There are two reasonable responses to this little book: laugh and/or urge Gary Larson to retaliate with some Anglophobic Far Side. (Salem, paper, $5.95)
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