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Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal: The Burning Pants of Popular Culture
Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal: The Burning Pants of Popular Culture
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing about a fascinating subject, 26 April 2014
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A fascinating look at the extremes of self delusion, written in an amazingly accessible style without being over-simple or patronising. The Brian Pillman chapter is the best writing on the subject of professional wrestling I've read in some time. Dave Meltzer is fantastic but he's not the most accessible of writers - Millard takes Meltzer's journalism as a source and makes it readable and entertaining for the masses, without sacrificing depth or authenticity. It's the difference between say Ian Kershaw and Giles Milton, or reading through a court transcript of Charles Manson's trial vs reading a critically acclaimed book on the Manson Family.

The other chapters are similarly illuminating - of particular note is a look at famed BBC mockumentary Ghostwatch, an evisceration of noted fraud Derek Acorah, and an exploration of the repeated Bill Murray encounters.

The tome is shot through with personal anecdotes of childhood, which is clearly where Millard encountered the majority of the figures and events dealt with. This is reinforced by the conscious decision to sprinkle the pages with immature jokes about penii - meaning the book works on several levels, unless you're a massively thick stuntman who IMDB says hasn't worked for eight years, in which case books without pictures may not be for you.

I would buy this book immediately, and then buy another one for a friend. Also, if I were to lose my Kindle and also my password for my Amazon account, I would buy another copy without hesitation.


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