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Gives me gender shame
on 4 December 2014
I have to agree with GreenK1. Avoid this book. It is grossly overpriced (much thinner than I'd expected - although that's not necessarily a bad thing; see below) and there are other publications that cover this subject more competently. It is also the biggest piece of sh1te that ever made it into print.
Standish sets a new gold-standard in pseudo-science. Her extrapolations from history and psychology are breathtakingly spurious. The absence of ANY sources for her 'facts' puts How Not To Wear Black up there with tabloid-newspaper astrology.
Besides her deft handling of 'science' to justify her position, Standish is infuriatingly presumptuous about her reader, and her proclamation about, for example, punk counterculture, demonstrates so little knowledge yet so much dismissive conservatism, it is toe-curlingly embarrassing. That 'How Not To Wear Black' was written by a woman gives me profound gender shame.
Worst of all, this waste of trees, water, energy, dye, glue, staples and whatever else makes a book, is frequently impossible to read so rich is it in typos, bad punctuation, and amateurish syntax. It is astonishingly poorly written.
I swear on my priceless collection of works on UFOs, Nostradamus, and little green men, that no competent editor or proofreader has touched How Not To Wear Black, and if Standish passed her English Language O Level, I will publicly eat this book.