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Tales of a Post-Grad Nothing

Friday, August 03, 2007

James Lee Burke is the New Dan Brown

I love everything about this subway ad:



* Presence of extra manly cowboy hat: Check
* Author who looks like the kind of guy who'd give hearty handshakes and say ridiculous things like "I knows my way around some barbecue now:" Check
* Blurb from Entertainment Weekly that compares cowboy-hatted author to someone I've never heard of: Check
* Book that is as giant as the author's entire torso: Check
* Tagline that's impossible to read without hearing the movie trailer guy voice in your head, adding an extra dun, dun, duuuuuuuuuuuun! at the end in place of the elipses: Check

Also, isn't mentioning the real post-Katrina storm while we're still in the middle of cleaning up the New Orleans area kind of like telling Holocaust victims "you haven't seen the real tragedy yet [dun, dun, duuuuuuuuuun]?" My favorite part of the ad, which you can't really see from my grainy cell phone camera work there, is the cover of the book which features a man playing saxophone with what looks like a burst of flames behind him. Awesome. Play on man, even if the Titanic sinks and the entire town burns to the ground behind you. Play on.

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At 1:19 PM, Blogger /\ said...

i guess i have to say i'm impressed with his word play. i mean, KATRINA = STORM. i LIKE this formula. here are some potential sequels:

DARFUR IS OVER. BUT THE RAPING HAS JUST BEGUN.

THE 80S ARE OVER. BUT THE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN.

MY DATE IS OVER. BUT THE HERPES HAS JUST BEGUN.

 

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