Book Review | Street Boners
Author: Gavin McInnes
About the Book:
Fifteen years after founding Vice, Gavin McInnes has poured his creative juices into a new endeavor: StreetCarnage.com. Growing in size and influence at an alarming rate, the site’s main feature is the new and improved version of Gavin’s “DOs and DON’Ts,” now tantalizingly called Street Boners.
These Boners have been polished and compounded into a book that takes the best of the site and adds hundreds more gems! With 1,312 photos, hilarious captions, and a harsh new rating system-from one to 10 kitten faces-STREET BONERS makes sure no glorious fashion statement goes unnoticed. Innocent citizens are either damned to hell or relentlessly exalted into heaven. Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, and Tim & Eric also contribute their scathing wit to the book, and the end result is a New York fashion bible no bathroom should be without.
Street Boners is fun. That’s really the best way to characterize this book. It’s not some great literary tour de force, but it does provide a respite from your daily life.
Gavin McInnes spent a lot — and I stress a lot — of time putting together 1,764 hipster fashion jokes to create Street Boners. This book is nicely put together and doesn’t skimp on production or content. Now, let’s get to the meat of Street Boners. Sorry.
First, let me state that I don’t really get the title (because we’re not solely looking for hot chicks, but mainly fashion dos and don’ts), but no worries. The only way this book won’t interest you is if you hate eye candy and laughing your ass off (McInnes words, not mine.) I don’t know about the laughing your ass off part, but it’s definitely amusing. The whole thing behind Street Boners is McInnes voice, which is always biting, sarcastic, and usually funny. I won’t say he always hits his mark, but he’s on his game for the most part.
That being said, sometimes his barbs are just I don’t know maybe over my head? Like this one: You can’t really beat a juxtaposition like New York black chick meets British aristocrat on a fox hunt. There’s also When women can hold their liquor better than you, it’s like finding a kilo of cocaine because it’s cool and fun but it’s also kind of worrying. Now I get his comment, but I just don’t see how it relates to the picture, which depicts a woman standing on the sidewalk by a pole. I don’t even know how we’re supposed to glean that she holds her liquor better than a man.
But then you get these gems side by side: It’s hard to see Uggs in summer and not picture ten slimy toes wriggling around like sardines in hot Vaseline and Dear Drag Queens, We know you see this and think, That looks fun. I’d like to try it, but here’s the rub. You are a dude. Only cute young girls can do this. That’s the whole point. That’s why you can overlook the occasional captions that you just don’t get.
You’re not going to get through this book in one sitting, as there’s just too much fabulousness to take in. But you sure won’t mind leaving Street Boners on your coffee table for all to peruse and point and laugh at. Definitely a keeper!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*