National Lampoon’s Big Book of Love

A new book, National Lampoon’s Big Book of Love, just hit the bookstores (on- and off-line) recently and I was able to procure a copy. I was ready to be disappointed, but, lo and behold, it is actually quite a worthy collection. In fact, this 200-odd-page volume contains most of the articles people are always bugging me to track down for them, such as My Penis and My Vagina, First Blow-Job, Nancy Reagan’s Dating Dos and Don’ts, How to Talk Dirty in Esperanto, Third Base Magazine, Obligatory Sex Scenes, and many other classics that have been forgotten. Many of the best past National Lampoon contributors are represented, including Doug Kenney, Henry Beard, Michael O’Donoghue, Anne Beatts, P.J. O’Rourke, Tony Hendra, John Boni, John Weidman, Shary Flenniken, Ed Subitzky, William S. Burroughs and Terry Southern (believe it or not), Jeff Greenfield, Emily Prager, and more. It contains some new material, as well, written by the gang (Scott Rubin, Sean Crespo, Mason Brown, Steve Brykman, Joe Osterie, and others), and, for the most part, it holds its own along side the classic material. The design and layout of the new material and reformatting of some of the older material is a bit lacking, but, inspite of it, the collection is well worth the $20 price for fans of NatLamp‘s heyday. Let’s hope there’s more to come.