Title: Jackass Letters: Archive Volume 1
Genre: Currently #1947 in Best Seller’s Rank in Books, Humor & Entertainment, Humor
Publisher: Runamok Books
Publication Date: February 2017
Jackass Letters: Archive Volume 1 – Cover–Where is the Jackass?
This little book is not a novel–no–it’s a collection of letters. (Bathroom reader?)
Is nothing sacred? Apparently not in Christopher L Jorgensen’s world and he’s quick to prove it in his “Jackass Letters: Archive Volume 1.” The book is a collection of letters composed by the author to most everyone you can think of, from corporate heads, to heads of state, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, London and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Italy.
You are probably thinking, well, “Jackass Letters” kinda gives it away doesn’t it? And that’s the whole point. These were never intended as serious correspondence and numerous of his recipients obviously “got it.” Many, armed with serious tongue-in-cheek themselves, fired back their own missives included in the book to a fine degree of entertainment. (Too bad there weren’t more.)
So who took themselves most seriously? Was it the celebrities who bared the brunt of his hoax or the politicians? (I’ve been sworn to secrecy and can’t tell!) Beginning in 2008, Mr. Jorgensen amused himself with writing prank letters! From the fun to the profane, no one is off-limits and that also means language isn’t particularly reined in to avoid tasteless, insensitive overload.
It’s amazing that letters to commercial product corporations resulted in his many times receiving either freebies or coupons. More of us should get into letter writing campaigns again instead of tweeting our dissatisfaction, which apparently is too easily missed or ignored. A written letter may not go into a round file before someone reads it. Requests for autographed pictures? Fulfilled!
Are the letters tasteless, bordering on rude, socially unacceptable, politically incorrect? Of course! These are ideas few could conjure–much less set them to print. For instance, Alpo totally took seriously his inquiry about providing a human consumption level Alpo–“Alpo for Senior Citizens.” Possibly the best reply was by Avery’s Beverages of New Britain, Connecticut regarding Kitty Piddle Soda. (Yes, Kitty Piddle Soda–see what I mean?) Absolutely hilarious.
It’s a fast read! I received an ARC from NetGalley of this book (thank you!) in exchange for a fair review. Something totally different for me and probably not for the easily offended. Still, you may enjoy it.
Rosepoint Publishing: Four of Five Stars
The Author: Christopher L Jorgensen stopped trying to figure life out and instead decided to focus on humor–wherever he could find it. There is little in which he cannot find the funny part. He enjoys puppetry, dark humor (no duh!), and time travel (where is he now?). If you take umbrage to any of his letters, you are free to write him about it. He would no doubt find that pretty funny as well: P O Box 546, Ames, IA 50010. “©2017 Virginia Williams