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Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors (edition 2012)

by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein

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Member:LitClique
Title:Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors
Authors:Fred Armisen
Other authors:Carrie Brownstein
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:read2012, humor, parody, tv

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Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors by Fred Armisen

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Alright, so first off, don't read this book unless you watched the show. It's honestly not going to make any sense otherwise. Secondly, it's a "guide book" for the city "Portlandia," so it's also not going to have funny stories, it's going to reference generally most things they have done on the show.

With that said and done, Portlandia (the show and this particular guidebook) is something that can come across hilarious, strange, and weirdly sad. It's one of the more culturally and socially in-tuned comedy shows I have seen in a long while, with a closer focus on the real-life city of Portland, Oregon. They take what already exists and make it a bit more extreme or exaggerated. It's guaranteed that even if you don't see in specifically in Portland, you're bound to find hints of it in most major cities. There is also a lot of, what most people refer to as a general category at this point, "hipster" references made, although you have to understand that the hipster genre is so standard and generalized. The name has transformed, twisted, and distorted into something it never was, and now is something that isn't really anything at all. However, if you want, it's almost perfectly applicable to put this under a "hipster" type category.

It's a fictional non-fiction. It's a non-fiction guide book about a "fictional" town (that's based on a non-fiction town and it's non-fiction name, but this specific name is fiction). The fiction stems from non-fiction. The stories are truths with grains of non-truths. Everything is exaggerated that it's not real, but it is still very real. I think you know what you're getting into. ( )
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