Obscurity Knocks

Earnest, empathetic, industrious, unpretentious, gay Virgo in Milwaukee with a great life, amazing friends, and a wonderful family.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gunn's Golden Rules

My birthday was in mid-September. My favorite gift this year was a package that arrived at my office from my friend Lauren which contained an autographed copy of Tim Gunn's book, "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons For Making It Work." You can see what Tim wrote in the photo above. Needless to say, I was thrilled with this gift.

Tim's book is not a major literary accomplishment, but it's not mean to be. Instead, it's a fun and quick read that's full of interesting stories and fun advice. Tim has a great way of pointing out the absurd behavior of certain celebrities by just writing about the facts and allowing the reader to draw his or her own opinion on the matter. He does that effectively with Anna Wintour and Isaac Mizrahi. There's also a hilarious story about how Tim might have seen J. Edgar Hoover dressed up as Vivian Vance in his childhood. I especially enjoyed his make it work recounting of his involvement with the White House Christmas tree during the Carter administration.

Tim isn't afraid to tell it like it is, yet he remains respectful. A great read for any "Project Runway" fan. Thanks so much, Lauren! 9 of 10.


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