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The Lowbrow Reader Reader
The Lowbrow Reader Reader

The Lowbrow Reader Reader

Edited by Jay Ruttenberg


297 Pages, 6.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9781937112042

Rights: US & CA

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This collection gathers together the best writing and drawings from the first eight issues of the Lowbrow Reader, a lushly illustrated comedy journal published in New York since 2001, along with brand new material. The book features bizarre encounters with Muhammad Ali, the White Stripes, and Jackie Mason; a rip-roaring interview about sex with Mo’Nique and Queens of the Stone Age; the definitive account of Billy Madison; and an illustrated guide to America’s CEO dilemma with words from John Waters, Patton Oswalt, George Saunders, and Randy Newman. Contributors include Shelley Berman from Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Berman from the Silver Jews, Gilbert Rogin from the New Yorker, Neil Michael Hagerty from the Howling Hex, and the late singer Lee Hazlewood.


“A smart little journal about what’s sometimes perceived as dumb humor . . . it feels like a steal.”  —Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Excellent and actually quite high-minded”  —Village Voice

“The killer zine about comedy to end all killer zines about comedy.”  —Comics Journal

Author Biography

Jay Ruttenberg has written for Details, the New York Times, Spin, Time Out New York, and Vibe. He lives in New York City.