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If Flusser, then WHICH Flusser?


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Dec 25, 2007
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Yes, I know that Alan Flusser doesn't seem to know how to dress himself. And no, I don't want to touch off a round of attacks on the way he presents himself in public.

I just want to know this: Which of his books is the best of the lot? I'm sure there's a lot of repetition from one to the other, so I'm wondering if anyone here has read more than one (or has at least taken a careful look at more than one) and would like to recommend it above the others. Here are the ones I know of:

Dressing the Man
Style and the Man
Clothes and the Man (Highest rated by Amazon reviewers)
Chico and the Man (Jus' messin' witcha)
Making the Man (Selling used on Amazon for -- I am not making this up -- $160!)


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Mar 22, 2008
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I've only read Style and the Man. Here's Manton's take from another thread:
"2) The first two books are written in a different style than the last two. The first book is very breezy and conversational. The second (his best, IMO) is very matter-of-fact. It is also richly informative. It is only with SatM that the new Flusser "style" appears. It goes into overdrive in DtM. I think it is because I had more or less committed CatM to memory by the time SatM came out that I never accepted the latter as Flusser's "style." If either of the latter two books are your gateway to Flusser, you will be put off, I agree. But CatM just does not read that way. When I think of Flusser, I think of that book."

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