September 2005

From AbFab To Zen: Papers Guide To Pop Culture

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abc Paper Magazine xyz has long been known as the arbiter of everything that is hip or cutting edge. They began in 1984 as a black-and-white fold-out poster which sold 50 cents. Some twenty odd years later, they can still be counted on to be first with the popular culture. abc From AbFab to Zen xyz is your guide to such figures as: Madonna, Jocelyne Wildenstein and Carrie Donovan.

According to abc Paper xyz here’s how we would define the following:

  • Spin Doctor - An expert, generally in politics or public relations
  • Hip Hop - Phenomena of rap, graffiti, break dancing, attitude and X-large clothes
  • Aromatherapy - The ancient art of using plants and flower essences to heal and soothe.
  • Phat - The 90 incarnation of "bad," as in good.
  • Supermodels - A new breed of models, whose larger-than-life personalities and omnipresence on magazine covers and runways earned them the title, "supermodel".

Wonderfully illustrated, this book uses these photos as a companion to their concise and easy to understand definitions. By the way, for those who are wondering, Carrie Donovan was the lady with the huge glasses in the Old Navy ads and Jocelyne Wildenstein is the New York socialite who has had so much plastic surgery that she now resembles a cat. abc From AbFab to Zen xyz will have you ready for trivial pursuit in no time!

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member