Friday, October 19, 2012

The Lazlo Letters

1977, Workman Publishing edition from later that year
Don Novello
The Lazlo Letters: The Amazing Real-Life Actual Correspondence of Lazlo Toth, American
Original price $2.95, purchase price $1.95
Worn paperback

Novello, best known as SNL's Father Guido Sarducci, assumed the identity of Mr. Toth, an earnest right-wing middle-aged man who loved writing to corporations, politicians, and a few celebrities, always eager to share his sometimes misspelled and rambling thoughts.  What's amazing is that Novello got sincere responses much of the time, even into the two sequels (which I also own).  The owner of the used bookstore I bought this at about 25 years ago wrote "Funny!" under the price.  It's more smiley funny than laughy funny, and I enjoy the political exchanges (mostly about Watergate) less than the ones that ask, for instance, why McDonald's will serve jelly with an Egg McMuffin but not with a Big Mac, or why Mr. Bubble says "KEEP DRY" on the label.

It's a quick read of course, so I'd recommend it if you come across it.  Just don't expect something to match the 5-star raves on Amazon.

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