UN­CLE DYS­FUNC­TIONAL

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - LM

by A.A. Gill, Allen & Un­win.

Ad­vice colum­nist Un­cle Dys­func­tional was the al­ter ego of the late, bril­liant writer A.A. Gill. In this col­lec­tion from Bri­tish Esquire mag­a­zine, he’s dev­as­tat­ingly ar­tic­u­late. To the woman who’s turned off in bed by her boyfriend’s posh ac­cent, he sym­pa­thises that while use­ful for, “or­der­ing thou­sands of oiks to cer­tain death”, it is “the most pre­pos­ter­ous voice when naked”, and ad­vises her to shove a pil­low in his mouth – “It will re­mind him of school”. To the chap who writes, “No­body un­der­stands me”, he replies, “What?” This is a trove of great hu­mour. He cites the women’s move­ment as the best thing that’s hap­pened to men, and his fash­ion ad­vice states: “The worst-dressed man in any room is the one who won’t or­der spaghetti be­cause he’s got an Her­mès tie on.”

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