Published: New York : Broadway Books, c2010 Edition: 1st ed Description: 253 p. : ill. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780307716286 (trade), 0307716287 (trade), 0307716287 :, Language: English
"He's back: the curse of customer-service departments everywhere--Ted L. Nancy, the letter writer extraordinaire whose imbecillic queries have a way of eliciting equally idiotic answers from some of the world's biggest companies and dignitaries."--P.  of cover
submitted by Uncle Will on November 18, 2011, 9:24 pm
Posted on: 05/17/11
Some books are good on long trips. Some are better at bedtime. Others adorn coffee tables with little or nothing more to offer. A fair share get labeled as good bathroom reads. This book fits the latter category.
Comprised of about 250 "personal letters," this book is quite clever. It is reminiscent of the books penned back in the late '70's by Frank Novello writing as Lazlo Toth (The Lazlo Letters, Citizen Lazlo!, and From Bush to Bush). The author, Ted L. Nancy, is the pseudonym used by comedian Barry Marder.
Marder was a writer on the award winning "Seinfeld" TV series. This book's forward was written by Jerry Seinfeld, who for a while was rumored the "true identity" of the author for this series of books.
Marder's correspondence is referred to as prank letters. There are a variety of businesses, places, and people pranked. At times it is hard to determine what's funnier - the initial letters themselves or the actual responses.