Stusser interviews Beethoven, Napoleon, Churchill, Einstein,
Although many, if not most, of the interviews stress the sex lives of those answering the questions, with Stusser seeming to take particular delight in pointing out how many great figures of history were either homosexual or bisexual, some of the conversations do serve as good capsule histories. Unfortunately, because of the numerous sex jokes and the constant trading of insults between interviewer and interviewee, those conversations do not happen as often as they could have.
More typical is the way that the interviewer begins his session with Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Michael Stusser: Gotta ask about the facial hair. Why not trim up the old mono-brow and wax the ‘stache, you know?
Frida Kahlo: Yes, I now see this is going to be like sitting with a pig for an hour. Why don’t you shave your back?
But along the way we are reminded of Beethoven’s deafness, that Mozart may have suffered from Tourette’s syndrome, that only seven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published in her lifetime, and we learn how Harry Houdini (and Siegfried and Roy) made an elephant disappear on stage. Stusser provides the kind of historical trivia that puts a human face on history’s legends but the book is ultimately less a history lesson than it is a book filled with jokes written at the expense of those legends.
Rated at: 2.5
Review originally published at CurledUp.com