Last Call – Bathroom Reading Edition

Gives new meaning to "Hop Up."

With all those hours spent reading magazines, he could have finished War and Peace in that time. But where’s the fun in that?
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25 responses to “Last Call – Bathroom Reading Edition”

  1. NMUSpidey Avatar

    That is a totally awesome bathroom setup. On the other hand, I would have nightmares about keeping it clean…

  2. longrooffan Avatar

    I can't help but notice there is no Hemmings Motor News in that collection….is there a laptop around?

  3. Maymar Avatar

    I must've missed the chapter in War & Peace on the ten best modifications for a Buick Nailhead.

  4. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    One of these days we'll give away a couple of our review books.

  5. dwegmull Avatar

    Al Bundy called: he wants his man bathroom back.

  6. Black Steelies Avatar

    I bet there used to be a bathtub where that magazine rack is. But who keeps their hot rod mags in a tub?

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      The same people who keep their gasoline in beer kegs.and their 392's in Model T's while driving from a seat created from a bucket. Hot rodding boils down to creatively repurposing containers.

  7. buzzboy7 Avatar

    Los Straightjackets, nice

  8. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    Semi-off topic question of the evening:
    Has anyone here got the Standard Catalog of American Cars (any era)? I have the Encyclopedia of American Cars already, but from what I can gather SCAC is substantially more comprehensive (with scattered errors and omissions, although I'm not sure if those are more or less). What are your opinions on it/them? Does the muscle car specific volume include any information the standard grouped-by-year editions leave out?

    1. tonyola Avatar

      The first volume of the SCAC (1805-1942) is an astounding reference with the stories of thousands of early makes and attempts at makes. Think of it as a testament to the people trying to build a brand new industry from scratch, plus it's endlessly entertaining. The later volumes, while chock full of detailed data, are not much fun to casually read and don't provide a lot of overall history or context. By the Encyclopedia of American Cars I assume you mean the one by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. It's the same outfit that has produced Collectible Automobile magazine since 1984. While its hard data is much less comprehensive than the SCAC, the Encyclopedia is much more readable and provides fairly detailed histories of the makes, including the people involved, historical importance, company policies, successes, and failures.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        I agree. I have that one, the 1946-75 and 1976-85 editions, along with the truck and imported car editions.

        1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

          Thanks, both of you.
          I'm more looking for the 'full of detailed data'. It's very hoony of you to critique books with 'Catalog' and 'Encyclopedia' in the title on their strength as casual reading material. I have read EoAC cover to cover, and it was entertaining, but the 'one big long story per manufacturer' layout makes it difficult to find information on the history of individual models.
          This is all I can find for the inside of SCAC. Yes; looks like more referencing, less reading.

  9. coupeZ600 Avatar

    A long time ago, I decided I was going to force my way through "War and Peace" and went to my local used-bookseller to get a copy. He steered me towards a version he had just gotten, and the coolest thing about it (or any other book I'd ever seen) was that it came with a 3-4 page bookmark that had a bunch of maps with specific locations in bold and a had a chapter by chapter guide that for example said:
    Chapter 14: This is where Cpt. Whosethehellovich, who was the guy who was trying to get into the pants of Madame Waitwhoisthisanov (see Chapter 6) comes back from the Battle of Moscow and might be wanting to join forces with Pietr Ihavenoideasky (Chapter 9). Coolest bookmark in the history of ever.
    So I get about half-way through (thanks in great part to the bookmark), and was really getting into it when a very well-read friend comes up and asks to see the book.
    "Hah! Just as I expected, the abridged version (showing me the spine and the horrible word). You can't say you've read War and Peace if you've read the abridged version, it's like you watched it on TV!"
    Crushed by the prospect of having to start all over, I put it down.
    Many years later he admitted that he knew because that was his book, and before he sold it he seriously considered keeping the bookmark, because he never finished it either.

    1. skitter Avatar

      I'm long over forcing myself to read things outside my taste or ability, unless guilt-tripped with a gift or loan. Spare yourself torture just "to say you've read it", and find something worthwhile.

      1. coupeZ600 Avatar

        I made it about ten pages into the "Ulysses" by James Joyce only because I heard people expound on how great it was. Otherwise I probably would have quit on the second page. Utterly unreadable.
        People who claim to have finished it only say that because they know nobody else did either, and won't be able to call them on it.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          I set out to read a bunch of the "the classics" about 10-12 years ago, and it was a mixed bag. Candide and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich were mindblowers. I enjoyed Moby Dick enough that I went on to read Melville's Billy Budd.
          …Then I got to Wolf Solent. I tried to read it multiple times. I really did try. But after four attempts, I'd yet to get past the first 80 pages and gave up.

    2. bzr Avatar

      Like anything by Proust, it's one of those books you read on the subway with the cover upright and thoroughly visible.

  10. B72 Avatar

    That looks like the bathroom of a man with no woman in his life. Or at least with no woman in his bathroom.

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      Looks like a shop restroom, not the main restroom in the residence.

  11. dukeisduke Avatar

    I especially like the pictures of the gassers and the old dragster.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Just watch out for skid marks.

  12. Alff Avatar

    The reason I've always called a particular publication "Dump Week". Thanks to its brevity, one can normally get through a whole issue in a single sitting.

  13. joshuman Avatar

    Speaking of which…

  14. PFG Avatar

    "Man Bathroom?" Toilet seat is in the down position, so I'm not convinced. Only one way to know for sure: how does the paper roll feed, from the top or from the bottom?

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