Henry Owings | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Rest assured, some band or album you love is savaged in The Overrated Book (Last Gasp). Chunklet editor and publisher Henry Owings ("chafing America's ass since 1992") has culled a collection of writings from past issues of the zine to haze indie filmmakers (Guy Maddin is a "pompous, self-important jerk-off"), actors, records (London Calling? Ouch!), and musicians (Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen: "So he had one arm, big fuckin' deal"). The vitriol can be extremely sophomoric (I mean in a good way), and there are some nice essays on topics such as why it sucks to be in a band and what a skank Winona Ryder is. The Overrated Book is self-righteous, snarky, and smug--and therein lies the fun. Ultimate message: hey, don't take yourself--or your band, or a band you like--too seriously. The many typos and misspellings only add to the charm. a Thu 8/10, 7 PM, Quimby's, 1854 W. North, 773-342-0910.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Ryan Russell.

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