Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
February 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Way Out West

Current Status
In Season
Jane Stern, Michael Stern
Comic Novels, Pop Culture

We gave it an A

You know the West has won (the trend war, anyway) when Jane and Michael Stern, authors of The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, tip their Stetsons to the subject. From Western style (what to do when hat-head strikes) to where to find the best chili when the rodeo’s tuckered you out, the Sterns have turned their inimitable appreciation for the finer, campier things in life into a riotous read. Somewhere in Way Out West, between the photograph of the World’s Most Educated Steer, the lyrics to ”Old Paint,” and the recipe for refritos, you’ll stop making fun and start plotting your trail to the nearest Western watering hole. A

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