Odd Jobs Betty Lyons smells armpits; the "odor judge" is seen sternly sniffing a shirtless man's underarm on the cover of photographer Schiff's "portraits of unusual occupations."… Odd Jobs Betty Lyons smells armpits; the "odor judge" is seen sternly sniffing a shirtless man's underarm on the cover of photographer Schiff's "portraits of unusual occupations."… Nonfiction
Book Review

ODD JOBS (2014)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Writer: Nancy Rica Schiff; Genre: Nonfiction

Betty Lyons smells armpits; the ''odor judge'' is seen sternly sniffing a shirtless man's underarm on the cover of photographer Schiff's ''portraits of unusual occupations.'' Jennifer Kelley is a knife thrower's assistant; she lived to tell the tale after her boss outlined her frame with eight steel hatchets in 30 seconds. Jeffrey Bleim dives for sunken golf balls; at least he makes roughly $60,000 a year for his trouble. They're tough jobs but somebody's got to do them. Schiff's choices can be sophomoric -- see the semen wrangler and the artificial inseminator, the Porta Potti serviceman and the pooper scooper, the male tampon tester and the female men's room attendant -- but she did spend 12 years all over the country compiling this smiley little book. Perhaps hers was the oddest job of all.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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