The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer (2004) Eric Hansen has done things worthy of awe and jealousy. He has trekked through the forests of Borneo, tripped on the drug kava with the… 2004-10-12 Nonfiction Pantheon
Book Review

The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; Writer: Eric Hansen; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Pantheon

Eric Hansen has done things worthy of awe and jealousy. He has trekked through the forests of Borneo, tripped on the drug kava with the native tribes of Vanuatu, had sex on the beach with a beautiful woman between attempts to smuggle dried fish into Sri Lanka. And when he sticks to these entertaining yarns, this collection is a riot. Unfortunately, the stories get progressively more tiresome (the title entry reveals that strippers are — my stars! — experts at telling you what you want to hear). The experience of reading The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer is a bit like being cornered by a witty dinner guest with bad breath: The conversation may be lovely, but he wears out his welcome rather quickly.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints