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Canetti and Nietzsche
Harriet Murphy
0791431347
Dec 1996
Paperback
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The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill
James C. Humes, Richard M. Nixon
0060925779
January 25, 1995
Paperback
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Book Description

An extremely entertaining compendium of bon mots, anecdotes, and trivia about Winston Churchill from a leading Churchill lecturer and performer -- useful for speakers, students, of history, and World War II buffs, as well as general readers.

About the Author

James C. Humes is a lawyer and public speaker who has served in the White House, the State Department and the state legislature. He has written speeches for corporate executives, governors, senators and five U.S. presidents.



I'm with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. Ten thousand Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up
Gene Weingarten
0743244206
January 2004
Hardcover
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Dave Barry
Original, hilarious, brilliant...For women, it offers invaluable insights into meaningful communication in a relationship. For men: Fart jokes!

Fay Weldon
Very, very funny. And terrifyingly clever.

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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Bobby Henderson
0812976568
March 2006
Paperback
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From Scientific American
An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old "out-of-work physics major," puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny.

EDITORS OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Book Description
CAN I GET A “RAMEN” FROM THE CONGREGATION?!

Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson,...



Linguistic Theories of Humor
Salvatore Attardo
3110142554
June 1994
Hardcover
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The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management
Jerry B. Harvey
0787902772
August 23, 1996
Paperback
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Review
"Harvey's meditations are a joy. They are the most exquisite essays on management that I've read in over a decade. In fact, this is the only book about management that I've really loved." —Warren Bennis, coauthor of Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge and author of Why Leaders Can't Lead

"Jerry Harvey has become a legAnd in his own time with the success of The Abilene Paradox--a principle of group behavior that has application in corporations, government, academia, and family alike. Now he takes aim at a host of other sacred organizational norms and, in succession, dismantles each. You'll smile at his insight and laugh at his wit." —Kenneth H. Blanchard, coauthor of The One-Minute Manager

Book Description
Faulty decision-making can have dire consequences, and...



The Third Policeman
Flann O'Brien
156478214X
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
A comic trip through hell in Ireland, as told by a murderer, The Third Policeman is another inspired bit of confusing and comic lunacy from the warped imagination and lovably demented pen of Flann O'Brien, author of At Swim-Two-Birds. There's even a small chance you'll figure out what's going on if you read the publisher's note that appears on the last page. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Fiction. The last of O'Brien's novels to be published and now reissued by Dalkey Archive, THE THIRD POLICEMAN is Flann O'Brien's brilliant comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botche d robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police...


The Game of Humor
Charles R. Gruner
0765806592
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Jennings Bryant, director, Institute for Communication Research, The University of Alabama
"Joining the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Hobbes, Charles Gruner proposes a new superiority theory of humor. Gruner makes a major contribution in extending the conceptualization of humor to that of a participatory game in which there are clear winners or losers. Teachers will find that this book strikes many responsive chords, because Gruner shares a lifetime of personal experience in teaching with and about humor. For years pundits have claimed that humor dies when placed under the scalpel of scholarly inquiry. They obviously have not read Charles R. Gruner's The Game of Humor. Enlivened by a lifetime of amusing anecdotes and an integrated collection of jokes from throughout the ages, this extension of superiority theories is both...


The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)
Paul Watzlawick
0393310213
July 1993
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Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
Sigmund Freud, et al
0393001458
June 1963
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


The Systems Bible
John Gall
0961825170
Jan 2003
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Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
Inga Muscio
1580050751
October 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Somewhere between Valerie Solanas's bitter SCUM Manifesto and Eve Ensler's fanciful The Vagina Monologues lies this self-indulgent exercise in feminist reclamation. Striving to remove the negative connotations from a word usually used as a scathing insult, Muscio traces the history of the term "cunt" and asserts that it was once a term of respect before the patriarchy turned it into a profane, misogynistic epithet. This transformation, she insists, occurred as part of a conspiracy to make women feel a sense of self-loathing and uncleanness; only by reconnecting with love for their genitalia can women achieve personal and political power. Muscio muddles her work with rambling digressions, including those about utilizing sea sponges instead of tampons during menstruation, using herbal tea and visualization in order...


Humor Theory
Igor Krichtafovitch
1598002228
Feb 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
At last, the resution of eternal puzzle: WHY PEOPLE LAUGH.Igor Krichtafovitch discovered a formula of laughter. As it turned out, humor is a weapon.Humor is a bloodless verbal fight aiming to raise your status and strengthen your position. Even a friendly banter is a sort of intellectual clash, a kind of training before serious battles. In fact, we try to figure out who's the boss in the family when we poke fun at our loved ones. "If laughter is akin to aggression, why women have a liking for jesters?""A sense of humor is a strong male quality. It is a sign of good intellect. Evolution stakes precisely on the intellect since a smart fellow has more chances of survival. That is why a sense of humor can be a much bigger sign of masculinity than the pumped-up muscles".

About the...


A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-Century Art Forms
Linda Hutcheon
0252069382
October 2000
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Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge: A Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again
Will Pearson (Editor)
0060568062
April 2004
Paperback
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Chicago Tribune
"For the discerning intellect, Mental Floss cleans out the cobwebs."

Newsweek
"A lot like that professor of your who peppered his tests with raunchy jokes: it makes learning fun."

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The Basic Humor Process
Robert L. Latta
3110161036
Oct 1998
Hardcover
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The American Presidency (The Real Story Series)
Gore Vidal
1878825151
September 1998
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
If Vidal (The Smithsonian Institution, 1998, etc.) isn't the last wild man remaining in the American literary left, then it's hard to say who is. At any rate, this little volume will certainly add to the novelist's reputation in that role. In fact, the book looks like something that Vidal dashed off on his coffee break. Consisting of the text of a three-part British TV series, with a brief afterword added, its an extremely condensed thumbnail history of the institution of the presidency, from its almost accidental beginnings in the aftermath of the Revolution to the offices present-day decay into what Vidal gleefully dismisses as a glorified broadcasting job. ``Currently, the American empire is governed not from the Oval Office, but from the White House TV studio,'' he opines, a statement that recent events have...


Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
Mark Strand (Editor)
0393321789
April 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The Making of a Poem is among the best how-to-read-poetry titles. Edited by two of our greatest living poets, one Irish and female, the other American and male, it is both an exploration of poetic forms and an anthology. Eavan Boland and Mark Strand each offer an introduction and then give us a series of chapters devoted to particular verse forms--the sonnet, the ballad, the sestina, the villanelle, blank verse, the stanza--as well as a long section devoted to what they somewhat vaguely call shaping forms. This refers to poetic structures established not by a specific rhyme and/or metrical pattern but by content: the elegy, for example, or the pastoral or ode. The book then concludes with a section on open forms. Each chapter is conveniently subdivided, each topic simply defined: a single page gives "The Ballad ...


The Dancing Wu Li Masters
Gary Zukav
0060959681
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
At an Esalen Institute meeting in 1976, tai chi master Al Huang said that the Chinese word for physics is Wu Li, "patterns of organic energy." Journalist Gary Zukav and the others present developed the idea of physics as the dance of the Wu Li Masters--the teachers of physical essence. Zukav explains the concept further:

The Wu Li Master dances with his student. The Wu Li Master does not teach, but the student learns. The Wu Li Master always begins at the center, the heart of the matter.... This book deals not with knowledge, which is always past tense anyway, but with imagination, which is physics come alive, which is Wu Li.... Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. Some physicists even believe that, but the Wu Li Masters know that they are only dancing with it.

The "new...



Crazy Salad : Some Things About Women (Modern Library Humor and Wit)
Nora Ephron
0679640355
May 30, 2000
Paperback
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Review
"Funny, shrewd, devastating."--Newsweek

"A woman for all seasons, tender and tough in just the right proportions."--The New York Times

"Always funny."--Mademoiselle

"Pure delight."--Playboy

Review
"Funny, shrewd, devastating."--Newsweek

"A woman for all seasons, tender and tough in just the right proportions."--The New York Times

"Always funny."--Mademoiselle

"Pure delight."--Playboy

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101 Things to Do Before You Die
Richard Horne
1582344930
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
If you have the courage to undertake them, these 101 things will change your life.

Learn to fly a plane, go on a demonstration, meet your idol, milk a cow-there are a million things to do before you die, but only a hundred and one will change the way you live life now. 101 Things to Do Before You Die is an essential companion for anyone who wants to enjoy life as it races by. Stay in a five-star hotel, swim with sharks, study the Kama Sutra and put theory into practice-101 Things to Do Before You Die is about testing the limits of your freedom, taking some risks, and making your dreams come true. Entertaining and graphically arresting, and featuring checklists, cards to cut out and keep with you, and journal space to keep track of your 101 things as you experience them, this is the perfect book to help you or...


The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating
Stephen Potter
1559212233
May 1998
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Humorous Texts: A Semantic and Pragmatic Analysis (Humor Research, 6) (Humor Research, 6)
Salvatore Attardo
311017068X
June 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book presents a theory of long humorous texts based on a revision and an upgrade of the General Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH), a decade after its first proposal. The theory is informed by current research in psycholinguistics and cognitive science. It is predicated on the fact that there are humorous mechanisms in long texts that have no counterpart in jokes. The book includes a number of case studies, among them Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Allais’ story Han Rybeck. A ground-breaking discussion of the quantitative distribution of humor in select texts is presented.


We're Just like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
Celia Rivenbark
031231244X
February 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After winning Southern women's hearts with her SEBA bestseller Bless Your Heart, Tramp in 2000, Rivenbark has penned a new-and equally sidesplitting-collection of essays, offering Northern and Southern sisters alike a woman's "take on those irksome little yuks in daily life." Although she warns certain readers (Yankees, namely) that they may need a Southern lexicon to decipher her folksy, down-home prose style, Rivenbark's focus on familiar topics like family, relationships and child rearing should appeal to most females, regardless of geography or age. Marked by a feisty, sarcastic tone and tempered with plenty of cries of "yoo hoo" and "Well, shit," even chapter titles (e.g., "Stop Watching Your Plasma TV and Start Selling Your Plasma: How to Become Honest-to-Jesus White Trash" and "Here Comes the Bride: Let's...


Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times
Geoffrey Nunberg
1586483455
June 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
Geoffrey Nunberg can make one quite self conscious to write even a simple sentence. And yes, that is a compliment. A regular language commentator on NPR's Fresh Air, Nunberg examines the curious ways in which the modern language expresses far more about history, politics, and culture than most casual English users would ever realize. Going Nucular, besides having one of the more whimsical titles to come along in a while, offers up scores of chapters, each examining specific words, phrases, or verbal tendencies. And while words like "terrorism", "fascism", "appeasement", and "Caucasian" (and even the hapless "like" and "ain't") are tossed about regularly in contemporary usage, achieving an understanding of their origin and evolution can serve to better explain not just the word but the issue to which it is attached. Other...


Xen: Ancient English
D. J. Solomon
0976066009
November 1, 2004
Paperback
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Wilmington Star-News, March 20, 2005, Ben Steelman
"A satirical science fiction allegory, where the weather's mastered and the battle of the sexes has been settled for good."

Book Description
Xen is the tale of misanthropic scientist Pawkey Seneschal, his struggle to overcome his--and all of mankind's--innate xenophobia.

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