Because I Tell a Joke or Two

Comedy, Politics and Social Difference

Author: Stephen Wagg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134794339

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 9562

Because I Tell a Joke or Two explores the complex relationship between comedy and the social differences of class, region, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationhood. It shows how comedy has been used to sustain, challenge and to change power relationships in society. The contributors, who include Stephen Wagg, Mark Simpson, Stephen Small, Paul Wells and Frances Williams, offer readings of comedy genres, texts and performers in Britain, the United States and Australia. The collection also includes an interview with the comedian Jo Brand. Topics addressed include: * women in British comedies such as Butterflies and Fawlty Towers * the life and times of Viz, from Billy the Fish to the Fat Slags * queer readings of Morecambe and Wise, the male double act * the Marx brothers and Jewish comedy in the United States * black radical comedy in Britain * The Golden Girls, Cheers, Friends and American society.

Fiction Across Borders

Imagining the Lives of Others in Late-Twentieth-Century Novels

Author: Shameem Black

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520611

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

View: 6026

Theorists of Orientalism and postcolonialism argue that novelists betray political and cultural anxieties when characterizing "the Other." Shameem Black takes a different stance. Turning a fresh eye toward several key contemporary novelists, she reveals how "border-crossing" fiction represents socially diverse groups without resorting to stereotype, idealization, or other forms of imaginative constraint. Focusing on the work of J. M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ruth Ozeki, Charles Johnson, Gish Jen, and Rupa Bajwa, Black introduces an interpretative lens that captures the ways in which these authors envision an ethics of representing social difference. They not only offer sympathetic portrayals of the lives of others but also detail the processes of imagining social difference. Whether depicting the multilingual worlds of South and Southeast Asia, the exportation of American culture abroad, or the racial tension of postapartheid South Africa, these transcultural representations explore social and political hierarchies in constructive ways. Boldly confronting the orthodoxies of recent literary criticism, Fiction Across Borders builds upon such seminal works as Edward Said's Orientalism and offers a provocative new study of the late twentieth-century novel.

In the Pit with Piper

Author: Rowdy Roddy Piper,Robert Picarello

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440673290

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 673

Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the greatest wrestlers ever—Rowdy Roddy Piper. The bagpipe-playing legend gets down and dirty about the world of professional wrestling—and his own career.

Killing O'Reilly

A Parody

Author: Courtney Bowman,Nicholas Bowman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101911832

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3819

A death-defying, more or less historically accurate parody of Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling Killing series, from one of the writers of the Harvard Lampoon’s Nightlight and one other red-blooded American. Infamous conservative TV personality, newspaper columnist, and Great American Educator Bill O'Reilly has killed off Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus, and Patton in his bestselling history series. But the everyman from Levittown is hardly done: herein, Vintage Shorts presents the next batch of deaths by O’Reilly. Witness the lives and untimely ends of American heroes like Ronald Reagan and Albus Dumbledore, and villains from Hitler and bin Laden to Stewart and Colbert. God bless America and Benghazi conspiracies. An eBook short.

A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

Author: Matt Blackstone

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9781429969697

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 5370

Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he's nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7 + 4 + 2 = 13), or washes his body parts in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will break a bone, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie. Rene's new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but that's not as easy as Gio makes it sound.

Excelsior, You Fathead!

The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd

Author: Eugene B. Bergmann

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476848815

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

View: 7534

(Applause Books). Jean Shepherd (1921-1999), master humorist, is best known for his creation A Christmas Story , the popular movie about the child who wants a BB gun for Christmas and nearly shoots his eye out. What else did Shepherd do? He is considered by many to be the Mark Twain and James Thurber of his day. For many thousands of fans, for decades, "Shep" talked on the radio late at night, keeping them up way past their bedtimes. He entertained without a script, improvising like a jazz musician, on any and every subject you can imagine. He invented and remains the master of talk radio. Shepherd perpetrated one of the great literary hoaxes of all time, promoting a nonexistent book and author, and then brought the book into existence. He wrote 23 short stories for Playboy , four times winning their humor of the year award, and also interviewed the Beatles for the magazine. He authored several popular books of humor and satire, created several television series and acted in several plays. He is the model for the character played by Jason Robards in the play and movie A Thousand Clowns , as well as the inspiration for the Shel Silverstein song made famous by Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue." Readers will learn the significance of innumerable Shepherd words and phrases, such as "Excelsior, you fathead," and observe his constant confrontations with the America he loved. They will get to know and understand this multitalented genius by peeking behind the wall he built for himself a wall to hide a different and less agreeable persona. Through interviews with his friends, co-workers and creative associates, such as musician David Amram, cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer, publisher and broadcaster Paul Krassner, and author Norman Mailer, the book explains a complex and unique genius of our time. "Shepherd pretty much invented talk radio ... What I got of him was a wonder at the world one man could create. I am as awed now by his achievement as I was then." Richard Corliss, Time magazine online

Speak Up Speak Out

Author: Caps Vancouver

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412009278

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

View: 6829

Speak up Speak Out - A new book for the speaking professional, presented by CAPS, Vancouver Chapter. CAPS Vancouver chapter has brought together 14 of Canada's leading speakers to present 'Speak up Speak out', a book offering down to earth advice and tips on running and developing a professional speaking business. For the seasoned professional or novice speaker, the book is Jam-packed with "how to's on all topics regarding the speaking profession, something can be learned from every chapter. An easy read, 'Speak up Speak out' is a book for both the avid and casual reader, whatever your preference, reading cover to cover or just picking out individual chapters of interest, there's something in it for everyone. Easily slipped into a briefcase, it's a resource that can travel with you. Flowing seamlessly from beginning to end, the authors offer the benefit of their experience, from managing a speaking business, to marketing and selling your services. There are over 50 platform tips, how to add stories, ideas on how speakers use the Internet, the physical and mantal prep as well as moving from training to keynotes and much, much more. The business of speaking is about entertaining the audience as much as imparting information. A little levity can go a long way to enhancing the success of a presentation. For a talented few, humour comes naturally, the rest of us have to work on it. David Granirer shows how stand up comedy can be used to captivate your audience. After reading this chapter you could have them rolling in the aisles. How many speakers talk about writing a book, but never quite get round to it? Best selling author Frances McGuckin shows how. Frances goes through the stages from concept to publishing and marketing your masterpiece. Whether to self publish or use a publishing house. The value of the information offered by this talented group of authors is incalculable. This book puts their experience and expertise within the grasp of us all, whenever we may need it.

Codename: Lehi

The Autobiography of Jonathan Daniel Beckmon

Author: Jon Beckmon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469114585

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 359

View: 2544

This book is the condensed version of my life. It contains the things I can remember most about what has occurred in my life. It is in effect the autobiography of Jonathan Daniel Beckmon which is my full legal name given to me by my parents Raymond Beckmon and Linda Helms (her maiden name) and assigned to me in the United States of America where I was born. At my current stage of life my only real goal is to get married. I have been looking for a suitable spouse for at least 15 years as of the time this book is being published with no luck. Its very hard to find a decent moral woman with the current state of our society and general lack of moral values in the United States of America. I honestly feel that had I been born in Russia I would have been married long ago. I had much better luck finding women there that were interested in my qualities and that were decent human beings. However I have only managed to make it to Russia once as it is beyond my current financial means to go there a lot until I find a wife. Since I refuse to lower my very high standards Ive lived out my life alone. It is better to die alone than to marry a wicked woman. You can read the book to find where the codename Lehi comes from.

The Knockoff Economy

How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Author: Kal Raustiala,Christopher Sprigman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 5804

From the shopping mall to the corner bistro, knockoffs are everywhere in today's marketplace. Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are essential to innovation--and economic success. But are copyrights and patents always necessary? In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman provocatively argue that creativity can not only survive in the face of copying, but can thrive. The Knockoff Economy approaches the question of incentives and innovation in a wholly new way--by exploring creative fields where copying is generally legal, such as fashion, food, and even professional football. By uncovering these important but rarely studied industries, Raustiala and Sprigman reveal a nuanced and fascinating relationship between imitation and innovation. In some creative fields, copying is kept in check through informal industry norms enforced by private sanctions. In others, the freedom to copy actually promotes creativity. High fashion gave rise to the very term "knockoff," yet the freedom to imitate great designs only makes the fashion cycle run faster--and forces the fashion industry to be even more creative. Raustiala and Sprigman carry their analysis from food to font design to football plays to finance, examining how and why each of these vibrant industries remains innovative even when imitation is common. There is an important thread that ties all these instances together--successful creative industries can evolve to the point where they become inoculated against--and even profit from--a world of free and easy copying. And there are important lessons here for copyright-focused industries, like music and film, that have struggled as digital technologies have made copying increasingly widespread and difficult to stop. Raustiala and Sprigman's arguments have been making headlines in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Le Monde, and at the Freakonomics blog, where they are regular contributors. By looking where few had looked before--at markets that fall outside normal IP law--The Knockoff Economy opens up fascinating creative worlds. And it demonstrates that not only is a great deal of innovation possible without intellectual property, but that intellectual property's absence is sometimes better for innovation.


Author: Barbara Marchwicki

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1481740962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 580

View: 6917

Basia is an emotional journey of a woman through childhood and adolescence into a turbulent adulthood full of revelations and deceptions. As a teenager, Basia observes the complete deterioration of her parent's marriage and her mother's struggle to keep her family and kids together. She knows her mother desperately hangs on to the memories of her first love, but the memories are too painful to share. When her mother dies when Basia is just twenty years old and her father goes through a selfish stage, she is forced to grow up quickly. She leaves her family home and the small town she grew up in and vows to never return. Within the layers of self-discovery lies the profound need to be loved. She makes mistakes and bad decisions, but she never loses the clarity of her aim; to never end up like her parents and marry only for love.

The Bend of the World: A Novel

Author: Jacob Bacharach

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871408147

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8105

“Bacharach has a great comic voice— shrewd, deadpan, and dirty—and The Bend of the World fears no weirdness.”—Sam Lipsyte “Mighty strange doings” mark the Pittsburgh of Jacob Bacharach’s audacious and hilarious debut novel, a town where “yeti, UFOs, rumors of orgiastic rites, intimations of the Mayan apocalypse and ‘psycho-temporal distortions’ add that extra zing to the bustling night life” (James Wolcott). On the edge of thirty, and comfortably adrift in life, Peter Morrison finds his personal and professional life taking a turn for the weird as his attempts to transition into adulthood are thwarted by conspiracies both real and imagined. In this madcap coming-of-age novel, where no one quite comes of age, Bacharach brings an “immensely entertaining” and “Vonnegut-like sensibility” (Library Journal ) to the “aptly surreal satire” (Dan Chaon) of hipsters, corporations, and American life in the adolescent years of the twenty-first century. “A disarming, intelligent and seriously funny debut,” The Bend of the World “marks the arrival of Jacob Bacharach as a writer to watch” (Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Fertilizer ’tween My Toes

Author: Marshall Rowland

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491715715

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 2609

Despite the hard knocks of life, Marshall Rowland, a true country boy from Georgia, somehow managed to find fame and a little bit of fortune through hard work, gambles with fate, and a love of country music. In his autobiography, Rowland begins with stories from his childhood during 1930s Georgia that detail the heartbreaking day when his mother was taken away; his subsequent move to a rural area, where he shoveled cow manure out of the barns; and the day when he first met little Henry Wiggins, the boy who first introduced him to country music. He had a challenging upbringing and minimal formal education, but he still managed to find success and happiness within the world of country music. He followed Ray Charles in a hillbilly band, became a disc jockey, and spent an evening with Elvis when he was sixteen—all events that eventually led to a career owning several radio stations throughout Florida and Georgia. Fertilizer ’tween My Toes is the inspiring, true story of how a country boy with little education and no parental guidance achieved financial success, discovered happiness, and, most importantly, survived his life’s most challenging moments.

Everything Is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself)

Author: Cathy Brett

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755379500

Category: Fiction

Page: 139

View: 1621

Interwoven with tales of World War I, this is a story about growing up, moving on and the strength of a family. Things haven't been going so well for fifteen-year-old Esther Armstrong. With her brother Max - her closest ally - absent, she's forced to face everything alone, not least her parents' heated arguments. As the summer holidays stretch endlessly ahead, she's desperate for something, anything, to divert her attention. Then she finds some letters hidden in the walls of her family home, sent by a soldier to his sweetheart from the trenches of WWI. Esther is consumed by the mystery of these lovers - not very much older than herself - and what became of them. Perhaps in piecing together the jigsaw of someone else's life, Esther can work out how to reassemble her own, and how to make everything fine again...

Death of a Martyr

Author: Troy Koehne

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595280315

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 138

View: 5028

Have you ever challenged God to prove he existed? Would you know it if he did? Tom Johnson hates God. He hates anything or anyone who says different. One problem. Jennifer Kelly. She loves the Lord and is not ashamed of the Gospel. After a fierce confrontation she slams her Bible in his chest daring him to read it for himself. In his anger, he raises his fist toward the sky demanding that God prove he exists. The ultimate question is then asked. Will you deny Christ so you may live another day? What would you do?

The People of Forever are not Afraid

Author: Shani Boianjiu

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448139635

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9153

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty village in Israel. They attend high school, gossip about boys, and try to find ways to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. Then at eighteen they are conscripted into the army. Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences and Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All of them live in that single intense second before danger erupts, all of them trying to survive however they can... Shortlisted for The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize

Stories from the Serat Centhini

Understanding the Javanese Journey of Life

Author: Soewito Santoso,Kestity Pringgoharjono

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9814484598

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

View: 6493


Through A Glass, Darkly

Author: Jostein Gaarder

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297864041

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5480

Conversations about life and death, between a girl and an angel. It's almost Christmas. Cecilia lies sick in bed as her family bustle around her to make her last Christmas as special as possible. Cecilia has cancer. An angel steps through her window. So begins a spirited and engaging series of conversations between Cecelia and her angel. As the sick girl thinks about her life and prepares for her death, she changes subtly, in herself and in her relationships with her family. Jostein Gaarder is a profoundly optimistic writer, who writes about death with wisdom, compassion and an enquiring mind. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY will not only bring comfort to the bereaved. It will move and amaze everyone who reads it.

The Sunshine of your Smile

Two friends come to the rescue in this moving Liverpool saga (Molly and Nellie series, Book 6)

Author: Joan Jonker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755390350

Category: Fiction

Page: 406

View: 5242

Molly and Nellie save the day once again... in their own entertaining and hilarious way. Joan Jonker brings us another instalment of her hugely popular Molly and Nellie series in The Sunshine of Your Smile, where the two friends get up to more mischief in their beloved Liverpool. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Cathy Sharp. 'Joan Jonker does what she does best, drawing on her own upbringing during the 1930s to colour her characters. She writes about warm, witty women who inhabit a familiar world much loved by her legions of fans' - Liverpool Echo Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough have been best mates for over twenty years, with never a cross word between them. When times were bad and money scarce, they kept their families together with love and laughter. And they were always there to help anyone in trouble. So when they hear about a mother who hasn't seen her son for years, the two friends know they have a job to do... What readers are saying about The Sunshine of Your Smile: 'I have read this book at least 5 times, and I still laugh and it can draw the tears from my eyes. I think we all wish we had a Molly and a Nellie living next to us' 'Again a fantastic story from Joan, Molly and Nellie never fail to entertain us with their escapades. There is everything we have come to expect from the two best mates, an abundance of tears, from joy to romance to heartache but most of all tears of laughter. All in all a fantastic read'