Isn’t that Clever

A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

Author: Steven Gimbel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351622617

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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Isn’t That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor – the cleverness account – according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding questions about humor ethics (Are there jokes that are wrong to tell? Are there jokes that can only be told by certain people?) and humor aesthetics (What makes for a good joke? Is humor subjective?). In addition to humor in general, Isn’t That Clever asks questions about comedy as an art form such as whether there are limits to what can be said in dealing with a heckler and how do we determine whether one comedian has stolen jokes from another.
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Now Panic and Freak Out

Author: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449418430

Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 3995

A parody of the famed Keep Calm and Carry On British motivational poster, and featuring the same successful format as the best-selling Keep Calm and Carry On book, Now Panic and Freak Out is destined to be the mantra for the worriers of the world! Keep Calm and Carry On is all very well, but life just isn't that simple. It's time to panic. This clever collection features uncannily appropriate (for the times) quotes, such as: * "We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic." --Cullen Hightower * "The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work." --Robert Frost * "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." --Mark Twain
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Clever

Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

Author: Robert Goffee,Gareth Jones

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422122964

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 182

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"Leadership and change experts Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones call these invaluable individuals 'clevers'. They can be brilliant, difficult - and sometimes even dangerous. Your organization's competitiveness depends on how well you lead them, but traditional leadership strategies won't be effective. In Clever, Goffee and Jones outline a set of unconventional guidelines for setting up your clevers - and your organization - for success. Based on extensive research inside international organizations in a wide range of industries, the authors identify common traits clevers share and decode the dynamics of clever teams. Through vivid real-world stories, they reveal the secrets to getting the most from clevers."--BOOK JACKET.
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Clever Girl

Author: Tessa Hadley

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780099570523

Category: Bristol (England)

Page: 339

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Stella was a clever girl, everyone thought so. Living with her mother and rather unsatisfactory stepfather in suburban respectability she reads voraciously, smokes until her voice is hoarse and dreams of a less ordinary life. When she meets Val, he seems to her to embody everything she longs for - glamour, ideas, excitement and the thrill of the unknown. But these things come at a price and one that Stella despite all her cleverness doesn't realise until it is too late.
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Viva la Repartee

Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History's Great Wits and Wordsmiths

Author: Dr. Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061758447

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun described this all-too-common phenomenon when he wrote "Repartee is what we wish we'd said." In Viva la Repartee, Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Oxymoronica, has lovingly assembled a collection of masterfully composed -- and perfectly timed -- replies that have turned the tables on opponents and adversaries. This delightful volume is a celebration of the most impressive retorts, ripostes, rejoinders, comebacks, quips, ad-libs, bon mots, off-the-cuff comments, wisecracks, and other clever remarks ever to come out of the mouths -- and from the pens -- of people throughout history. Touching on all areas of human endeavor, including politics, the arts, literature, sports, relationships, and even the risqué, the book features contributions from Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Dolly Parton, and scores more. As entertaining as it is intellectually enriching, Viva la Repartee is sure to capture the attention of language lovers and is the perfect antidote for anyone who's ever thought I wish I'd said that!
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Furiously Funny

Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Author: Terrence T. Tucker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813054360

Category: History

Page: 291

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The history of African American humor is difficult to piece together. Occluded by slavery's gaps and distorted by racist stereotypes, African American humor has few extant works prior to the early twentieth century. Tucker's study focuses on comic rage, which he defines as an African American cultural expression that uses oral traditions to convey humor and militancy simultaneously in its confrontation of uncomfortable truths about inequalities and inconsistencies in American culture.
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I See You

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101988290

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1912

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make ...
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Clever Maids

The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales

Author: Valerie Paradiz

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786738537

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Most people know the stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but very few know that behind the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales stood a network of sisters-and mothers, neighbors, and female friends. In this intimate history, Valerie Paradiz tells the real story of the greatest literary collaboration of the nineteenth century, and gives the long-lost narrators of these beloved tales their due. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were major German intellects of their time, contemporaries of both Goethe and Schiller. But as Paradiz reveals here, the romantic image of the two brothers traveling the countryside, transcribing tales told to them by peasants, is far from the truth. More than half of the tales the Grimm brothers collected were contributed by women friends from the upper classes. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars and the high years of German romanticism, Clever Maids chronicles this most fascinating enterprise in literary history, and illuminates the ways the Grimm tales-with their mythic portrayals of courage, sacrifice, and betrayal-still resonate so powerfully today.
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Crying Out

Author: Matthew L. Hunt

Publisher: Baker's Plays

ISBN: 9780874409253

Category: Children's plays, American

Page: 29

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This Is a Book

Author: Demetri Martin

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9781609418762

Category: Humor

Page: 288

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From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book. Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.
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Kitchen Hacks

How Clever Cooks Get Things Done

Author: America's Test Kitchen (Firm)

Publisher: America's Test Kitchen

ISBN: 1940352002

Category: Cooking

Page: 368

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"Like a team of kitchen MacGyvers, the test cooks of Cook's Illustrated have hacked their way through the kitchen and beyond to find innovative solutions to everyday cooking challenges. A kitchen hack is an unusual, easier, and/or better way of performing a task that often saves money and time or improves the quality of the outcome. This new book features over 1,000 of our best test kitchen-approved tips and tricks to help you face down kitchen conundrums. Need extra counter space during holiday prep? Place a baking sheet on top of a pulled-out kitchen drawer and voilO! No rolling pin to be found? Pull out a bottle of wine to flatten your pie dough. Can't get that sticky jar open? Fit a rubber band around the lid for a helpful grip. Throughout, you'll find fun and helpful illustrations that guide you every step of the way. Kitchen Hacks also features 22 "how did they do that?" recipes developed in the test kitchen, which we call recipe hacks. These include the keys to making perfect vanilla ice cream without a machine and a simple DIY recipe for eggless mayonnaise with a surprising secret ingredient. Become a more efficient and inventive cook and take your skills to the next level
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The Worm That Wasn't

Author: Mike Maddox

Publisher: Abaddon Books

ISBN: 1849970092

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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On Inan, a strange new power stirs... Leah is a simple gardener, tending the psychic plants that can create chemical and psychological weapons of immense magical power. But she dreams of so much more, hoping for a better life within the walls of the Castle. Her calm ordered existence is tainted by sickness and plague, a contagion that picks its victims, possessing something very like intelligence. In a world where science and magic embrace each other, Leah discovers a terrifying secret that may tip her world into madness and chaos worse than any mere war. Leah will have to confront her deepest fears if she hopes to save the lives of the people she loves. Out there in the dark, the worm is waiting. And the worm is so very hungry...
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Biting Oz

Author: Mary Hughes

Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld

ISBN: 1640632271

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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When Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg is offered the opportunity to escape Meiers Corners, she takes it, playing pit orchestra for Broadway-bound Oz, Wonderful Oz. But someone is threatening the show’s young star. To save the production, Junior must join forces with the star’s dark, secretive bodyguard Glynn, whose sapphire eyes and lyrical Welsh accent thrill her, and whose hard, muscular body makes her passions flare. Fierce as a warrior, enigmatic as a druid, Glynn Rhys-Jenkins has searched eight hundred years for love and a true home. Junior’s get-out-of-Dodge attitude burns him but everything else about her inflames him. A sensuous, insidious evil threatens not only the show but the very foundations of Meiers Corners, and Junior and Glynn find themselves at the heart of it... Each book in the Biting Love series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order. Series Order: Book #1: Bite My Fire Book #2: Biting Nixie Book #3: The Bite of Silence novella Book #4: Biting Me Softly Book #5: Biting Oz Book #6: Beauty Bites Book #7: Downbeat Book #8: Assassin’s Bite Book #9: Passion Bites
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Cleverlands

The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers

Author: Lucy Crehan

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783522755

Category: Education

Page: 320

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As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She resolved to find out what was really going on in the classrooms of countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science. Cleverlands documents Crehan’s journey around the world, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology and culture to offer extensive new insights into what we can learn from these countries.
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Not a Box

Author: Antoinette Portis

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN: 9780007254804

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.
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Rhyme Crime

Author: Jon Burgerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735231044

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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From the creator of Splat! comes more playful, irreverent, kid-empowering fun--with a rhyming twist. In this buoyant rhyming romp, words have gone mysteriously missing: Who stole Marlow's happy smile, and replaced it with a crocodile? Who swiped Dingle's sneeze--aaaaachooo!--and left a stinky cheese? The thief took Tumble's orange, and switched it with a . . . with a . . . Hey, does anything rhyme with orange? No? Aha! Could this be the rhyming robber's undoing? Guided by bright, clever artwork, kids are empowered to put the final clues together for themselves to solve this silly rhyme crime, then guess at the name-nabber's next sneaky move. Splendid, satisfying, inspiring. "Robbery here comes with rhyming wordplay. . . [and] even more hysterical laughter." --Kirkus "The creator of Splat! offers more page-turn-based tomfoolery" --Booklist
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The Art of Witty Banter

Be Clever, Be Quick, Be Interesting

Author: Patrick King

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781540552631

Category: Conversation

Page: 150

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Learn conversational agility to think quickly on your feet, be incredibly smooth, funny, and clever - all at once. Goodbye awkward silences!No matter where you lie on the spectrum of awkward to engaging, witty banter is always the end goal - and it should be. Witty banter, and all the steps that lead to it, allows you to (1) disarm and connect with anyone, (2) immediately exit boring small talk mode, and (3) instantly build rapport like you're old friends.Flow with the conversational twists and turns like water.The Art of Witty Banter is a book that carefully examines the art, nuance, and mechanics of banter and charm to make you witty comeback machine, the likes of which your friends have never seen. You'll be able to handle, defend, disarm, and engage others in a way that makes you comfortable and confident with each growing day.Transform interview conversations to comfortable rapport.Patrick King is an internationally bestselling author and social skills and conversation coach. As someone who teaches people to speak for a living, he's broken wit and banter down to a science and given you real guidelines on what to say and when.Make a sharp, smart, and savvy impression - every time.There's no guesswork here - you'll get exact examples and phrases to plug into your daily conversations. 18 specific points to up your charisma quotient.How will you be clever, be quick, and be interesting?*Why the questions you use make people freeze.*How to master teasing, witty comebacks, and initiating jokes and humor.*What free association is and how it makes you quick-witted.*How to create an instant "in-group" and inside joke with someone.As well as:*The reactions and exact phrases to make yourself be heard.*How to create your Conversation Resume.*The best types of compliments to give and what you're doing wrong.*What a fallback story is and how it can save you.Conversation is the key to all that you want in life. Make the most out of them and specialize in witty banter. If you can roll with any punch, be quick and lively, and make it look effortless, what would that say about you? You'll have a waiting list for your new friends!Make the best impression on your first try, and never be worried that you're boring anyone again.Click the BUY NOW button at the top right of this page!
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We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 152476695X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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The New York Times bestseller We Were Liars is now available as a not-to-be-missed hardcover deluxe edition! Whether you know how it ends (shh . . . don’t tell!) or have let too many seasons go by without discovering the truth about the Liars for yourself, you will want to get your hands on the exclusive new content in this deluxe edition. And act fast: the first printing is signed by the author! A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. In addition to the bestselling novel, the collector’s edition includes: · Never-before-shared letters from Gat to Cadence · A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the author’s creative process · The author’s hand-drawn map of Beechwood Island and the Sinclair family tree · Unique ideas for book discussions—Sinclair family–style · An excerpt from E. Lockhart’s upcoming novel Genuine Fraud—a psychological thriller that will leave you breathless Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. Praise for We Were Liars: 20 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List “Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” —The Wall Street Journal “A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars “You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly “An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review “No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is . . . [Lockhart’s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic.” —Chicago Tribune
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Art World

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: N.A

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The Book of Will

Author: Lauren Gunderson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 0822237725

Category: Drama

Page: 95

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Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, THE BOOK OF WILL finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.
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