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By Ambrose Bierce. 1993
Born in Ohio in 1842, journalist, short-story writer and critic Ambrose Bierce developed into one of this country's most celebrated… and cynical wits--a merciless "American Swift" whose literary barbs were aimed at folly, self-delusion, politics, business, religion, literature and the arts. In this splendid "dictionary" of epigrams, essays, verses and vignettes, you'll find over 1,000 pointed definitions, e.g. Congratulation ("The civility of envy"), Coward ("One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs") and Historian ("A broad-gauge gossip"). Anyone who likes to laugh will love The Devil's Dictionary. Anyone looking for a bon mot to enliven their next speech, paper or conversation will have a field day thumbing through what H. L. Mencken called "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."
By Ambrose Bierce. 2011
"Bore: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." "Lawyer: One skilled in circumvention of the law." "Positive:… Mistaken at the top of one's voice." These and more than 1,000 other comic definitions appear in Ambrose Bierce's wicked satire of conventional dictionaries. An ideal gift for lovers of language, this classic of American humor features a wealth of quips praised by H. L. Mencken as "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."
The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906 as… The Cynic's Word Book, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. Retitled in 1911, it has been followed by numerous "unabridged" versions compiled after Bierce's death, which include definitions absent from earlier editions.
By Veronique Poulain. 2017
Fresca, intimista e infinitamente cómica, Todas las palabras que no me han dicho es la nueva novela revelación en Francia,… donde ha vendido más de 50.000 ejemplares. Ser adolescente no es nada fácil, y menos aún si, como Véronique, se vive con un padre y una madre un tanto especiales, que no puede comunicarse como el resto del mundo. Fuera de las paredes de su casa, la gente cuenta historias, se enfada, ríe y ama. Los padres de Véronique también hacen todo esto, pero con las manos: son sordomudos. Las pequeñas anécdotas e historias familiares son tan irreverentes como reflexivas, tan sencillas como profundas, tan singulares como cercanas a nuestras experiencias. De lo que podría haber sido un drama, Véronique Poulain hace una comedia: un libro único sobre una familia que también lo es. La crítica ha dicho...«Una pequeña joya.»Femme Actuelle «Divertido, cruel y conmovedor.»OuestFrance «Una magnífica declaración de amor filial.»Libération
By Ian Svenonius. 2013
Proscriptive how-to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects e g sex band photos … etc and can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel Verdict Svenonius s sociopolitical analysis of rock and roll is intellectually interesting as when he posits that the genre was brought about by the industrial revolution the harnessing of electricity and the miscegenation of various poor exploited and indentured cultures in the USA --Library Journal So much of the allure here is in watching Svenonius skirt absurdity He s always seemed delighted by the fact that the profound and the preposterous can sound awfully alike a realization that puts him in line with an avant-garde tradition that stretches back before rock n roll crystallized this fact Svenonius has the spirit of a long-gone punk past but his book has more to tell us about rock s here-and-now than about its hereafter Neither bourgeois nor prestigious Supernatural Strategies may be the rare book by a rock musician to retain any power or threat --Los Angeles Review of Books Like its author Supernatural Strategies is part tongue-in-cheek part deadly serious -- a satire of rock s consumerist origins but also a thoughtful treatise on what it means to devote yourself to a collective Drawing from the wisdom of rock n roll s most famous ghosts Svenonius advice ranges from hilarious to cryptic to surprisingly useful --Pitchfork Svenonius has walked the walk Even today-as the frontman of Chain The Gang and the host of the online talk show Soft Focus-he remains cool cryptic and impeccably dressed a mod magician with a trick always lurking up his tailored sleeve --The Onion AV Club If write what you know is one of authorship s prime dictates then Ian F Svenonius seems uniquely qualified Svenonius contrarian anti-establishment rhetoric is his greatest gift Strategies plays to these same strengths by allowing him to run roughshod riot over hallowed ground he s already trod-and sometimes paved-more than a few times --Baltimore City PaperIan F Svenonius s experience as an iconic underground rock musician--playing in such highly influential and revolutionary outfits as The Make-Up and The Nation of Ulysses--gives him special insight on techniques for not only starting but also surviving a rock n roll group Therefore he s written an instructional guide which doubles as a warning device a philosophical text an exercise in terror an aerobics manual and a coloring book This volume features essays and black-and-white illustrations on everything the would-be star should know to get started such as Sex Drugs Sound Group Photo The Van and Manufacturing Nostalgia Supernatural Strategies will serve as an indispensable guide for a new generation just aching to boogie