The Pun Also Rises

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Author: John Pollack
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101513861
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The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

Original Title: The Pun Also Rises

A former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history. The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter? Watch a Video

Rhode Island Curiosities

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Author: Seth Brown
Publisher: Globe Pequot
ISBN: 9780762743384
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Rhode Island Curiosities by Seth Brown

Original Title: Rhode Island Curiosities

A former Providence Journal columnist introduces you to the quintessential Rhode Island—its iconic foods (coffee milk, the Awful Awful, Del's lemonade, and Yacht Club Soda); its iconic monuments (the two-ton termite known as The Big Blue Bug, the Superman Building, and Mr. Potato Head); and its iconic events (Parade of the Ancients and Horribles, Best Dressed State Trooper Awards, and the Fools Regatta).

American Literary Journalists 1945 1995

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Author: Arthur Jesse Kaul
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American Literary Journalists 1945 1995 by Arthur Jesse Kaul

Original Title: American Literary Journalists 1945 1995

Essays on American literary journalists whose writings appeared from 1945 to 1995. During this period, literary journalists and novelists-turned-journalists produced nonfiction writing of enduring aesthetic, cultural and political significance, reshaping the contours of contemporary American letters. These journalists achieved a notoriety and status in literature, winning major journalism and literary prizes.

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