Download How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational by Judah Friedlander PDF

By Judah Friedlander

"World Champion" Judah Friedlander tells you ways to overcome Up anyone during this insanely hilarious satirical martial arts consultant. higher often called an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and big name of 30 Rock, Friedlander stocks his adventures in butt-kicking with fortunate readers in a self-defense instruction manual within the gut-busting vein of the reality approximately Chuck Norris.

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Download Players at the Game of People by John Brunner PDF

By John Brunner

Struggle hero, jet-setter, gourmet--Godwin Harpinshield was once all of these and extra; his lifestyles was once a video game performed one of the attractive humans whose reputation, wealth and tool set them above the legislation, and past the legislation of nature. as a result of an easy discount that each one the attractive humans made, Godwin's each wish was once his for the asking. Seduced through luxurious, Godwin by no means doubted his fortune, by no means questioned approximately his mysterious patrons.
Then the sport grew to become ugly.
Suddenly, the ante was once raised and the sport used to be actual. The stakes have been his destiny, his sanity and, very likely, his very soul. All Godwin Harpinshield needed to detect was once: What have been the principles of the sport? And who--or what--were the opposite gamers?

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Download Petronius: A Handbook by Jonathan R. W. Prag, Ian D. Repath PDF

By Jonathan R. W. Prag, Ian D. Repath

Petronius: A Handbook unravels the mysteries of the Satyrica, one of many maximum literary works that antiquity has bequeathed to the fashionable world.

  • Includes a dozen unique essays by means of a crew of best Petronius and Roman background scholars
  • Features the 1st multi-dimensional method of Satyricon experiences via exploring the novel's literary constitution, social and historical contexts, and glossy reception
  • Supplemented via illustrations, plot define, word list, map, bibliography, and recommendations for additional reading

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Download Old Masters: A Comedy by Thomas Bernhard PDF

By Thomas Bernhard

Translated by means of Ewald Osers

In this exuberantly satirical novel, the coach Atzbacher has been
summoned by way of his buddy Reger to satisfy him in a Viennese museum. While
Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait, Atzbacher—who fears Reger's
plans to kill himself—gives us a portrait of the musicologist: his
wisdom, his devotion to his spouse, and his love-hate dating with
art. With normally acerbic wit, Bernhard exposes the
pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a unique immediately pessimistic
and surprisingly exhilarating.

"Bernhard's . . . most delightful novel."—Robert Craft, New York
Review of Books.

"Bernhard is likely one of the masters of up to date ecu fiction."
—George Steiner

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Download The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman PDF

By John Hodgman

Scorching at the heels of the number one bestsellers The Onion's Our Dumb Century and Jon Stewart's the USA comes The parts of My Expertise, the intense and uproarious #15 bestseller (i.e., a runaway phenomenon in its personal right-no, seriously)-a lavish compendium of convenient reference tables, interesting minutiae, and sage wisdom-all of it thoroughly unresearched, thoroughly undocumented and (presumably) thoroughly unfaithful, fabricated by means of the illuminating, prodigious mind's eye of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.

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Download Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr PDF

By Melissa Mohr

Virtually everybody swears, or concerns approximately no longer swearing, from the 2 year-old who has simply stumbled on the facility of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why any other be aware she hears is obscene. whether or not they show anger or pleasure, are supposed to insult or to commend, swear phrases practice an important position in language. yet swearing can be a uniquely well-suited lens in which to examine background, providing a desirable list of what humans care approximately at the private degrees of a culture--what's divine, what's terrifying, and what's taboo.

Holy Sh*t tells the tale of 2 varieties of swearing--obscenities and oaths--from old Rome and the Bible to at the present time. With humor and perception, Melissa Mohr takes readers on a trip to find how "swearing" has come to incorporate either attesting together with your hand at the Bible and calling somebody a *#$&!* once they lower you off at the street. She explores obscenities in historical Rome--which have been remarkably just like our own--and finds the heritage of non secular oaths within the heart a long time, while swearing (or no longer swearing) an oath used to be frequently an issue of lifestyles and loss of life. Holy Sh*t additionally explains the development of civility and corresponding censorship of language within the 18th century, considers the increase of racial slurs after international battle II, examines the physiological results of swearing (increased center cost and bigger ache tolerance), and solutions a query that preoccupies the FCC, the USA Senate, and an individual who has lately overheard sons and daughters at a playground: are we swearing extra now than humans did some time past?

A gem of lexicography and cultural heritage, Holy Sh*t is a major exploration of obscenity--and it additionally simply may well extend your repertoire of phrases to select from the subsequent time you close up your finger within the automobile door.

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Download Good offices by Evelio Rosero, Anne McLean, Anna Milsom PDF

By Evelio Rosero, Anne McLean, Anna Milsom

Tancredo, a tender hunchback, observes and participates within the goings-on on the church during which he lives less than the care of pop Almida. additionally in place of dwelling are the sexton Celeste Machado, his goddaughter Sabina Cruz, and 3 widows identified jointly because the Lilias, who do the cooking and cleansing and supply charity food for the neighborhood terrible and needy. One Thursday, Father Almida and the sexton need to rush off to satisfy the parish's critical benefactor, Don Justiniano. it is going to be the 1st time Father Almida has now not given mass for 40 years. finally they discover a stand-in in, Father Matamoros, a drunkard with a gorgeous voice whose sung mass is spellbinding to all. The Lilias organize a luxurious meal for Father Matamoros, who persuades them to drink with him. Over the process the lengthy evening the ladies and Tancredo lose their inhibitions and confess their very own sins and tales to this unusual priest, in addition to these of others. With a skilfully created, idiosyncratic narrator in Tancredo, and peopled with carnivalesque characters, reliable workplaces is a superbly poetic, compact and bright satire at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

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Download Assholeology by Steven B. Green, Dennis Lavalle, Chris Illuminati PDF

By Steven B. Green, Dennis Lavalle, Chris Illuminati

Steve Carrell--the faux Asshole Ari Gold--the Hollywood Asshole Simon Cowell--the Trying-Too-Hard Asshole Mickey Rourke--the Reformed Asshole Barney Stintson--the precise Asshole to really be an asshole is an artwork shape. It calls for the offender to be cocky but quietly convinced, snide in addition to honest, sneaky whereas on your face. larger males than such a lot have failed miserably. that is why there is this guide--the first booklet to stroll you thru the tips of the exchange and the varied merits the angle reaps. you will discover crucial details on the right way to sharpen your prick abilities. no matter if you are approach too over-the-top and wish to tone it down, or are a shy wallflower who must flip it up, this e-book is your crash path in assholeology. you'll now be ready to get every little thing you ever wanted--in paintings, love, and life--by being an asshole. it really is each guy's instruction manual on the right way to be an asshole, with out getting a black eye.

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Download Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham PDF

By W. Somerset Maugham

Cakes and Ale is a scrumptious satire of London literary society among the Wars. Social climber Alroy Kear is flattered whilst he's chosen by means of Edward Driffield's spouse to pen the legitimate biography of her lionized novelist husband, and decided to write down a bestseller. yet then Kear discovers the good novelist's voluptuous muse (and not likely first wife), Rosie. The full of life, loving heroine as soon as gave Driffield adequate fabric to final a life-time, yet now her reminiscence casts an embarrassing shadow over his occupation and decent photograph. clever, witty, deeply fulfilling, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his most sensible.

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