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Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It by [Geary, James]
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Comedy is famously impossible to describe without destroying it, so James Geary--in this entertaining and informative and funny book--makes a very smart and effective move: he embodies the many different forms that wit takes, from poems to jokes to jive to rap. In a time of constant, unintentional humor, here is a purposeful and valuable reminder that sometimes it's on purpose and sometimes it's very nearly life-saving.--David Shields, bestselling author of Reality Hunger and The Thing About Life Is One Day You'll Be Dead

If you've ever spent hours overanalyzing your favorite standup special or sitcom episode, this is the kind of insightful, carefully reasoned deep dive you'll love.--David Litt, bestselling author of Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years

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"A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom." —Stephen Fry

Much more than a knack for snappy comebacks, wit is the quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say, or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there’s the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists, and the metaphysical wit of philosophers.

In Wit’s End, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. Wit’s End agilely balances psychology, folktales, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, drawing upon traditions of wit from around the world.

Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, Wit’s End demonstrates that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3855 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (13 November 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BLM34QT
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsA Clever Examination of Wit
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5.0 out of 5 starsA witty book about wit
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