• HUMOR

Schottenfreude

German Words for the Human Condition
Author: Ben Schott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 039916670X
Category: HUMOR
Page: 96
View: 7031
"From bestselling author and New York Times columnist Ben Schott comes an entertaining and much-needed German dictionary for the human condition, a gift book for wordsmiths and Deutschophiles alike"--

    • Humor

Schottenfreude

German Words for the Human Condition
Author: Ben Schott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698161912
Category: Humor
Page: 96
View: 753
Ever thought, There should be a German word for that? Well, thanks to the brilliantly original mind behind Schott’s Original Miscellany, now there is. Schottenfreude is a unique, must-have dictionary, complete with newly coined words that explore the idiosyncrasies of life as only the German language can. In what other language but German could you construct le mot juste for a secret love of bad foods, the inability to remember jokes, Sunday-afternoon depression, the urge to yawn, the glee of gossip, reassuring your hairdresser, delight at the changing of the seasons, the urge to hoard, or the ineffable pleasure of a cold pillow? A beguiling, ideal gift book for the Gelehrte or anyone on your list—just beware of rapidly expanding (and potentially incomprehensible) vocabularies.

    • Foreign Language Study

Scheisse!

The Real German You Were Never Taught in School
Author: Gertrude Besserwisser
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101664665
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 144
View: 7032
Another entry in the bestselling, Merda! series, this humorous book helps readers navigate the world of real Low German. Scheisse! introduces readers to the fine art of cursing and basic slang to spice up their German speech. If you think you have a fairly good command of German, think again. For it’s a sure bet that Frau Schultz never taught you those nasty little guttural curses and humiliating invectives so expressive of real low German speech. But relax—here at last is the one book that can introduce you to the very worst beer-hall German. Scheisse! is an indispensable guide to off-color German colloquialisms and profanities—lascivious bedroom slang and boozy insults, jeering scatological put-downs and scurrilous ridicule. This hilarious illustrated cornucopia of creative expletives, guaranteed to vex, taunt, aggravate, and provoke as only overwrought low German can, will help you master the fine art of German verbal abuse—with triumphant one-upmanship.

    • Humor

Nein.

A Manifesto
Author: Eric Jarosinski
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802190839
Category: Humor
Page: 172
View: 2761
In the past society had aphorisms, today we have this hilarious yet deeply profound collection of tweets from the hugely popular @NeinQuarterly. Nein. A Manifesto is the brainchild of Eric Jarosinski, the self-described “failed intellectual” behind @NeinQuarterly, a “Compendium of Utopian Negation” that uses the aphoristic potential of Twitter to plumb the existential abyss of modern life—and finds it bottomless. Stridently hopeless and charmingly dour, Nein. A Manifesto is an irreverent philosophical investigation into our most urgent questions. And the least. Inspired by the aphorisms of Nietzsche, Karl Kraus, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, Jarosinski’s short-form style reinvents philosophy for a world doomed to distraction. Nein. A Manifesto will be packaged as an attractive small-format hardcover, with a handful of Jarosinski’s aphorisms laid out on each page. Critical thinkers, lovers of language, bibliophiles, manics and depressives alike will be drawn to this compelling, witty, and often hilarious translation of digital into print. Theory into praxis. And tragedy into farce.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Schadenfreude, A Love Story

Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For
Author: Rebecca Schuman
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 1250077664
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 6744
"This book is a wild and wonderful ride. Your guide, Rebecca Schuman, is a super-smart and very funny person who writes brilliantly about Germany and Germans (who are not what you think) and being young and insane and life in general and... just read it, OK?" -Dave Barry Sometimes Love Gets Lost in Translation You know that feeling you get watching the elevator doors slam shut just before your toxic coworker can step in? Or seeing a parking ticket on a Hummer? There’s a word for this mix of malice and joy, and the Germans (of course) invented it. It’s Schadenfreude, deriving pleasure from others’ misfortune. Misfortune happens to be a specialty of Slate columnist Rebecca Schuman—and this is great news for the Germans. For Rebecca adores the Vaterland with the kind of single-minded passion its Volk usually reserve for beer, soccer, and being right all the time. Let’s just say the affection isn’t mutual. Schadenfreude is the story of a teenage Jewish intellectual who falls in love – in love with a boy (who breaks her heart), a language (that’s nearly impossible to master), a culture (that’s nihilistic, but punctual), and a landscape (that’s breathtaking when there’s not a wall in the way). Rebecca is an everyday, misunderstood 90’s teenager with a passion for Pearl Jam and Ethan Hawke circa Reality Bites, until two men walk into her high school Civics class: Dylan Gellner, with deep brown eyes and an even deeper soul, and Franz Kafka, hitching a ride in Dylan’s backpack. These two men are the axe to the frozen sea that is Rebecca’s spirit, and what flows forth is a passion for all things German. First love might be fleeting, but Kafka is forever, and in pursuit of this elusive passion Rebecca will spend two decades stuttering and stumbling through German sentences, trying to win over a people who can’t be bothered. At once a snapshot of a young woman finding herself, and a country slowly starting to stitch itself back together after nearly a century of war (both hot and cold), Schadenfreude, A Love Story is an exhilarating, hilarious, and yes, maybe even heartfelt memoir proving that sometimes the truest loves play hard to get.

    • Humor

Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990


Author: Miriam Elia,Ezra Elia
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101638397
Category: Humor
Page: 96
View: 6779
*An NPR Best Book of 2013* The darkly comic musings of a deeply thoughtful rodent—the perfect gift for pet lovers and anguished existentialists of all ages. Edward is a hamster—yet he contains multitudes. Trapped in a cage with a wheel that taunts him with its meaninglessness, Edward records the existential ennui that is the sum of his short life. His diary is an extraordinary work, filled with profound meditations on the nature of captivity, the emptiness of life, and the irrational will to live. This dark, pithy, irresistibly witty diary, with illustrations by acclaimed artist Miriam Elia, makes the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list. It won’t take long before readers recognize that Edward is not just a hamster—he is a state of mind.

    • Reference

Wordbirds

An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century
Author: Liesl Schillinger
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476713502
Category: Reference
Page: 224
View: 9428
This charming and whimsically illustrated book of newly minted words—on politics and the media, love and friendship, work, play, family, fashion, and city life—is “a lexicon of witty neologisms for the modern age” (Vanity Fair). You are a typical citizen of the young millennium, caught up in the fast-paced megatasking socio-professional whirl of our ever-evolving digitally enhanced lives. If you’ve ever wondered what to call it when you answer the TV remote instead of the phone, or wished you had a phrase to capture your supervisor’s stealth campaign to stall your career, here is your guide. Now you can say “Oops, droidian slip!” with ease, and call out your boss for the impedimentor that he is. Armed with Wordbirds, you will be able to skillfully talk your way into—or out of—any situation the twenty-first century throws at you. With 150 gorgeous, highly expressive bird illustrations, these neologisms will have you crowing with delight, and show you that fine feathers make fine words. (Not to mention give new meaning to the term “tweeting.”) A perfect gift book, Wordbirds is “literary catnip for bird lovers who also find themselves fascinated—or annoyed—by the quirks of modern life” (The New York Times Book Review).

    • Reference

Schott's Quintessential Miscellany


Author: Ben Schott
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 9781608190218
Category: Reference
Page: 160
View: 8526
In 2003, a curious, old-fashioned, pocket-size book transformed the way we look at information. Since then, Schott's Original Miscellany and its two sequel volumes have been translated into more than fifteen languages and have sold some three million copies. Now Ben Schott returns to the miscellany format with a brand-new cabinet of curiosities. Inside, you'll find fascinating facts cheek by jowl with information you can't live without. All things are considered, from footwear labeling symbols, airport runway markings, and sign-writing brush sizes to the traditional method of counting sheep and how to smoke cigars while reading the news. Nothing escapes the jeweler's eye of this curator of unconsidered trifles. An essential addition to the bookshelf of all who love life's rich tapestry, Schott's Quintessential Miscellany-equal parts encyclopedia, almanac, treasury, and lexicon-will remind you that there is only one Ben Schott. Praise for Schott's Miscellanies: "If we live in an information age, then Ben Schott has become something of a maestro, or perhaps a master chef, ranging over the whole of knowledge and seasoning his…books with a pinch of this, a drop of that." -Chicago Sun-Times "Genuine practical value…Elegantly designed…A vast empire of informational flotsam and jetsam." -New York Times "One of the oddest and most addictively readable reference books in print."-Boston Globe "Completely earnest and mischievous at the same time."-Newsday

    • Literary Criticism

Kafka and Wittgenstein

The Case for an Analytic Modernism
Author: Rebecca Schuman
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810131501
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
View: 5193
In Kafka and Wittgenstein, Rebecca Schuman undertakes the first ever book-length scholarly examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language alongside Franz Kafka’s prose fiction. In groundbreaking readings, she argues that although many readers of Kafka are searching for what his texts mean, in this search we are sorely mistaken. Instead, the problems and illusions we portend to uncover, the im-portant questions we attempt to answer—Is Josef K. guilty? If so, of what? What does Gregor Samsa’s transformed body mean? Is Land-Surveyor K. a real land surveyor?— themselves presuppose a bigger delusion: that such questions can be asked in the first place. Drawing deeply on the entire range of Wittgenstein’s writings, Schuman can-nily sheds new light on the enigmatic Kafka.

    • Humor

Alternate Histories of the World


Author: Matthew Buchholz
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698139178
Category: Humor
Page: 192
View: 4580
This remarkable collection of maps, photographs, engravings and paintings from the early ages to modern day provides a stunning new look at the world as defined by our struggles and alliances with the monsters and supernatural creatures that have defined our existence. Learn how a mechanical man helped write America’s Declaration of Independence. Track the course of the Living Dead virus from Africa to Europe and on to the New World. View artifacts from our uneasy alliance with the Martian race, or simply delight in the vibrant colors and illustrations from a bygone age. More than 100 full-color images and insightful essays make this book an essential addition to the libraries of dedicated historians as well as casual fans of monsters and mayhem.

    • Reference

Schott's Original Miscellany


Author: Ben Schott
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 9781582343495
Category: Reference
Page: 144
View: 7502
Impossible to read at one sitting, but utterly unputdownable, Schott's Original Miscellany is a unique collection of fabulous trivia. What other book boasts an index that includes shoelace lengths, sign language, and the seven deadly sins; dueling and dwarves; the hair color of Miss America and the Hampton Court maze? Where else can you find, packed onto one page, the names of golf strokes, a history of the Hat Tax, cricketing dismissals, nouns of assemblage, an unofficial motto of the US Postal Service, and the flag of Guadeloupe? Where else but Schott's Original Miscellany will you stumble across John Lennon's cat, the supplier of bagpipes to the Queen, the labors of Hercules, and the brutal methods of murder encountered by Miss Marple? A book like no other, Schott's Original Miscellany is entertaining, informative, unpredictable, and utterly addictive.

    • Social Science

The Hidden Brain

How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives
Author: Shankar Vedantam
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9781588369390
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 9418
The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

    • Humor

Hanukcats

and Other Traditional Jewish Songs for Cats
Author: Laurie Loughlin
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452132577
Category: Humor
Page: 48
View: 5067
You can bet your blintzes that when it comes to the Jewish holidays, cats have just a few things in mind: treats, toys, and mischief. In 20 feline-centric takes on traditional songs, the furriest family members finally get to share in the festivities, singing the praises of spinning dreidels, gefilte fish, and other joys of the holidays. With all-new illustrations throughout and songs from Hannukah, Passover, and more, cat lovers will find plenty to giggle over and celebrate all year round in this brand-new edition of the classic book. Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Damp Squid

The English Language Laid Bare
Author: Jeremy Butterfield
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199239061
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 179
View: 3482
Delves into the way the English language developed throughout history and the manner in which it is used in the modern day through observations about its commonalities and peculiarities, enhanced with charts, examples, spelling, and idioms.

    • Political Science

Inventing Peace

A Dialogue on Perception
Author: Wim Wenders,Mary Zournazi
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857722700
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
View: 5259
Inventing Peace revolves around the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence. What are the ethical and moral consequences of looking, but not seeing, and, most of all, what has become of the notion of peace in all this? In the form of a written dialogue, Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi consider this question as one of the fundamental issues of our times as well as the need to reinvent a visual and moral language for peace. Inspired by various cinematic, philosophical, literary and artistic examples, Wenders and Zournazi reflect on the need for a change of perception in the everyday as well as in the creation of images. In its unique style and method, Inventing Peace demonstrates an approach to peace through sacred, ethical and spiritual means, to provide an alternative to the inhumanity of war and violence. Their book might help to make peace visible and tangible in new and unforeseen ways.

    • Humor

I Love Ranch Dressing

And Other Stuff White Midwesterners Like
Author: Cara Freie
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 0740790374
Category: Humor
Page: 192
View: 7995
If you like sporting novelty sweaters, dipping everything in ranch dressing, smothering your home with sunflowers and white wicker, and eating top-notch dinners at Cracker Barrel, then you might be a White Midwesterner (or at the very least you should move to the Midwest as soon as possible). Chock full of things that White Midwesterners love the most, I Love Ranch Dressing reveals the quirky tastes and characteristics of our favorite heartland residents. With good-natured fun and plenty of hilarious "authentic" photos, this real-life encyclopedia of White Midwesterners will have you snorting with laughter whether you live in the Midwest or not!

    • Languages, Artificial

The Art of Language Invention

From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-building
Author: David J. Peterson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0143126466
Category: Languages, Artificial
Page: 292
View: 7299
From master language creator David J. Peterson, creator of Game of Thrones' (HBO) Dothraki language, comes a creative guide to language construction. Peterson begins with a brief history of constructed languages, from Tolkien's creations to Klingon to the thriving global community of language construction. Then, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, Peterson offers a captivating and lucid overview, providing a basic foundation of essential linguistic tools for inventing and evolving one's own lexicon.

    • Foreign Language Study

What They Didn't Teach You in German Class

Slang Phrases for the Cafe, Club, Bar, Bedroom, Ball Game and More
Author: Daniel Chaffey
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 1612437354
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: N.A
View: 9226
Drinking a Hefeweizen at a Biergarten... Dancing at Berlin’s hottest club... Cheering for the local soccer team at the Stadion... Drop the textbook formality and chat with the locals in Germany’s everyday language. • What’s up? Wie geht’s? • He/She is a real hottie. Er/Sie ist eine ganz heiße Nummer. • What’s on tap? Was gibt’s vom Fass? • I ordered the Currywurst. Ich bin den Currywurst. • Do you wanna cuddle? Willst Du kuscheln? • Gooooooal! Toooooor!

    • Reference

Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany


Author: Ben Schott
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 9781582344065
Category: Reference
Page: 160
View: 6103
From the author of the international bestsellers Schott’s Original Miscellany and Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany comes the third and most playful installment in the series: a miscellanist’s wisdom from the worlds of sports, games, and idling. What other sporting book will explain the rules of elephant polo; the perils of the Cresta Run; the link between crosswords and the devil; the story behind the Nike “swoosh”; or why surfing is the “Sport of Kings” (in Hawaii)? Which other volume will list the seven deadly sins of golf; the secrets of Houdini’s Code; or the myriad personalities of the Pac-Man ghosts? Where else will you stumble across an account of Evel Kneival’s broken bones, a detailing of Mike Tyson’s tattoos, the nicknames for classic poker-hands, or every sporting ailment from jogger’s nipple to housemaid’s knee? You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy this irresistible volume of factual odds and ends. Schott’s Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany scores big with its fascinating hodge-podge of sports- and activity-related trivia.