Thursday, November 10, 2011

CJ Reviews - The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring by Lawrence Dorfman

ISBN #: 978-1602397606
Page Count: 192
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

It's impossible to go a full day without using snark, so why fight it? Snark is everywhere, from television to movies to everyday life. This lively collection provides hours of entertainment - better than an Etch-A-Sketch, and more fun than Silly Putty! At the heart of it, being in a state of snark can be one of the most useful tools at one's disposal and hence (yes, I used "hence"), a powerful way to get what you want. With snark, you can catch people completely off-guard, and royally piss them off.

CJ's Review:

The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring by Lawrence Dorfman was both quick and fun to read. I think that everyone uses snarkiness in conversation these days. In case you don't know, snark means: biting wit, smartass remark, slyly disparaging comment or bastardization of.

I was drawn to this book for the simple reason that being snarky is just another way to make people laugh, which I like to do. This is basically a book that leads you through 14 chapters of any kind of condition in life and gives you examples of snarky remarks or situations in which snarkism can be used. The chapters go in this order:
  1. Sex
  2. Relationships
  3. Children
  4. Work
  5. Money and the Economy
  6. Politics and the Media
  7. Drugs, Drinking and the Law
  8. Movies
  9. Television
  10. Literature
  11. Music
  12. Sports
  13. Religion
  14. Death and Dying
What I thought was cool was that you got quotes from plenty of famous people, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Denis Leary, on snarkiness. I laughed so much at this book that I have to give you some examples from it. And they are ...
  • Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4 p.m. and then bring it in to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.
  • I can't believe that out of 10,000 sperm, you were the quickest. - Steven Pearl
  • My mother never saw the irony of calling me son-of-a-bitch. - Jack Nicholson
Anyway, those are just a few ... if you get the opportunity to read this book, don't let that opportunity pass you by. Very funny read.

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