Babbitt (Oxford World's Classics) by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

A laugh and tragic via flip, Sinclair Lewis's vintage novel is a biting satire of middle-American values whose name has entered the language as a byword for boastful complacency, conformity, and materialism, and whose suburban pursuits are nonetheless a lot in facts. A profitable genuine property agent, George F. Babbitt is a member of all of the correct golf equipment, and unquestioningly stocks an analogous aspirations and concepts as his associates and fellow Boosters. but even Babbitt goals of romance and break out, and whilst his ally does whatever to throw his international the other way up, he rebels, and attempts to discover achievement in romantic adventures and liberal considering. Hilarious and poignant, Babbitt turns the highlight on heart the USA and strips naked the hypocrisy of commercial perform, social mores, politics, and non secular associations. In his advent and notes Gordon Hutner explores the novel's ancient and literary contexts, and highlights its wealthy cultural and social references. The ebook additionally beneficial properties an updated bibliography and explanatory notes that record and gloss the wealthy social heritage of the period.About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different important beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions by way of major specialists, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra examine, and lots more and plenty extra.

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

By Melissa Mohr

Virtually every person swears, or concerns approximately no longer swearing, from the 2 year-old who has simply came across the facility of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why another notice she hears is obscene. whether or not they show anger or excitement, are supposed to insult or to commend, swear phrases practice an important function in language. yet swearing is additionally a uniquely well-suited lens by which to examine background, supplying a desirable checklist 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 types of swearing--obscenities and oaths--from historical Rome and the Bible to this day. 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 anyone a *#$&!* after they reduce 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 while, whilst swearing (or now not swearing) an oath was once usually a question of lifestyles and demise. 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 global warfare II, examines the physiological results of swearing (increased center cost and larger soreness tolerance), and solutions a query that preoccupies the FCC, the USA Senate, and a person who has lately overheard sons and daughters at a playground: are we swearing extra now than humans did long ago?

A gem of lexicography and cultural historical past, Holy Sh*t is a significant exploration of obscenity--and it additionally simply could extend your repertoire of phrases to choose between the subsequent time you close your finger within the motor vehicle door.

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Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America by Stephen E. Kercher

By Stephen E. Kercher

We reside in a time very similar to the postwar period. A time of arch political conservatism and immense social conformity. A time during which our nation’s leaders query and problem the patriotism of these who oppose their regulations. yet sooner than there has been Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or invoice Maher, there have been Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce—liberal satirists who, via their wry and scabrous comedic exercises, waged battle opposed to the political ironies, contradictions, and hypocrisies in their instances. Revel with a reason is their tale. Stephen Kercher right here offers the 1st complete examine the satiric humor that flourished within the usa throughout the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties. concentrating on a powerful variety of comedy—not simply standup comedians of the day but in addition satirical guides like MAD journal, improvisational theater teams akin to moment urban, the movie Dr. Strangelove , and television exhibits like That was once the Week That was once —Kercher reminds us that the postwar period observed sorts of comedian expression that have been tougher and nonconformist than we normally keep in mind. His historical past of those comedic luminaries indicates that for a mammoth viewers of proficient, middle-class american citizens who shared such liberal perspectives, the period’s satire was once a very important mode of cultural dissent. For such participants, satire was once a car during which matters over the suppression of civil liberties, chilly conflict international guidelines, blind social conformity, and our heated racial situation might be productively addressed.  a colourful and probing examine the most influential comedy of mid-twentieth-century the USA, Revel with a reason belongs at the brief record of crucial books for an individual attracted to the connection among American politics and pop culture.

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The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges by Sharon M. Kaye

By Sharon M. Kaye

The Onion, with its particular model of deadpan satirical humor, has turn into a well-recognized a part of the yank scene. The newspaper has a readership of over 1000000, and it reaches hundreds of thousands extra with its spin-off books and The Onion information community. The Onion has proven us that ordinary methods of considering the inside track have their ugly and foolish facet, and this invitations philosophical exam. Twenty-one philosophers have been commissioned to determine simply what makes the Onion so honest and insightful. Are the Onion writers actually cynical, or simply cynically faking it? Does the Onion relatively have a significant viewpoint on faith? On intercourse? On politics? Who cares what region guy thinks? If everyone’s so dumb, how come such a lot of Onion readers carry on giggling at how dumb they are?

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Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max

By Tucker Max

What do you do once you write a no 1 bestselling publication approximately your drunken, sexual misadventures that makes you wealthy and recognized? have a good time by means of getting extra inebriated and having insane quantities of intercourse, evidently. And beautiful quickly you've acquired one other fucking booklet in your hands.

Stuffed filled with ridiculous tales of undesirable judgements, debauchery, and sexual recklessness, Assholes end First starts off the place i am hoping They Serve Beer In Hell left off, then proceeds to "some next-level shit."

You already know the way ladies react to self assurance, online game, and vodka, yet what occurs if you happen to upload funds and reputation to the combination? You get solutions to the not easy questions you've by no means considered asking:

• What's it prefer to have intercourse with a midget? What approximately midgets?

• How does it suppose to get a number of requests to "fuck for charity"?

• What does it do to a guy to monitor a 19-year-old do wind sprints to sober up, in order that she will have intercourse with you earlier than her dual sister does?

• At how many virgins does deflowering them cease being enjoyable and begin feeling like a job?

• while a lady you met 3 hours in the past comes to a decision to tattoo your identify subsequent to her pussy, what's the applicable reaction?

• are you able to X-ray a blowjob?

The solutions are inside of, they're absurd and hilarious, and they're the made from one man's experiences:

His identify is Tucker Max, and he's nonetheless an asshole.

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Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? (True by Allyson Beatrice

By Allyson Beatrice

Allyson Beatrice lives a not-quite-ordinary lifestyles. Her task and virtually every person she is aware are the results of spending an excessive amount of time on the net speaking approximately vampires, slayers and lesbian witches. And her encounters are much more strange than you'll think. A hilarious choice of real tales from Allyson's days as one of many Internet's major cult television fan specialists, her mind-boggling escapades comprise conferences with community executives in darkish steakhouses to attempt to save lots of doomed television exhibits and one rapidly prepared marriage ceremony for 2 devoted Buffy fanatics. sincere, emotional and side-splittingly snarky, Allyson Beatrice brings a clean voice to those wild yet real tales. Will the Vampire humans Please go away the foyer? welcomes you to a enjoyable and infrequently strange global the place stupidity frustrates, wit triumphs and connections are made in very unlikely ways...a global, actually, no longer too diverse from our personal.

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Unicorn Western (Unicorn Western, Book 1) by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant

By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant

Solid out from the mystical state of the world and into the demise wilderness of the Sands past, Marshal Clint Gulliver and his unicorn Edward have eventually came across peace within the small and dusty city of Solace. For the 1st time on the grounds that leaving the area, Clint has dared to feel free, getting hitched to his bride to be, Mai. but if town faces a dangerous coming near near enemy, the gunslinger feels pressured unholster his seven-shooters to stand it... and the darkish magic it brings with it.

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Gulliver's Travels (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jonathan Swift

By Jonathan Swift

Thought of the best satire ever written in English, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels chronicles the glorious voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, mostly to 4 great nation-states: Lilliput, the place the folk are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land inhabited by means of giants; Laputa, a wondrous flying island; and a rustic the place the Houyhnhnms, a race of clever horses, are served by way of savage humanoid creatures known as Yahoos.

Beneath the outside of this captivating delusion lurks a devastating critique of human malevolence, stupidity, greed, vainness, and short-sightedness. a super blend of event, humor, and philosophy, Gulliver’s Travels is one in all literature’s so much sturdy masterpieces.

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