The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties

The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties

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Banish awkward silences, boring weather talk, or (worst of all) the embarrassing conversation gaff with this pithy, hilarious guide to effortless party banter. Wea€™ve all been there. Youa€™re at a party, surrounded by the most important people in your life. Youa€™re cool. Youa€™re casual. Youa€™re witty and urbane. Until suddenly, quite unexpectedly, things take a turn for the worse when a subject thought to be common knowledge is lobbed your way. A hush falls over the room and every head seems to swivel expectantly in your direction. [ART: SET THESE OFF IN A DIFFERENT COLOR?] a€œRasputin. Sure, Rasputin. The Russian guy, right? Who . . . who . . . whooooo was Russian.a€ a€œChe Guevara? You mean the dancer?a€ a€œOh my God! Mao Tse-tung? They have the best chicken with cashews!a€ The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties was written with just this moment in mind. In fourteen pain-free, laughter-filled chapters, authors David Matalon and Chris Woolsey brush away years of cobwebs on subjects as wide-ranging as the typical round of Jeopardy: war, science, politics, philosophy, the arts, business, literature, music, religion, and more. Armed with The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties, youa€™ll know that Chicago Seven wasna€™t a boy band, Martin Luther never fought for civil rights, and Franz Kafka isna€™t German for a€œI have a bad cold.a€ Youa€™ll be the smart one whoa€™s the center of conversationa€”and nothing beats that feeling.... before their creation, was setting trends by introducing mena#39;s style into womenls wear, as opposed to the organcrushing corset vogue of the previous century. ... 5, and when asked by a young woman, aquot;VVhere should one use perfume?

Title:The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties
Author:David Matalon, Chris Woolsey
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2006-10-10


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