Banish awkward silences, boring weather talk, or (worst of all) the embarrassing conversation gaff with this pithy, hilarious guide to effortless party banter. Weave all been there. Youare at a party, surrounded by the most important people in your life. Youare cool. Youare casual. Youare 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?] aRasputin. Sure, Rasputin. The Russian guy, right? Who . . . who . . . whooooo was Russian.a aChe Guevara? You mean the dancer?a aOh 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, youall know that Chicago Seven wasnat a boy band, Martin Luther never fought for civil rights, and Franz Kafka isnat German for aI have a bad cold.a Youall be the smart one whoas the center of conversationaand 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|