Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

?A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom.??Stephen Fry In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns demonstrate the essence of creativity. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there?s the serendipitous wit of scientists, the cra ?A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom.??Stephen Fry In ...

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Title:Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It
Author:James Geary
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393254941
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:128 pages pages

Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It Reviews

  • Alison
    Feb 02, 2019
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  • Andrienne
    Sep 23, 2018
    Each chapter offers the delight of what wit can do. It?s a brilliant way of showing how wit works rather than merely describe it. Thanks to the publisher for access to the advance reading copy. ...
  • Stven
    May 21, 2019
    I'm going to have to declare this book a failure. At the beginning I thought we were going to get somewhere useful with the topic, starting with a little history describing how the "fruit" of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil got written in as an apple in 382 because the adjec...
  • Jeff
    Feb 07, 2019
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  • Nick Armstrong
    Dec 07, 2018
    Skip over the chapter with all the medical references and you?ll have a 4-star book, easily. ...
  • Anne Libera
    Feb 14, 2019
    I wanted this to be better. I wanted to like it better. There is really good information about comedy, humor, and wit here and there are elements that are conveyed with (yes) true wit in the sense that a truth is genuinely illuminated in a novel and artful fashion. But there is a lot o...
  • Daryl
    Mar 31, 2019
    This one was ok, but a bit disappointing. I'm all for futzing with form and convention and writing in modes that suit the matter, but some of Geary's playing with genre here was just poorly executed, and I think I would have preferred a straight history of wit. There was a lot more fla...
  • Danielle Baranowski
    Jan 27, 2019
    An interesting look at wit, told via various forms of humor. Interesting, but not to my taste. ...
  • Roy Goble
    Feb 19, 2019
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  • Trudy
    Nov 15, 2018
    Geary's Wit's End is not strictly a humor book, though there is plenty of humor within it. In portions of the book he explores how we think and what wit is (and is not) on a historical and even a neurological level. Extensive notes, bibliography, and index are included for those who wi...
  • Danni Green
    Apr 15, 2019
    I was really looking forward to this, but I can't remember why. The layout, for one thing, felt like the author was having a protracted inside joke with himself and forgot to let the reader in on it. There were a few interesting and/or clever bits, but even for a book this thin, there ...
  • Barry
    Feb 09, 2019
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  • David
    Mar 25, 2019
    Let's call it 2.5 stars because there were some good jokes and an occasional "witticism" worth the time. But overall, not a bit memorable, especially since he NEVER came through on the promise of the subtitle -- if I had to write one sentence about what the author thinks wit is, it wou...
  • Kathy
    Apr 08, 2019
    What a joy this book was to read! ...
  • Max Hechter
    Mar 22, 2019
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  • Vivek
    Dec 22, 2018
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  • Elliot Chalom
    Mar 25, 2019
    Well, it was a good try. A lot of fun and even thoughtful comments in here, sprinkled around a mostly boring text. This review by "David" sums it up perfectly. No need for me to repeat. ...
  • Mich
    Nov 27, 2018
    James Geary extols all aspects of wit. Starting with puns, then repartee in conversations, jokes, scientific evaluations of brain images associated with wit, visual wit in art (troupe d?oeil), historical, literary, folk tales, biblical and Talmudic references are dissected in a (what...
  • Ivor Armistead
    Nov 16, 2018
    Wit. Amusing, a bit. ...
  • Joel
    Feb 18, 2019
    I really liked this book--a look at wit, including puns, jive, insults, each chapter written in a different style. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Dec 19, 2018
    Embarrassingly, excruciatingly bad. I'd ask how anyone let this twee nonsense get to publication but a cursory Google tells me it's a bloke who went to Harvard and worked at a bunch of media outlets, so he obviously has important friends. Sadly, they were not good enough friends to tel...
  • Andrea Engle
    Feb 01, 2019
    The gifted author is obviously a witty follower of his own sage advice ... clever notes on how to be creatively humorous ... a very entertaining read ... although I nearly gave it up when the author proposed a dialogue between Denis Diderot and Madame De Stael ... ...
  • Sarah Mullican
    Mar 31, 2019
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  • Ben Auwaerter
    Mar 24, 2019
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  • Valerie R
    May 10, 2019
    SOooooo dry. Should be subtitled: How to Suck all the Humour Out of Wit. A little too academic to be funny. ...
  • Michael G
    Nov 27, 2018
    Geary puts wit on the spit. Well done. ...
  • Ivan Mitrovic
    Dec 03, 2018
    Not much more than a wit classification book, with chapters devoted to pun, metaphor, jive... and examples. I was hoping for ?instructions? on how to train your wit. Found one useful thing though. The book mentioned RAT (Remote Associations Test) which I think is very useful for ki...
  • Matthew Geerling
    Mar 12, 2019
    Uniquely written in different styles, from conversational fables to rap. ...
  • Alyna Khan
    Dec 20, 2018
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  • Isabelle
    Mar 01, 2019
    This book was a quick and an enjoyable read. Each chapter has a different format to best highlight what the chapter theme was. This was well done, however, some chapters were not as well executed but the book as a whole made up for these shortcomings. Not to be mistaken with a how-to-w...