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The United States Of Laughter

Author : Andrew Tarvin
ISBN : 0999381903
Genre : Travel
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At the age of 31, Andrew Tarvin made the practical decision to rid himself of most of his belongings, leave his apartment in NYC, and travel the country out of two bags. Through his journey to all 50 states, he discovered that, despite what we may see on the news or read on the internet, there is one thing that unites all Americans: laughter.

No Laughter In Nafta

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ISBN : UCSD:31822025783291
Genre : Foreign trade and employment
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Public Papers Of The Presidents Fo The United States George W Bush

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Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States

Author : United States. President
ISBN : UCR:31210021235369
Genre : Presidents
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"Containing the public messages, speeches, and statements of the President", 1956-1992.

The Senses Of Humor

Author : Daniel Wickberg
ISBN : 9780801454370
Genre : History
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Why do modern Americans believe in something called a sense of humor, and how did they come to that belief? Daniel Wickberg traces the relatively short cultural history of the concept to its British origins as a way to explore new conceptions of the self and social order in modern America. More than simply the history of an idea, Wickberg's study provides new insights into a peculiarly modern cultural sensibility. The expression "sense of humor" was first coined in the 1840s, and the idea that such a sense was a personality trait to be valued developed only in the 1870s. What is the relationship between medieval humoral medicine and this distinctively modern idea of the sense of humor? What has it meant in the past 125 years to declare that someone lacks a sense of humor? Why do modern Americans say it is a good thing not to take oneself seriously? How is the joke, as a twentieth-century quasi-literary form, different from the traditional folktale? Wickberg addresses these questions among others and in the process uses the history of ideas to throw new light on the way contemporary Americans think and speak about humor and laughter. The context of Wickberg's analysis is Anglo-American; the specifically British meanings of humor and laughter from the sixteenth century forward provide the framework for understanding American cultural values in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The genealogy of the sense of humor is, like the study of keywords, an avenue into a significant aspect of the cultural history of modernity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives, Wickberg's analysis challenges many of the prevailing views of modern American culture and suggests a new model for cultural historians.

Laughter In My Misery

Author : Phoenix J. Mirage
ISBN : 9781622123957
Genre : Fiction
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Part 1 of The Raconteur Trilogy consists of eleven stories, each challenging the threshold of a specific genre. The stories cross the boundaries of status quo to defy what audiences have become accustomed to expect from a particular style of writing. In the beginning, a little girl of low socioeconomic status matches wits with the so-called university elite, bringing them to their knees after having discovered the true essence of wisdom and knowledge. The stories continue to excite and challenge, as each character's actions give new meaning to the words vengeance and retribution. The book ends with a man who reaches the height of the papacy, only to lose it all when he consciously refuses the path to redemption in the hope that God would turn a blind eye to his unrighteous deeds. The stories take place in Spain, Rome, Jamaica, America, and Australia, while the time frame spans 1945 to 2011, capturing each era and bringing it to life. See why Laughter in My Misery is like no other book, as it dares to cross the boundaries of genres.

Laughter In The Shadows

Author : Stuart Methven
ISBN : 9781612515762
Genre : History
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This memoir of a CIA operations officer captures the spirit of the early years of the Agency, a period sometimes described as its 'finest hours.' Using the alias 'St. Martin,' Stuart Methven served in the CIA from the 1950s through the 1970s. The book opens by describing the author's training in the clandestine arts and subsequent assignment to Asia in a country he calls 'Bushido.' There he is involved in numerous operations, including one that takes him under the ocean, and earns his case officer's 'brevet.' A nation-building program in 'Cham' follows, which begins well enough and includes his gaining a tribal leader's confidence by parachuting badly needed supplies to his mountain village. It ends abruptly, however, with a coup d'etat and civil war that forces Methven's evacuation, the first of several during his career. His next assignment is in South Vietnam working to counter another budding insurgency. Methven spends four years in the mountain and delta provinces of Vietnam before being given a sabbatical for graduate work in international studies back in the states. After completing his studies, he returns to Southeast Asia as a deputy station chief with a focus on a large Soviet mission in Samudra and the recruitment of Soviet military officers. Promoted to station chief, his final assignment is in central Africa, where his station becomes center stage for a large covert operation that eventually involves the Soviets and Cubans. Glimpses of the CIA from the inside are rare, and Methven's recollections of his experiences during a formative period in the Agency's history will be of particular value to those with an interest in the CIA and international affairs and in spy stories.

Only Joking

Author : Jimmy Carr
ISBN : 1440627207
Genre : Humor
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Britain’s hottest young comedian presents a seriously funny, up-close look at joking matters—from the social origins of laughter, to the art and craft of humor, to why we can never remember the punch line—featuring over 300 jokes. As the host of the hit game show Distraction (now in its third season on Comedy Central) and one of the premier stand-up acts working today, award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr has won over millions of fans around the world with his trademark rapier wit, laced with "exquisitely economical and perfectly timed one-liners" (The Guardian). For this book he teams up with friend and fellow comedy writer Lucy Greeves to take an in-depth look at where humor comes from and how it works, through exploring its purest form: the joke. Only Joking begins with the mechanism of laughter—how it happens and why even infants do it—then delves into the power of the punch line, exploring the basics of all jokes, from the use of shock and surprise to advanced stand-up techniques such as the "pull-back/reveal." Carr and Greeves go on to explore taboo humor, jokes that bomb, and the psychology of finding something funny. They look into the long-standing connection between politics and humor, and discuss the survival prospects for contentious jokes in the current political climate. Throughout the book they conjure up a supporting cast of colorful joke enthusiasts, from Sigmund Freud to Lenny Bruce, and discuss their influence on the jokes we tell today. Surveying across national, ethnic, and gender divides, this rollicking analysis of why joking will always be close to the human heart is an irresistible exploration of humor that makes clear why we need a good laugh now more than ever.

What Made Freud Laugh

Author : Judith Kay Nelson
ISBN : 9780415998321
Genre : Psychology
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In her characteristically engaging style, Nelson explores a topic that has fascinated and frustrated scholars for centuries. Initially drawn to the meaning of laughter through her decades of work studying crying from an attachment perspective, Nelson argues that laughter is based in the attachment system, which explains much about its confusing and apparently contradictory qualities. Laughter may represent connection or detachment. It can invite closeness, or be a barrier to it. Some laughter helps us cope with stress, other laughter may serve as a defense and represent resistance to growth and change. Nelson resolves these paradoxes and complexities by linking attachment-based laughter with the exploratory/play system in infancy, and the social/affiliative system, the conflict/appeasement, sexual/mating, and fear/wariness systems of later life. An attachment perspective also helps to explain the source of different patterns and uses of laughter, suggests how and why they may vary according to attachment style, and explain the multiple meanings of laughter in the context of the therapeutic relationship. As she discovers, attachment has much to teach us about laughter, and laughter has much to teach us about attachment. This lively book sheds light on the ways in which we connect, grow, and transform and how, through shared humor, play, and delight, we have fun doing so.

The Bonus Of Laughter

Author : Alan Pryce-Jones
ISBN : 9780571297818
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Alan Pryce-Jones (1908-2000) had a gift for living, for moving between countries and occupations, and above all for enjoying himself throughout. His memoir offers a highly entertaining account of these varied peregrinations and preoccupations. After Eton and Oxford and a stint on the London Mercury he married and moved to Vienna, joined the army upon the outbreak of war, and after the collapse of France became involved in military intelligence work, returning to Vienna with the Army of Occupation. In peacetime he joined the staff of the Times Literary Supplement, where he would be editor for twelve years. After his second marriage he moved to New York where he was book critic for the Herald Tribune. 'There is charity, gaiety, toughness and good sense in this book.' Alan Massie, Times 'Engaging, stylish.' John Gross, Observer

Zachariah Chandler

Author : Detroit post and tribune
ISBN : UOM:39015038691013
Genre : Legislators
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Irony And Outrage

Author : Dannagal Goldthwaite Young
ISBN : 9780190913106
Genre : Political Science
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For almost a decade, journalists and pundits have been asking why we don't see successful examples of political satire from conservatives or of opinion talk radio from liberals. This book turns that question on its head to argue that opinion talk is the political satire of the right and political satire is the opinion programming of the left. They look and feel like two different animals because their audiences are literally, two different animals. In Irony and Outrage, political and media psychologist Dannagal Goldthwaite Young explores the aesthetics, underlying logics, and histories of these two seemingly distinct genres, making the case that they should be thought of as the logical extensions of the psychology of the left and right, respectively. One genre is guided by ambiguity, play, deliberation, and openness, while the other is guided by certainty, vigilance, instinct, and boundaries. While the audiences for Sean Hannity and John Oliver come from opposing political ideologies, both are high in political interest, knowledge, and engagement, and both lack faith in many of our core democratic institutions. Young argues that the roles that these two genres play for their viewers are strikingly similar: galvanizing the opinion of the left or the right, mobilizing citizens around certain causes, and expressing a frustration with traditional news coverage while offering alternative sources of information and meaning. One key way in which they differ, however, concludes Young, is in their capacity to be exploited by special interests and political elites. Drawing on decades of research on political and media psychology and media effects, as well as historical accounts and interviews with comedians and comedy writers, Young unpacks satire's liberal "bias" and juxtaposes it with that of outrage's conservative "bias." She details how traits like tolerance for ambiguity and the motivation to engage with complex ideas shape our preferences for art, music, and literature; and how those same traits correlate with political ideology. In turn, she illustrates how these traits help explain why liberals and conservatives vary in the genres of political information they prefer to create and consume.

Laughter In The Dark

Author : Vladimir Nabokov
ISBN : 0811216748
Genre : Fiction
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Originally published: New York: New Directions, 1960. With new introduction.

Nervous Laughter

Author : Darrell Y. Hamamoto
ISBN : 0275940500
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"Hamamoto explores the vast wasteland of television and provides a provocative reading of the social and political significance of a neglected mediated text. . . . . Indispensible for students and scholars of television, popular culture, and comedy." Choice

War And Laughter

Author : James Oppenheim
ISBN : 0530505045
Genre : History
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Laughter File

Author : Mark Chandler
ISBN : 9781409223498
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A compilation of hilarious jokes, grouped into nine fantastic categories:Activities Blonde Jokes ListsPuns Riddles Short JokesStory Jokes Tongue Twisters TrueThese jokes, fun for all the family, have been collected, sorted and re-written to provide you with hours of entertainment.Enjoy finding out your StarWars name, how Rhonda the Blonde got around the Y2k issue, and the similaritiesbetween Lincoln and Kennedy!Tease your family with the hardest tongue twister in the English language, and testout the 50 Fun Things to Do in a Lift!Enjoy The Laughter File with your family!

Laughter In The Canyon

Author : Laura Thompson
ISBN : 9781859641934
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Can soulmates find a way to breach the bonds of time and distance to find love and happiness?

Venom And Laughter

Author : J C Altrocchi; Paul Hemenway Altrocchi
ISBN : 1469788357
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The mid-1800s were years of unrest, foment, and violent ethnic and racial prejudice. Outwardly peaceful Connecticut towns were no exception. Irish immigrants were castigated as a lowly race. They faced hateful venom with courage and laughter, becoming significant contributors to American culture. The authors vividly describe this little known facet of our country’s history, which included torture and murder.

Abe Lincoln S Legacy Of Laughter

Author : Paul M. Zall
ISBN : 1572335858
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Abraham Lincoln's Legacy of Laughter, a substantial revision of P. M. Zall's 1982 classic, Abe Lincoln Laughing, consists of stories, jokes, and anecdotes on a wide range of topics by and about Abraham Lincoln before and after he became president. Establishing which tales are authentic and which are frauds and delusions, Abraham Lincoln's Legacy of Laughter includes stories derived from Lincoln's writings and speeches; writings by others up to April 1865; post-Civil War writings by those who knew him; and writings by others about Lincoln in later decades, including a sample from the twentieth century. Within each group, entries are arranged in the order they appeared in print. The volume contains notes, a bibliography, an index of the entries by section, and a subject index.

A Lifetime Of Laughter

Author : Milt Huntington
ISBN : 9781105404351
Genre : Maine
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