RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 318242679 LA English T1 A good talk : the story and skill of conversation A1 Menaker, Daniel., PB Twelve PP New York YR 2010 SN 9780446540025 0446540021 AB This book is a guide to the art of conversation. In it the author helps readers navigate the shallows, reefs, and open seas of conversation. After discussing the origins of language and social talk, he explains how good conversations work. Focusing on first encounters and a single recorded exchange, the author shows that such talks have four stages: Survey, Discover, Risk, and Roles. He then addresses the deeper concerns that underlie conversations and their common social dilemmas and opportunities, from insults to instant messaging, from dating to dinner-ordering, from the value of humour to the handling of hubris. The book considers the physical benefits of conversation and its indispensable place in our social, moral, amd political lives. -- From book jacket.