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Wit's end : what wit is, how it works, and why we need it

Author: James Geary
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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 crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Geary
ISBN: 9780393254945 0393254941
OCLC Number: 1055567100
Description: x, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Oft was thought, an essay in sixty-four lines --
One bad apple, or, An apology for paronomasia --
Thirty-five days in May --
Watchers at the gates of mind: wit and its relation to Witzelsucht, malapropisms, and bipolar disorder --
Perfect witty expressions and how to make them --
Advanced banter --
An ode to wit --
Turning words --
My name is Wit --
Slapstick metaphysics --
The chains of habit --
Finding minds --
Ambiguous figures --
Wisdom of the sages --
True wit --
Wit's end.
Other Titles: What wit is, how it works, and why we need it
Responsibility: James Geary.

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