A lighthearted look at the mishandling of the English language by ‘the man with the funny name’
Author: Gervase Phinn
Publisher: Country Publications Ltd
Sometimes what we say and write can lead to a great deal of misunderstanding and unintentional humour, as bestselling author and former school inspector Gervase Phinn shows in his book ‘Gervase Phinn’s Mangled English’, a humorous anthology of the mistakes, misprints, malapropisms and misunderstandings in the English language.
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The residents of the Mesa Flats Resort in Arizona have done it allcareer, marriage, divorce, kids. You name it, and youll find someone whos lived through it. Mesa Flats is a retirement community for active, fifty-five-and-up folks who enjoy warm weather, golf, and heady banter. The HOA keeps an eye on everyone, but lately it seems like the HOA needs someone to keep an eye on it, too. Larry Armstrong, an Iowan by birth, serves as the HOA president. Marge Dunlap, the consummate event planner, works with a sidekickSissy Sprattle, a feisty, eighty-two-year-old from DCto keep the entertainment ball rolling in Mesa Flats. Dennis Packard does the handy work, and Carl Ziggler, a retired Omaha policeman, heads security. Things get a little flashy, though, when Marges old friend, Gail, comes to visit. Gail Simmons is from Columbus, Ohio. She loves seeing her old friend Marge; she loves the hot Sonora Desert weather, too. Maybe love is just in the air, especially when Gail meets Larry. Marge has her eye on a particularly charismatic prospector from Colorado, but bad seed Jack Stoker has his own outcome in mind. Things arent always relaxing at the Mesa Flats Resort but theyre always unexpected!
From the detention centre on Ellis Island, Ludwig Somner looks across a small stretch of water to the glittering towers of New York, which whisper seductively of freedom after so many years of wandering through a perlious, suffering Europe. Remarque's final novel, left unfinished at his death, tells of the precarious life of the refugee – life lived in hotel lobbies, on false passports, the strange, ill-assorted refugee community held together by an unspeakable past. For Somner, each new luxury - ice cream served in drugstores, bright shop windows, art, a new suit, a new romance - has a bittersweet edge. Memories of war and inhumanity continue to resurface even in this peaceful promised land. A haunting snapshot of a unique time, place and predicament, this is another powerful comment from Remarque on the devastating effects of war.
The essays in The Story About the Story Vol. II chart a trajectory that digs deep into the past and aims toward a future in which literature can play a new and more profound role in how we think, read, live, and write. In the second volume of The Story About the Story, editor J. C. Hallman continues to argue for an alternative to the staid five-paragraph-essay writing that has inoculated so many against the effects of good books. Writers have long approached writing about reading from an intensely personal perspective, incorporating their pasts and their passions into their process of interpretation. Never before collected in a single volume, the many essays Hallman has compiled build on the idea of a "creative criticism," and offers new possibilities for how to write about reading. The Story About the Story Vol. II documents not only an identifiable trend in writing about books that can and should be emulated, it also offers lessons from a remarkable range of celebrated authors that amount to an invaluable course on both how to write and how to read well. Whether they discuss a staple of the canon (Thomas Mann on Leo Tolstoy), the merits of a contemporary (Vivian Gornick on Grace Paley), a pillar of genre-writing (Jane Tompkins on Louis L’Amour), or, arguably, the funniest man on the planet (David Shields on Bill Murray), these essays are by turns poignant, smart, suggestive, intellectual, humorous, sassy, scathing, laudatory, wistful, and hopeful—and above all deeply engaged in a process of careful reading. The essays in The Story About the Story Vol. II chart a trajectory that digs deep into the past and aims toward a future in which literature can play a new and more profound role in how we think, read, live, and write.
What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
Pae Robin is the nom de plume of Peter James Robinson. He was born in Manly, Sydney Australia on 19 November 1953. He lives in Canberra with his family. He's written plays and satire for stage and radio; hes also written theatre and book reviews, and arts and science articles for newspapers. Hes had many years experience as an actor. The Nuns Tale is his first novel.