The Curious Habits of Man

The Curious Habits of Man

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What is the one true secret to weight loss? What is the correct way to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Is the designated hitter rule the salvation of baseball or its undoing? Is it rational to be an optimist? Anda€”the question that haunts us alla€” should toilet paper unwind over the top of the roll or from underneath? In his first collection of essays, author Brian Kenneth Swain tackles hundreds of lifea€™s questions while exploring a vast array of subjectsa€”from tubas to two year-olds, from field goals to child labor laws, and from high school shop class to the worst round of golf ever played. With an acerbic wit and an honest approach, Swain shares his perspective on such pivotal matters as how to ski without losing a limb or your self-esteem, how to correctly prepare and consume lobster according to Maine standards, and whether marketing ploys hypnotically convince consumers to replace perfectly functioning items without a second thought. Swain encourages a kind of tongue-in-cheek thinking that prompts us to take a second look at the world around us. The Curious Habits of Man shares an amusing glimpse at life as one man contemplates many of our greatesta€”and smallesta€”questions.In less heady times, if youa#39;re, say, ralph Waldo Emerson, an essay can espouse a set of profound philosophical perspectives ... If ita#39;s the present day and youa#39;re David Sedaris, then your primary objective might be to make people turn a mirror on themselves for a few ... an elementary school teacher who demanded that we produce two or three cogent pages describing how we spent our summer vacation, anbsp;...

Title:The Curious Habits of Man
Author:Brian Kenneth Swain
Publisher:iUniverse - 2013-07-25


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