The Cynic's Dictionary

The Cynic's Dictionary

by Rick Bayan
     
 

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For fans of Dave Barry and Gary Larson, 900-plus definitions for the outraged idealist in all of us.

The Cynics Dictionary fills the need we all have to reassure ourselves that we're right—things are a mess. The world is falling apart. And if we can't always fix it, at least we can still poke fun at it. Brash, bold, and brilliant, irascible and

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For fans of Dave Barry and Gary Larson, 900-plus definitions for the outraged idealist in all of us.

The Cynics Dictionary fills the need we all have to reassure ourselves that we're right—things are a mess. The world is falling apart. And if we can't always fix it, at least we can still poke fun at it. Brash, bold, and brilliant, irascible and irreverent.

Author Biography: Rick Bayan has been an editor of "Rubber Age" and "Container News." He has also written with cynical gusto about plumbing fixtures for Time-Life Books. In the process, he has won five advertising awards. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688129224
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.89(d)

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ABNORMAL
Occupying a point outside the shifting boundaries of social convention, like a same-sex couple before the 1970s or a twenty-two-year-old virgin today. Others now living beyond the fringe include rhyming poets, English-speaking cab drivers, solitary restaurant patrons, celibate celebrities, non academics who read anything written before 1920, businesspeople who read anything written before last Friday, Japanese underachievers, American students who can locate Japan on a map, and anyone who still says whom.

Excerpted from The Cynics Dictionary. Copyright © 1994 by Rick Bayan.

Meet the Author

Rick Bayan has been an editor of "Rubber Age" and "Container News." He has also written with cynical gusto about plumbing fixtures for Time-Life Books. In the process, he has won five advertising awards. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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