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101 Damnations

The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells

Edited by Michael J. Rosen

Thomas Dunne Books

Dear flappable reader:
Do you bristle at a handshake that resembles a limp fish? Do oblivious pedestrians bring you to the brink? What about museum gift shops, superfluous courtesy (do we need a gas pump to show us gratitude?), behemoth SUVS, or inexplicable operating manuals? Have you had it with screeching leaf blowers, beseeching telemarketers, escalating movie-ticket prices, or proliferating celebrity magazines? Is it children's choirs or karaoke singers, waiters bearing pepper grinders or dinner guests blathering on about salt, that drives you to distraction?

For anyone who has recognized that this peaceful kingdom of ours has more than a few potholes, 101 Damnations is the perfect companion. It's your ticket to the nine circles of personal hell.

Armed with wit, bewilderment, and words to the wise ass, today's leading humorists conduct a brief tour of the trivial and often universal exasperations we all must endure. Among the damning, Henry Alford reveals our wanton desire to affect Britishisms. Sandra Tsing Loh has it in for people who forward "funny" e-mails. Once and for all, Merrill Markoe sets forth cell phone etiquette. And there are many, many others. Ninety-eight to be exact. Make yourself comfortable. Misery loves company.

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101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells
Circle 1THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INVENTIONSNew Items in the Devil's Workshop1A Damnation, Directed Toward TelemarketersTim Carvell 
 
 
 
Let us imagine a domestic scene. A husband--whom we shall refer to, for purposes of speed and dramatic clarity, as Husband--is addressing his wife, Wife. "I've been thinking," he says, "and I feel like we really ought to switch our long-distance service. I'm certain that there must be a cheaper alternative out there.""Yes," Wife replies. "If only we knew where
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Praise for 101 Damnations

"It's a great mood booster to know that we're not alone." - Dayton Daily News

"We could make our own list of...vexations...chances are we would not have the wit to express them so humorously." - Nashville Tennessean

"Rosen gives neglected humor writers pages for fresh rants." - Playboy

"Laugh-out-loud gems." - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Edited by Michael J. Rosen

  • Michael J. Rosen is the author, illustrator, or editor of something like fifty books for both adults and children, including the biennial humor series, Mirth of a Nation.
  • Michael Rosen Copyright Will Shively
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101 Damnations

The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells

Edited by Michael J. Rosen

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Thomas Dunne Books

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