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Book ’em, Danno

on April 13, 2012

I love books. And when I saw a headline for ‘an eclectic collection of books’ by Melville House featured on Fab.com recently, my curiosity was piqued. An eclectic collection indeed. You can keep your alleged classics like War and Peace or Ulysses, I’ll take How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees, a master in “the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening”. According to the hardcover of this 224 page book, it’s perfect for flange turners, anglesmiths and civil servants. I don’t know any of them folk, but I do know some contractors and apparently it’ll be right up their street too. (On another note, if you do know a flange turner or anglesmith, please let me know. And tell me what they do.)

Or maybe Drunk is more your thing. (No judgement.) Written by word nut Paul Dickson, it’s basically a list of 2,964 synonyms for ‘drunk’ (including such classics as roasted, whazood, whiskey frisky and Boris Yeltsinned). So now you know.

But the choice doesn’t end there – oh no. How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive or I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me or the beautifully covered (yes, I know the old saying, but I’m shallow) RotisRoasts for every day of the week (including slightly off-putting pictures of cute animal faces).

So, whether you’re an avid reader, love a pretty bookshelf or you’re a flange turner looking for a helpful tome, this collection could be eclectic enough to suit!

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6 responses to “Book ’em, Danno

  1. Bernard Lassimone says:

    I am intrigued to know whether the first tome is 224 pages long because the author has identified numerous ways of sharpening a pencil or he has gone to great lengths to describe the process?

    • Cate says:

      Ever at your service, I have done some research. Firstly, to determine that your clever alias was in fact the first person to patent the pencil sharpener, back in 1828. Nicely played. Now, to your question, from the horse’s mouth (almost):

      Now, in a book that is both a manifesto and a fully-illustrated walk-through of the many, many, many ways to sharpen a pencil, he reveals the secrets of his craft. By the time you’re through this book, you will know how to get the perfect point on your pencil without injuring yourself.

      Just don’t tell Mr Rees that there is a wiki claiming to show you how to sharpen a pencil in 5 easy steps (with pictures).

  2. Laurie says:

    Rotis is the “go to” book on my shelf when I want to roast a new type animal (nothing beats it’s roast pigeon recipe). Its a different class to those other crazy books.

    • Cate says:

      It takes all types though, Laurie. Your roast pigeon is another’s sharp 2B pencil… Now there’s a profound thought for a Friday afternoon… 🙂

  3. I Have ‘Rotis’, too. I would like to exchange it for ‘Drunk’. Any takers?

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