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A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation [Paperback]

Item : A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation [Paperback]
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Author Author : Menaker, Daniel
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0446540013
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780446540018
Publisher Publisher : Twelve
Pages Pages : 240
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 102456792
The art of conversation is in decline, and Daniel Menaker has hastened that decline by writing prose that is so funny, surprising, and habit-forming that the reader is inclined to cancel all social engagements and stay in at night with this book. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to resist an author who compares Socrates to
Columbo. Mary Roach, author of Stiff How can a single book be so learned, so wise, so helpful, and so short?A Good Talkis a great delight. Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier Just when it seems our society has forgotten how vital it is to our health and well being to have both intimate and public productive conversation, Daniel Menaker brings us A Good Talk. This intelligent and thoughtful exploration of human communication happens to be very entertaining, but more importantly it provides a roadmap for enhancing your own relationships with good talk. Gail Saltz, M.D. Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, and Today Show Contributor

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A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities--conversation.

Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal signals that guide our disclosures and confessions; and the countless other hurdles we must clear along the way. Moving beyond self-help musings and how to advice, he has created a stylish, funny, and surprising book: a celebration of the most excusively human of all activities.

In a time when conversation remains deeply important-- for building relationships, for relaxing, even for figuring out who we are-- and also increasingly imperiled (with Blackberries and texting increasingly in vogue), A GOOD TALK is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.Daniel Menakerhas been a part ofAmerica's life of letters for almost forty years. As a writer, he has met and talked to thousands of people about their work and their lives. He is widely read and well versed in psychological literature and practices and, as an editor at Random House, has had countless meetings and other exchanges with writers, agents, public figures, and ordinary people. His own writing has appeared in theNew Yorker, theNew York Times, andSlate;he lives inNew Yorkwith his wife and their two children. I might have guessed that Daniel Menaker could talk about talk with the same facility and charm that he can bring to any conversation. Still, A GOOD TALK, his lively analysis of the workings of social speech, comes as a delightful revelation. --Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United SlCW

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