A Slap in the Face

A Slap in the Face

Author: William B. Irvine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190665043

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Page: 264

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Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. But why do we insult each other? Why do insults cause us such pain? Can we do anything to prevent or lessen this pain? Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others? In A Slap in the Face, William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He examines not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us. A rousing follow-up to A Guide to the Good Life, A Slap in the Face will interest anyone who's ever delivered an insult or felt the sting of one--in other words, everyone.

Mighty and the Color of the Sound

Mighty and the Color of the Sound

Author: Gregory Pitts

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9781641380812

Category: Fiction

Page: 138

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This book is a supernatural possession for any reader. You will begin to see the light and the dark with every phase. For all ages, it is a treasure of universal poetry. A collection of testimonials about life., love, hope, faith, and despair that we all have within ourselves and the overview blue horizon. Unforgettable. It's the mist of tranquility and the gloom of wonder and bewilderment. It's of fact and fiction. It's an awakening and a little pink ribbon. It's the golden touch the color of the sound.

Padre Pio Gleanings

Padre Pio Gleanings

Author: Pascal Cataneo

Publisher: Médiaspaul

ISBN: 2890395073

Category: Religion

Page: 191

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This is a collection of anecdotes -- inspiring, startling, and even humorous. They show how Padre Pio brought the Good News to countless people in a unique and vivid way.

Selected works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Selected works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

ISBN: PKEY:SMP2300000064056

Category: Fiction

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Selected works of Fyodor Dostoevsky from the series "Best of the Best" is the book that everyone should read to understand themselves and each other. The authors and works for this book series were selected, as a result of numerous studies, analysis of the texts over the past 100 years and the demand for readers. It must be read in order to understand the world around us, its history, to recognize the heroes, to understand the winged expressions and jokes that come from these literary works. Reading these books will mean the discovery of a world of self-development and self-expression for each person. These books have been around for decades, and sometimes centuries, for the time they recreate, the values they teach, the point of view, or simply the beauty of words. This volume of the Best of the Best series includes famous works The Idiot; Crime and Punishment; The Brothers Karamazov; The Insulted and the Injured; Notes from the Underground; The Grand Inquisitor; The Possessed (also titled: Demons, The Devils); The Gambler; Poor Folk (Poor People); Uncle's Dream; The Permanent Husband; An Honest Thief

A Slap in the Face

A Slap in the Face

Author: William B. Irvine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199934454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 253

View: 422

William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them, examining not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us.

Bitch Slap

Bitch Slap

Author: Michael Craft

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781466828704

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 433

Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. So when the respective CEOs of these companies discuss a merger, it is only natural that Manning be interested in the proceedings. What's more, Manning's lover Neil, an architect, is designing a new house for Ashton's CEO, Gillian Reece. Reece is a business friend of Manning but not a friend to many else; she is generally considered overly aggressive and fastidious. When Manning assigns Glee Savage, the newspaper's society reporter, to cover Reece's new home, the subsequent meeting between the two does not end well: Savage huffs off in a fury but not before ferociously bitch slapping Reece in front of everyone. With Reece's cheek still smarting, more bad news comes as the accountant performing due diligence for the merger reports some very questionable items regarding Ashton's books. It seems as though things couldn't go much worse for the unpleasant Reece. That is, until she is murdered. The discovery of her body is greeted with great surprise, but perhaps not much regret on the part of most who knew her. Still, with Manning's friend and employee Glee Savage as the obvious and primary suspect, he cannot resist wading in to this most unsound of business dealings.

The Orsinni Reprisals

The Orsinni Reprisals

Author: Bill Cariad

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781785380860

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

View: 961

In Spain… Financier Fernando Chevaz is violently slain. His 'time bomb' legacy has been overlooked. Which is still not the most fatal mistake his killers have made! In Italy… A Carabiniere officer needs information from the Mafia. The person who can get it for him is the woman who broke his heart. But not even the Mafia can stop the organization known as Pandora and they too must obtain help. Not just from outside their own ranks, but from a woman! In England... A terrorist known as The Algerian unexpectedly surfaces. Spymaster Sir Gerald Fraser has a jigsaw headache and needs help to make the pieces fit. He must use outside assistance. He needs someone ruthless. Someone capable of killing. Someone he can manipulate. Someone ultimately deniable. He thinks he has found just the woman! In Wales... A former SAS sergeant discovers a Damascus-inspired plot to wipe out the entire cabinet of the British government in a single day! Maria Orsinni has spent three years trying to bury her past. Maria has lost a husband, and a brother, to violent death. Maria is no ordinary widow, no helpless grieving sibling. Some people are about to learn that the hard way.

Weekly World News

Weekly World News

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Page: 44

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Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News has been the world's only reliable news source since 1979. The online hub www.weeklyworldnews.com is a leading entertainment news site.