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How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants Hardcover – 25 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612190405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612190402
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From his vantage-point atop Mount Obsessive, Rees is able to see far and wide, and the picture he paints there is both true and very, very funny. ----Boing Boing

The book is powerfully funny … a stylistic high-wire act, and Rees never teeters. ----The New Yorker

Dear Reader is plunged into delicious confusion ... gloriously irreverent. -- --The New York Times Book Review

How to Sharpen Pencils has been shortlisted for The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The judges said 'A long awaited manifesto to the fine art of sharpening one's pencil. An odd book, an odd title; but there's nothing odd about its inclusion on this year's shortlist. Irresistible. --The Bookseller

Dear Reader is plunged into delicious confusion ... gloriously irreverent. ----The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

David Rees first came to fame as the author of Get Your War On, a Bush-era comic strip composed from clip-art that he emailed to friends. It was eventually serialized by Rolling Stone magazine, collected into three successful books, and turned into an off-Broadway play. He is also the author of the workplace satire My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable. He lives in Beacon, New York.

John Hodgman (introduction) is the author of the bestsellers The Areas of My Expertise, and More Information Than You Require. He s also known for his appearances in Apple s Get a Mac advertising campaign, and for his correspondent work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2012
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I must admit I first bought this as a joke gift for christmas; I skimmed a few pages of the hard copy version and decided I had to read it all on my Kindle. How to sharpen pencils is a light hearted look at the world of professional pencil sharpening. Over the course of the book you are instructed on the correct use of all manner of pencil sharpeners and how to deliver the perfect point to potential customers; or to astound small children.

Its whimsical but at the end of the book I actually googled to work out how much was accurate and found an entire world dedicated to sharpening pencils and pencil sharpeners that cost utterly crazy sums of money.

Its a fun read and worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By glo on 3 Aug. 2012
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This book is unbelievably informative and amusing. How anyone can produce such a lot of information about sharpening a pencil, I have no idea but David Rees has successfully done so. He deserves acclaim of the highest order!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Burden on 16 May 2012
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Well, as a technical writer, this book caught my attention. I use pencils every day. They are one of my most important tools for communicating. So when this book came along I, like most people, thought it was just another one of those 'joke' books. However it is most certainly not. This books tells you how to sharpen a pencil. This is a task we all have done at some point in our life but have you ever thought about the process? Well this book makes you think about the process. Along the way it also tells you about the world of pencils.

Yes, some of the detail does go too far but at the same time there is an almost zen-like process around this task, very similar to the ancient tea making procedures from China and Japan.

I would recommend this book for anyone who has any 'geek' in them or to any man-servants to wealthy people who have more money than sense and who want their pencils sharpened professionally.

This book made me smile.

David Rees is a nutter but a good nutter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchinson on 27 Sept. 2012
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It is good.

It has helped me re-kindle my love for pencils. And for wine that pairs with pencils.

What a life saver.
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By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 April 2013
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Straight to the point - I was searching for a used copy of the latest edition of "What Colour is your Anorak?" when I came across this stupendous jewel of a book.

Now my life is much better. I no longer worry about the small things. Or the big things. Or the things between big and small things.

Having the perfect pencil is more important than putting food on the table. Nobody kicks sand in my face on the beach anymore. I drive a Ferrari with its own automatic pencil sharpener.

And I owe it all to this book.
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Intelligent, witty and all about sharpening pencils.
It really tickled me.
I'm tempted to track down the wine from the wine tasting section.
And sharpen some pencils.
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