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The Real Thing: A Guide to Separating the Genuine from the Ersatz the Man from the Boys and the Wheat from the Chaff [Hardcover]

Kurt Andersen

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Oct 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385146361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385146364
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sen-Sen explains it all for you 15 Sep 2005
By Gooch McCracken - Published on Amazon.com
Sen-Sen on affectations: "The phrase 'have no' used instead of 'don't speak'--as in 'I have no Celtic' is pretentious, but less horrifying than actually speaking Celtic."

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The craw-sticker about Sen-Sen is that he's constantly lapsing into cutesy-poo whimsy. Like all that boring crap about limericks & Neptunians & haikus & Elwood Ullman. But what's even more infuriating about Sen-Sen is his refusal to question the necessity of that goddam hyphen in the word "Chee-tos".

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