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The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring [Paperback]

Lawrence Dorfman

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5 Oct 2010
It's impossible to go a full day without using snark, so why fight it? Snark is everywhere, from television to movies to everyday life. This lively collection provides hours of entertainment - better than an Etch A Sketch, and more fun than Silly Putty! At the heart of it, being in a state of snark can be one of the most useful tools at one's disposal and hence (yes, I used hence'), a powerful way to get what you want. With snark, you can catch people completely off-guard, and royally p*ss them off. Included here is the Snark Hall of Fame, the Best Snarky Responses to Everyday Dumbassness, and much more. It's a book that will make you laugh. It's a book that will make someone else cry. It's a book every student of the American psyche (that's all of us, Sparky) needs to have. Let loose. Let your inner anger become a positive rather than a negative, but most of all, have fun. (Yeah, like that's something you know how to do.) This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.'Dorothy Parker From the moment I picked up this book until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend to read it.'Groucho Marx Not being fired is the new raise.'Anonymous

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Lawrence Dorf man is practically a bestselling author of The Snark Handbook and The Cigar Lover's Compendium. He's worked in publishing for more than thirty years (as if he'd get this book in print any other way). * Praise for Lawrence Dorfman: Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. - E. Housman

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You call that snark. No really, he did. 31 Aug 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Snark is in my soul. I thought I had a handle on it, but this book gave me a rude awakening. I thought I was snarky and I was wrong! Apparently to be a champion snarker you must pick apart people by any flaw they have and be an arrogant, misogynistic twit that has no real understanding of women. I have been doing it wrong the whole time. Now that I have my trusty repertoire of lame jokes, quotes and lists of movies and books that may or may not contain a hint of witticism I am ready to be a true snarkest! THANK YOU SO MUCH LAWRENCE DORFMAN!!!! You changed my life. You have actually inspired me to put together my own book. Now I know that all I need to do so is gather up a few quotes and references and intermittently make dense jokes, I am ready!

If you have any concept of what real snark is this book will bore you senseless. You will stop and ask yourself "Does the author know about different types of humor?" I sure don't think he does. He lumps anything that could be considered mean, sarcastic, sexist, etc... into the snark category and often forgets that wit and intelligence play into it. It is hard to be condescending when there is no one below you to look down on(I'm looking at you Dorfman).

Another thing, the citations were enough to drive a person crazy. Especially on a Kindle. You know you can do that in text, right? Especially since the book is set up like a kid's activity book. I'm glad I only paid 99 cents. Try harder Dorfman. I haven't given up on you yet.
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The title is wrong in every particular 4 Jan 2010
By Ken Kleinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The compiler (or author, if you insist) has attempted to conceal the fact that this is merely a collection of funny quotes through the misleading title and by adding a few introductory paragraphs. But the book is almost entirely quotes. There are also a few jokes of the assorted quality and type that your buddy from college mass e-mails. I enjoy quote quotes, and there are at least 3 or 4 in the book that I don't recall seeing before. But the vast majority of the quotes will be familiar to many readers, the jokes have mostly been around for generations, and the comments from the compiler are unfunny at best. In addition, many of the quotes are misattributed, not attributed at all, or, most oddly, attributed to fictional characters.

In short, the book is not really specifically about snark, since it includes humorous quotes and jokes which have nothing snarky about them. It's not a reference in that it is inaccurate or omits information that could have easily been included. It is not a guide in any conceivable sense-- it will teach you nothing about how to be snarky, to be specific. It is not about verbal sparring in that many of the included quotes are wholly self-contained and would make no sense in a verbal confrontation. It's a fine quote book for people who don't read too much.

You want some snark in this review? OK: I wish the resale value hadn't been made negative by the author's signature on the title page.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Guide, more like collection of remarks 13 Oct 2011
By Iliana Zuluaga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a bit misleading. Both, introduction and preface, seem entertaining and after reading them I was persuaded to buy it. I however regretted shortly after. It turned out to be a collection of comments, remarks and jokes, which are at most, mildly amusing. If you find it on sale go for it, or else you can skip it. I've read a lot of books with a similar idea which are far more better.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snark Primer 18 Jan 2010
By kthdimension - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dorfman's "The Snark Handbook" is a fun and mildly informative primer on snark. And if you are already somewhat snarky, the tips, quotes, and anecdotes in this little guidebook will elevate your snarkiness. If you aren't much of a snark, however, the quotes, examples, and advice Dorfman marshals will have you snarking in no time...

There are a dozen or so chapters presenting snark as it relates to sex, children, work, movies, literature, and religion, among others. The strongest -- and funniest -- snark comes from (no surprise here) sex, relationships, children, and work. Some of the more entertaining and scathing snark:

"I went to a meeting for premature ejaculators. I left early" (Jack Benny)
"Could you undress closer to the blinking red light?" (unattributed)
"You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it." (unattributed)
"My mother never saw the irony of calling me a son-of-a-bitch." (Jack Nicholson)
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." (Bertrand Russel)
"There is no I in team, but there are four in platitude-quoting idiot." (unattributed)
"Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at least it's the scenic route." (unattributed)
"Rehab is for quitters." (unatttributed)

And I especially love the nod to Washington, DC mayor-for-life, Marion Barry: "If it weren't for the killings, Washington would have one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

This is an entertaining read that, at its best, will improve your snarkiness or, at the very least, impart a few memorable, snarky quotes.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny 28 Oct 2009
By S. Kosloske - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this in a local bookstore and figured it was worth a look based on the title. It's not just a few one-liners, or repeating jokes about sarcasm, the author did a pretty good job sorting it all out and pointing out how funny it can be to mock others. I'm a big fan of the sarcastic comment, so I may be a bit biased, but I've been keeping the book at work, and it's been a hit among my co-workers so far.
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