A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom.Stephen FryIn this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns demonstrate the essence of creativity. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: theres the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wi...
|Title||:||Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It Reviews
James Geary extols all aspects of wit. Starting with puns, then repartee in conversations, jokes, scientific evaluations of brain images associated with wit, visual wit in art (troupe d’oeil), historical, literary, folk tales, biblical and Talmudic references are dissected in a (what else?) witty way. Each chapter is presented in a different style and sometimes font so one can be in dialogue, another in verse, then spiritual sermon, neuroscience in a scientific paper, and jive and rap.
It’s quite ...more
Geary puts wit on the spit. Well done.
Skip over the chapter with all the medical references and you’ll have a 4-star book, easily.