A Good Talk: The Shape and Skill of Conversation

A Good Talk: The Shape and Skill of Conversation

By: Daniel Menaker (author)Paperback

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A Good Talk is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities - conversation. Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal signals that guide our disclosures and confessions; and the countless other hurdles we must clear along the way. Moving beyond self-help musings and 'how to' advice, he has created a stylish, funny and surprising book: a celebration of 'the most excusively human of all activities'. In a time when conversation remains deeply important - for building relationships, for relaxing, even for figuring out who we are - and also increasingly imperiled (with Blackberries and texting increasingly in vogue), CAN WE TALK? is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.

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About Author

Daniel Menaker has been a part of America's life of letters for almost forty years. As a writer, he has met and talked to thousands of people about their work and their lives. His own writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Slate.

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/02/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780446559430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780446559430
  • weight: 250
  • ISBN10: 0446559431

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