It's a perfect addition to the basket you keep next to the bathroom sink. It is perhaps altogether appropriate that also in this box were Portuguese-language books on Feng Shui, Spanish-language Bible study materials from the '70s, books on gardening, and an anthology of Chinese poetry. If you love random tidbits of information, you will adore this book. Its purpose is to gather the flotsam and jetsam of the conversational tide. Editions for schotts original miscellany 1582343497 hardcover published in 2003 0747563209 hardcover published in 2003 1596913827 hardcover publ.
Schott's Original Miscellany is all these and, of course, more. It will afford you great wisdom in the morning, several conversational bons mots for the afternoon, and many an enlightened smile after dark. Always a joy to read. It's fun to dip into -- where else would you find the Zodiac signs of all the Presidents through Bill Clinton -- the book was published in 1997? The miscellany included often provoked a laugh such as the entry listing some of Anatole's meals Anatole is the chef of Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia, in case you are not a Wodehouse aficionado. Heck, I copied out the common alchemy metals — because why not? In 2003, I decided to create a little booklet of information of use to photographers, designers, and picture editors. His books are noted for specifying the precise design tools fonts, leading, etc.
For most readers, there are entries they'll be familiar with, entries that correct their misconceptions, and then entries that are so technical and obscure it's kind of hilarious. I would reccomend it to everyone, as there is information and trivia within for the layman and sophisticate alike. I think this was achieved by the utter lack of alphabetical or chronologi If you know me, you know that I like trivia. Although it does have an index, it is not arranged like a normal reference book, which tend toward the alphabetical or chronological. No, don't deny that you have one.
Each edition was different, although some content was shared or adapted. Although it does have an index, it is not arranged like a normal reference book, which tend toward the alphabetical or chronological. San Jose has the worst roads in the country. He has regularly acknowledged the influence of the work of in influencing the look and feel of his books. I just loved reading a few pages whenever I felt able to over the week, and finding some really interesting facts. After Cambridge, Schott got a job at the London advertising agency where he was as an account manager on the account working on , , and.
No, don't deny that you have one. Otherwise, its value will be much diminished. Having said that, a few of the pieces are maaaaybe a little too glib. I love, love, love this book. You will not be disappointed. I decided that to keep my Shelf-Clearing Project honest, I should at least re-examine the reference books on the shelf -- they don't necessarily get a free pass.
Unfortunately a proportion sufficient to irritate has been made out of date by events relatively quickly. After only four months he resigned to become a photographer. Anyway, for the nerd within you: go forth and read! It's a perfect addition to the basket you keep next to the bathroom sink. It's a book you'd usually dip in and out of, but I'm very tempted to just read the whole thing again. It's got a bit of everything, almost literally! For example on page 52 you can learn American diner slang and all about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This is really a book for dipping into rather than reading but I did enjoy my journey through it.
Put it in your bathroom, on your shelf, on a nightstand or open on a coffee table. I hope he comes out with an updated version in a few years. I purchased this book after seeing it sitting by the printers at my last job. Great facts and tidbits within it. It's like my nonsequitar brain has found it's god. Many may pan this work based solely on its premise, but those people are missing the point in my eyes.
I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to read this straight thru, but it was either this book--or beginning Word Perfect. Schott's treatment of miscellany is familiar I finished this book on a Friday evening with a glass of wine, dictionary, Wikipedia, and some jazz, and I'm obsessed. A gr If you love random tidbits of information, you will adore this book. The characteristic cover illustrations for his books are created by Alison Lang, and the drawing inside the Almanacs are by Chris Lyon. From the names of the Seven Dwarfs to the Beaufort scale of winds to the descriptions of flags of very small countries, is full of facts you once knew and facts you didn't know you wanted to know. On the advice of another friend Elinor , I sent one of these books to Nigel Newton, the head of Bloomsbury Publishing the Harry Potter people.
Ben Schott is a photographer, designer, and trivia collector. No matter who you are, get this book. It's hard to define, but we know it when we find it. A book you will read and re-read - most likely, every time you use the bathroom. He was also a member of a number of dining societies, as well as being secretary of the Society — one of the oldest undergraduate societies in Cambridge.
The world's worst sound is the sound of vomitting followed by microphone feedback and wailing babies. While the first two were best-sellers Schott had two books simultaneously in the Sunday Times top ten , sales did not match the runaway success of the first book. But all this frenetic activity is bound to be tiring, so the armchair athlete will find board games, parlour games, drinking games, and gambling. Unfortunately a proportion sufficient to irritate has been made out of date by events relatively quickly. He is twenty-eight although he believes you might prefer to picture him as a white-haired librarian and lives in Highgate, London. Many may pan this work based solely on its premise, but those people are missing the point in my eyes. And odd book, but it really works, Si vd quiere saber un montón de tonterías pero llenas de amenidad, desde cómo hacer bien un dry-martini hasta el equivalente de las medidas de zapato británicas con las continentales, o como hacer el roast beef o de qué tamaño y marca usa el papel higiénico la reina de Inglaterra o el teléfono del Vaticano, o la buenas maneras ala mesa y el uso apropiado de los vinos, o mil disparates más, solo puede encontrarlo en un libro de excentricidad inglesa y es este entre otros.