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  • Metamorphosesby Ovid; A. D. Melville; E. J. Kenney

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 8.99

    The modern, unacademic idiom of A.D. Melville's translation opens the way to a fresh understanding of Ovid's unique and elusive vision of reality. more...

  • Euripides' Escape-Tragediesby Matthew Wright

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 174.99

    This is the first major critical study of three late plays of Euripides: Helen, Andromeda and Iphigenia among the Taurians. Matthew Wright offers a sustained reading of the plays, arguing that they are a thematically connected trilogy. He re-examines central themes such as myth, geography, cultural identity, philosophy, religion, and (crucially) genre.... more...

  • Never Shake Hands with a War Criminalby Barry Crimmins

    Seven Stories Press 2011; US$ 21.95

    Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal is a personal and political history told with acid humor and a loving heart. Barry Crimmins, a writer and commentator on Air America Radio, travels from a skeptical childhood in frozen upstate New York, through the founding of the Boston comedy scene, to a career as a satirist and activist. No villain is spared;... more...

  • Man Madeby Joel Stein

    Grand Central Publishing 2012; Not Available

    The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw a football and watch professionals throw footballs and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing. ... more...

  • The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.by Steve Martin

    Grand Central Publishing 2012; Not Available

    With over 2.2 million followers (a number growing by the day), and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Steve Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between,... more...

  • The Trojan Women and Other Playsby Euripides; James Morwood; Edith Hall

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 8.99

    Hecuba The Trojan Women AndromacheIn the three great war plays contained in this volume Euripides subjects the sufferings of Troy's survivors to a harrowing examination.The horrific brutality which both women and children undergo evokes a response of unparalleled intensity in the playwright whom Aristotle called the most tragic of the poets. Yet... more...

  • Studies in Political Humourby Villy Tsakona; Diana Elena Popa

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 143.00

    If politics is a serious matter and humour a funny one, this volume investigates how and why the boundaries between the two are blurred: politics can be represented in a humorous manner and humour can have a serious intent. Political humour conveys criticism against the political status quo and/or recycles and reinforces dominant views on politics.... more...

  • The Lucretian Renaissanceby Gerard Passannante

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 45.00

    With The Lucretian Renaissance , Gerard Passannante offers a radical rethinking of a familiar narrative: the rise of materialism in early modern Europe. Passannante begins by taking up the ancient philosophical notion that the world is composed of two fundamental opposites: atoms, as the philosopher Epicurus theorized, intrinsically unchangeable... more...

  • How to Be Funnyby Jon Macks

    Simon & Schuster 2010; Not Available

    An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE. Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and... more...

  • Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Readerby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 18.95

    The BRI?s 22nd all-new edition— Uncle John?s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader —is like reading several books all rolled into one: a history book, a weird news anthology, a science text, a dictionary, a how-to manual, a sports magazine, a joke book…and the list goes on and on. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to... more...