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MannyRayner

Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten

The World's Best Jokes

The World's Best Jokes - Lewis Copeland The English church down the road was having one of its biannual sales, and we picked up a bunch of books for three Swiss Francs each. The first one I opened when we got home was this 1936 edition of The World's Best Jokes. I cannot recall ever seeing anything quite so toe-curlingly tasteless and unfunny. There is stiff competition, but my current front-runner is the following little poem from Section XXVI, "Negro Dialect":
ASPIRATION

Ef I wuz de President
Of dese United States
I'd live on 'lasses candy
An' swing on all de gates!
Could someone please assist the lady in the third row? She appears to be unwell...