Good Talk The Story and Skill of Conversation

ISBN-10: 0446540013
ISBN-13: 9780446540018
Edition: 2011
Authors: Daniel Menaker
List price: $16.99
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 1/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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 exclusively 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), A Good Talk is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.

Daniel Menaker was born in 1941 in New York City. He earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Menaker has been an editor at Random House and has edited fiction and nonfiction at the New Yorker magazine for more than 20 years. His books include "Friends and Relations," a collection of short stories, and "The Treatment," a novel.

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