A Good Talk
The Story and Skill of Conversation
ISBN10: 0446540021 ISBN13: 9780446540025 Publisher: Grand Central Pub Published: Jan 4 2010 Pages: 230 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Edition: 1st Edition 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 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), A GOOD TALK is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.