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The Coolest People in Art: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about art and artists, including this anecdote: New York artist Raphael Soyer visited the Sistine Chapel, where he marveled at the paintings —... More > Michelangelo had painted the ceiling when he was in his thirties and many years later had painted The Last Judgment on the wall. After Mr. Soyer had seen the Sistine Chapel for the first time, he and some friends saw an exhibition of European and American non-objective paintings. A young woman who was connected with the exhibition asked him (a friend translated the Italian) what he thought of the paintings. Rather than criticize them directly, he merely replied, “Tell her that I saw the Sistine Chapel this morning.” The young woman understood. The friend translated her reply: “True, this [exhibition] does not speak to the heart."< Less
The Funniest People in Neighborhoods: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book is one-half of my previous book "The Funniest People in Sports and Neighborhoods: 500 Anecdotes." This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: When... More > children’s book author Sid Fleischman started going bald, his kids made him a hairpiece—they clipped hair from the family pet dog and glued it to fabric. Mr. Fleischman writes in his autobiography, "The Abracadabra Kid," that he was very happy with the gift—“It gave me a punk pompadour decades before spiked hairdos became trendy.”< Less
The Funniest People in Relationships: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This paperback is one-half of my previous book "The Funniest People in Comedy and Relationships: 500 Anecdotes." It includes 250 anecdotes, including this one: When Alyene Porter was a... More > little girl growing up early in the 20th century, a man named Brother Mahoney in her church had a distinctive and chronic case of the sniffles: He would make one big sniffle, pause, then make three small sniffles in a row. There was never any variation in his snif-fling. On Christmas Eve, little Alyene was getting ready to talk to Santa Claus at the church when she heard Santa give a sniffle that sounded just like the sniffle of Brother Mahoney. To make sure, she listened closely: one big sniffle, pause, then three small sniffles in a row. Shocked and disappointed, she ran crying to her mother, who explained that anyone can be Santa Claus as long as they like children and spread joy at Christmas. That night, Alyene’s parents woke her so she could be Santa and help fill the Christmas stockings while her siblings slept.< Less
The Funniest People Who Live Life, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: As a boy, George W. Bush used profanity—something that his mother, Barbara, did not like. One day, they were playing golf.... More > George hit a bad shot on the first hole, and he swore out loud. His mother told him not to use profanity, but George swore out loud on the second hole, too. Barbara ordered him to leave, and George sat in the car while Barbara and a friend (actually, George’s friend) played the remaining 16 holes of golf.< Less