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The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contain 250 anecdotes, including this one: Long ago, singer/songwriter Billy Bragg made a music video for a song called “The Boy Done Good” with some of his... More > nieces and nephews. During a visit, a niece mentioned the video, and Billy’s son, who was a toddler when the video was made, wanted to see it. So Billy spent a week looking everywhere in his home for the video, including getting out a ladder so he could look in the attic. Finally, he gave up and telephoned his niece to ask, “Where did you see the video? ’Cause I can’t find it anywhere. Have you got a copy?” She replied, “Duh, Uncle Bill, it’s on YouTube.” Perhaps unnecessarily, Billy says, “I felt such an idiot, such an old guy.”< Less
William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and... More > yet they fall in love.< Less
William Shakespeare's "All's Well that Ends Well": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic comedy "All's Well that Ends Well." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to... More > understand.< Less
William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Julius Caesar," which could have been titled "The Tragedy of Marcus Junius Brutus."
The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about music, including this one: Woody Guthrie taught fellow folksinger Pete Seeger the art of busking—getting money for playing music in a bar.... More > Here is what you do: Go into a bar with your guitar strapped ostentatiously on your back. Buy a beer for a nickel and sip it slowly. Soon, someone will ask about the guitar, “Can you play that thing?” Say, not too eagerly, “Maybe, a little.” A little later, someone will say, “Kid, I’ve got a quarter for you if you pick us a tune.” “Then,” Mr. Guthrie would conclude, “you play your best song.” Mr. Seeger did a lot of busking during his traveling days.< Less
William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Coriolanus." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.
The Funniest People in Music: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book is one-half of my previous book "The Funniest People in Books and Music: 500 Anecdotes." It contains 250 anecdotes about music, including this one: British... More > actor Stanley Holloway once mentioned to Jascha Heifetz that he was looking for a school for his son, and he named one school that accepted pupils very early in their life—at two and a half years old. “Two and a half,” Mr. Heifetz said. “What’s he going to do till then? Just loaf around?”< Less
William Shakespeare's "As You Like It": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy play titled "As You Like It." In it, Rosalind and Orlando fall instantly in love. Both need to escape separately... More > to the Forest of Arden. There, Rosalind, in disguise as a young man named Ganymede, teaches Orlando about romantic love and how to be a proper husband for her. The romantic comedy ends with four weddings.< Less
The Funniest People in Movies: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes about movies, including this one: While attending Yale University, movie actress Jodie Foster got a role in an off-campus student play—her first role on the... More > stage. On opening night, she warned reporters that they had better write about more than just her—because if they wrote about just her, the other actors “will kill me.”< Less
The Funniest People in Dance: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) Opera singer Mary Garden sometimes watched rehearsals of the Ballets Russes with Sergei Diaghilev, and she noticed just how much attention to... More > detail he paid. On one occasion, he noticed a tiny flower in a dancer’s hair and ordered her to remove it because the color wasn’t right. Ms. Garden asked him, “Don’t you ever rest?” Mr. Diaghilev replied, “My dear Mary, there is all eternity to rest.” Ms. Garden writes, “I don’t wonder it was the greatest ballet company in the world.” 2) Whenever the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed, many dancers sat in the audience. A non-dancer at a performance looked at the audience members as they walked around during the intermission and said, “I’ve never seen an audience so erect, with such beautiful posture.”< Less