A Back-to-School Primer for Useless Knowledge

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It’s back-to-school time, and we want to remind you that it is not only important to learn the order of mathematic operations but also the order of Kate Middleton’s bridesmaids. Kent Woodyard’s Non-Essential Mnemonics, published today, is mandatory reading, thanks to its refreshing and hilarious new take on the mnemonic memory devices once used commonly in school.

Complete with whimsical line art, this droll, witty hardcover book brings new life to mnemonic memory devices, from creative reinterpretations of classic mnemonics to original creations of dubious usage. It’s perfect for students, word enthusiasts, scrabble lovers, and collectors of useless pop-culture trivia.

Woodyard has written the Non-Essential Mnemonics column for McSweeney’s Interenet Tendency since 2009 and has also written for Relevant Magazine, The Big Jewel, and Yankee Pot Roast. He is originally from Oklahoma City but now resides in Southern California.

Don’t miss out on the fun book events coming up:

Wednesday, October 22, 8:30 p.m.
Lit Crawl NoHo
Kent Woodyard on stage with Rico Gagliano of Dinner Party Download
LitCrawl NoHo

Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Kent Woodyard shares his mnemonics at Vroman’s
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaCalifornia

Wednesday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Kent Woodyard will speak about his book followed by book signing in the Readings Gallery at Village Books
Village Books
1200 11th St., Bellingham, Washington 

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