By Kent Woodyard
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AN UNNECESSARY JOURNEY INTO SENSELESS KNOWLEDGE
McSweeney’s columnist Kent Woodyard brings new life to the mnemonic memory devices of a bygone era, from creative reinterpretations of classic mnemonics to original creations of dubious usage. Paired with whimsical illustrations, this book is the perfect gift for the word wizards of the world, as well as collectors of useless pop-culture trivia.
A PEEK OF WHAT’S INSIDE
Kiera “I’m Eating…Really” Knightley educates girls about anorexia (“rapid dieting”).
A recent TMZ.com headline which doubles as an indictment of Kiera Knightley’s conflicted relationship with her body. Also, a mnemonic for the correct spelling of Soren Kierkegaard’s last name:
“Britney Spears poops solid gold”
The A.V. Club’s thoughts on Femme Fatale, Spears’ most recent album. Also, a mnemonic for the members of The Spice Girls:
Baby, Sporty, Posh, Scary, Ginger
Dude, Brian’s slammed. He’s drinking straight gin.
My boy Brian, a barely functional alcoholic, has a hard time pacing himself. Also, a mnemonic for the Seven Dwarfs:
Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey, Sneezy, Grumpy
HIGH PRAISE INDEED
“Kent Woodyard’s mnemonics are the most essential non-essential mnemonics in the history of language.”
— CHRISTOPHER MONKS, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
“Thankfully, L.A.-based writer Woodyard has compiled a book of all the mnemonics you could ever hope to memorize, even if you don’t really want to.”
— MARIELLE WAKIM, Los Angeles Magazine
— JACKIE ADAMS, Los Angeles Magazine
Kent Woodyard has been a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2009. He has also written for Relevant Magazine, The Big Jewel, and Yankee Pot Roast. Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, Kent now lives in Southern California. This is his first book. See the original column here.