Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Books of the Box!

Here at the Tin Box we know that back to school rules! So, with that in mind we figured, why not hit the books?
Our first course includes "My First Dictionary", expertly compiled by Ross Horsely. "Corrupting young minds one word at a time", from abandon and bittersweet to vodka and zigzag, this book sardonically reveals the subtly understood but often unspoken meanings behind many of our favorite words!
And now that you've got the words down, you'll need to know how to use them in conjunction with today's technology...and, perhaps more importantly, how not to! In that spirit, our second class will feature "Damn You, Autocorrect!", by Jillian Madison. This compendium of "awesomely embarrassing text messages you didn't mean to send" will assist you in learning the ins and outs and ups and down-down-downs of text messaging with Autocorrect and all the hilarious faux pas that can completely alter the meanings of those well intended messages!
 For a more in depth discussion of failed texting, we look to the prime examples provided by our parents! In "When Parents Text", coauthored by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, examples of the "befuddled meeting the bewildered" are aptly showcased! Never has "so much been said and so little understood" in these hapless but wholehearted attempts at keeping up with the kids!
After a brief lunch break, our fourth class will commence with a discussion of the comic things nobody would ever say without the influence of that substance known as alcohol! In Kathleen Go's "Things Drunk People Say" boozing social butterflies are quoted at their best.
Finally, the recommended reading for our last lesson (if you aren't asleep at your desk!) is Bill Shapiro's "Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See". This book offers a voyeuristic exploration of real love letters, the honest, funny, guilty, heart-wrenching and everything in between. A consummate study tool for explaining and amending all those communication breakdowns, this one is definitely required reading for everybody!

Drop by the Tin Box and check out these and other comical, informative and purely pointless but ever so interesting books that are on our reading list!

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