An "extremely funny" take on the decline of civility, from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of How the Hell Did This Happen? (The Plain Dealer).
In Modern Manners
, cultural guru P. J. O'Rourke provides the essential accessory for the truly contemporary man or woman--a rulebook for living in a world without rules.
Traditionally, good manners were a means of becoming as bland and invisible as everyone else, thus avoiding calling attention to one's own awkwardness and stupidity. Today, with everyone wanting to appear special, stupidity is at a premium, and manners--as outrageous and bizarre as possible--are a wonderful way to distinguish ourselves, or at least have a fine time trying.
This irreverent and hilarious guide to anti-etiquette offers pointed advice on topics from sex and entertaining to reading habits and death. With the most up-to-date forms of vulgarity, churlishness, and presumption, the latest fashions in discourtesy and barbarous display, O'Rourke is our guide to the art of incivility.
is O'Rourke doing what he has always done: making hilarious, insightful, often vicious fun of the world and all its inhabitants." --People
"A reader who rushes through [Modern Manners
] from cover to cover--like I did--will feel like a child who has gorged on chocolate cake: happy, but a bit disappointed that it's all gone. The reason O'Rourke's book is so successful, however, is not just his great sense of humor. O'Rourke's writing has a cutting edge behind it, which makes a reader's laughter just a bit thought-provoking, and just a bit rueful . . . Very funny." --Chicago Tribune