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Poets Ranked by Beard Weight: The Commemorative Edition

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Poets Ranked by Beard Weight is a tongue-in-cheek classic of Edwardian esoterica, a privately printed leaflet offered by subscription to the informed man of fashion and as a divertissement au courant for the reading bins and cocktail tables of parlor cars, and smoking lounges of gentlemen’s clubs. Typifying a once-popular but nowadays seldom-encountered species of turn-of- ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published September 28th 2011)
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Jun 23, 2012 Sparrow rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MFSO; Sean Garrett
Recommended to Sparrow by: karen

an illustration of a collection of well-behaved beards

This extensive examination of pogonosophy, pogonology, pogonomancy, and other ancient studies of beards and barbotechnology has everything an amateur pogonosopher could ask for! Including illustrations! It ranges from the technical to the romantic to the absurd. And, as promised, it does rank poets by beard weight!

Interesting fact:

The strength of the whisker as a natural fiber is unequaled in nature – a rope woven of human hair has ten times the tensile strength of hemp and approxima
Feb 14, 2012 Jacob marked it as to-read
Best. (Belated) Birthday present. EVER.
Richard Martin
A wonderful Swiftian satire dealing with all things beard. Beginning with an outrageous biography of the author, the reader journeys through the book discovering such highlights as beard heraldry, lore, adages and many other topics dealing with "pogonology." Verbiage such as "purblind aesthetic rectitude" convinces one of the work's academic nature. Numerous etching style illustrations light-heartedly interpret the author's text. When reading, be aware! You, too, could contract bartigfreude.
Douglas Dalrymple
As a piece of fictive history there are moments when it gets a bit silly. Best read in small chunks to better enjoy the comic nonsense of it. Still, Gilbert Alter-Gilbert has done all beard-lovers a favor here, and I still can't stop laughing at Mehendra Singh's illustration of two gas-masked workers in a pit "chlorinating an unruly beard."
Mahendra Singh
Gilbert Alter-Gilbert is a true scholar and a gentleman … and a twisted, sick, comic genius of all things hirsute.

Sarah McGowan
I'm not sure what I just read, but I liked it.
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