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Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing: Still More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

(Humor in Life and Letters)

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Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing documents the thriving folklore tradition that circulates in the workplace. Alan Dundes and Carl Pagter have collected more than two hundred and fifty "signs of the times"--the office memoranda, parodies, cartoons, and poems that daily make their way through copy machines, interoffice mail systems, and fax machines and are affixed to bullet ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Wayne State University Press (first published May 1991)
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May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love a good book about folklore?
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Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of creative tidbits from the paper-age. Before your photoshops and youtubes, people would post their offensive/insane drawings on the office corkboard, and they were hilarious.
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Alan Dundes was a folklorist at the University of California, Berkeley. His work was said to have been central to establishing the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He wrote 12 books, both academic and popular, and edited or co-wrote two dozen more. One of his most notable articles was called "Seeing is Believing" in which he indicated that Americans value the sense of sight more than t ...more

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