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Lifemanship: Some Notes on the Lifemanship

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What does Lifemanship mean? Easy question to pose, difficult to answer in a phrase. A way of life pervading each thought and conditioning our every action? Yes, but something much more, even though it only exists, as pervasive, intermittently. "How to live"yes, but the phrase is too negative. In one of the unpublished notebooks of Rilke there is a phrase that might be our

Paperback, 127 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Moyer Bell (first published 1950)
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Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it

Following on from Gamesmanship, another fake self-help manual from Potter. Now, however, he is overtly targeting social interaction in general, and gives you innumerable handy "tips" on how to discomfort people and gain a social advantage. The point, of course, is that they are all things people (at least British people) do already, slightly exaggerated for comic effect.

I have a long-running joke with a friend based on the chapter "Wine". Most people like to give the impression that they at leas
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Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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If you want to come across as better than someone else, these tips will help you along. There is even a section about how to write a review of a book that you haven't read.

If you have never read D.H. Lawrence then find the qualities he is most praised for, and criticize him for not having those qualities. And, you will seem very perceptive and all of the positive reviews will seem simple minded.

Lifemanship is very helpful if you are not interested in reading D.H. Lawrence, but you want to give p
Mark Speed
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
These notes are to modern living the opposite of EpictetusThe Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness is to civilisation. The aim is always to be one up on everyone around you. There are proper guides to doing this. Great stuff, and true to life - at least in the US and UK.
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This could also be called "how to be a royal jerk" for that is essentially what you learn to do, but with that being said it is definitely an interesting read in practical psychology. Actually, you will need to read between the lines a little, since interpersonal techniques that were effective in 1950s England likely differ rather dramatically from those that might be effective in the present day, especially in the US and other countries.
Still -- definitely worth reading, if just for the perspec
After I read Gamesmanship, it was natural to go next to this one, which was right next it on the shelf.

The whole series is more or less a "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the public school set ('preppies', in the US).

It's funny, yes; but it wouldn't be advisable to take the individual strategies as any sort of guide to real world behavior.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Part of its genius is in its pace. Potter knows just how endearing the conceit is and how quickly its charm can fade. If you reach that point, you may have taken too much in a single dose. I wonder, reading it, whether -manship needs updating to reflect its conquest of political debate?
Feb 06, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a pretty funny book. It's all about how to make yourself look better via subtle put-downs and sneaky implications aimed at others. Very British.
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Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, self-help
Potter is milking his past successes here, but this volume is not without its intermittent charms.
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Mar 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I'm thinking of using this when I teach the moral philosophy section of Phil. Perspectives this summer.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is possibly the greatest resource for understanding life in the music business. I learned most everything I know from this book.
Mar 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I feel smarter already
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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An easier read than Gamesmanship and just as entertaining.
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