Lifemanship: Some Notes on the Lifemanship
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 In one of the unpublished notebooks of Rilke there is a phrase that might be our...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Still -- definitely worth reading, if just for the perspec ...more
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.