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The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it

this is one of the favorite books of Andrew Ramer, who wrote one of my favorite books, Little Pictures: Fiction for a New Age, a collection of minute mythologies. this book is a collection of comedic portraits of historic figures, including hannibal, queen elizabeth, miles standish, and montezuma. it is extremely funny, and-- word is-- scrupulously researched and accurate. basically, every paragraph is a perfectly formed joke, and every chapter one you want to read out loud. to everyone you know. and lots of people you don't. over and over. and then again, to yourself. so you can memorize it. and quote it at parties, without attribution, to make yourself look like a genius.

i could quote this book for hours, but really you should just read it. here, i'll just give you just one.

a single sentence on attila the hun:

He was just an ugly little man who rode around on a pony.

that should pretty much give you an idea.
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Brian i love that title. when do i fall? oh... i never got up.

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