By Richard Zacks
The easiest type of wisdom is unusual knowledge.
Okay, so possibly you recognize all of the stuff you're purported to know--that there are teenier issues than atoms, that Remembrance of items Past has whatever to do with a perfumed cookie, that the Monroe Doctrine ability we get to take over small South American international locations after we consider love it. yet particularly, is that this form of wisdom going to make you the hit of the cocktail occasion, or the loser spending forty-five mins reading the host's bookshelves?
Wouldn't you particularly research such things as how the discovery of the bicycle affected the evolution of lingerie? Or that the 1949 Nobel Prize for medication was once provided to a physician who played lobotomies with a family ice choose? Or how Catherine the good particularly died? Or that heroin used to be bought over-the-counter no longer too lengthy ago?
For the really well-rounded "intellectual," not anything fascinates lots because the subversive, the contrarian, the suppressed, and the weird. Richard Zacks, auto-didact extraordinaire, has unloosed his admittedly unusual brain and outstanding study skills upon the total spectrum of human wisdom, ferreting out without end interesting proof, tales, images, and photographs sure to make you snigger, gasp in ask yourself, and sometimes shudder on the depths of human depravity. the results of his labors is that this beautifully illustrated quasi-encyclopedia that gives substitute takes on artwork, enterprise, crime, technology, medication, intercourse (lots of that), and lots of different aspects of human experience.
Immensely unique, and arguably enlightening, An Underground Education is the one e-book that explains the start of films utilizing images of bare baseball players.
Richard Zacks is the writer of History Laid naked: Love, intercourse and Perversity from the traditional Etruscans to Warren G. Harding, which used to be excerpted in elegant magazines like Harper's and earned the eye of the even classier New York Times, which famous that "Zacks focuses on the raunchy and perverse." The Georgia country Legislature voted on even if to prohibit the booklet from public libraries. He has studied Arabic, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, and Hebrew, and obtained the Phillips Classical Greek Award on the college of Michigan. He has additionally instructed his writer that he made a residing in Cairo dishonest royalty from a definite Arab state at video games of likelihood, even if the declare continues to be unverified. His writing has seemed within the New York occasions, The Atlantic per thirty days, Time, lifestyles, activities Illustrated, The Village Voice, television Guide, and equally diversified guides. Zacks is married and busy warping the minds of his childrens, Georgia and Ziegfield. He is living in manhattan urban, and will be reached through email at [email protected]
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Every now and then you find yourself in a different place. George’s Holiday Message Since this book comes out in the fall, I’d like to take advantage of this early opportunity to wish all of you an enjoyable Christmas season and a happy New Year filled with good fortune. Of course, I realize this can’t happen for everyone. Some of you are going to die next year, and others will be crippled and maimed in accidents, perhaps even completely paralyzed. Still others will be stricken with diseases that can’t be cured, or will be horribly scarred in fires.
In no way does superstitious mumbo jumbo like this apply to the lives of intelligent, civilized humans in the twenty-first century. You throw out the first three commandments, and you re down to seven. HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER. This commandment is about obedience and respect for authority; in other words it’s simply a device for controlling people. The truth is, obedience and respect should not be granted automatically. They should be earned. They should be based on the parents’ (or the authority figure’s) performance.
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An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human Knowledge by Richard Zacks