The first thing to do on arriving at a symphony concert is to express the wish that the orchestra will play Beethoven's Fifth. If your companion then says "Fifth what?" you are safe with him for the rest of the evening; no metal can touch you. If, however, he says "So do I"--this is a danger signal and he may require careful handling....
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Perfect Behavior Reviews
Written in 1922 by the man who penned my favorite film, The Philadelphia Story, this parody of etiquette books did not disappoint. Obviously, much of what is being parodied is now antiquated, but with my slightly-more-than-passing familiarity with the era, I felt sufficiently informed to be entertained. I laughed out loud quite a bit, particularly while reading the etiquette sections for travel and opera/theatre.Stewart has a morbid sense of humor and sarcastically dry wit that is right up my alley.
This small book is a parody on early 1920s etiquette and manners. It was easy to imagine it written by the comedy team at Monty Python. It's irreverent and at times sophomoric. It was pleasing to read how many problems of our social intercourse have not changed much in nearly 100 years. Although changes in technology have eliminated some of the problematic situations of the past—train and auto travel—other situational problems have been created by technology—Facebook and cell phones.
The only thing funnier than 1920s etiquette books are parodies of 1920s etiquette books written by someone as witty and wicked as Donald Ogden Stewart. Mainly known for his screenwriting (Holiday, The Philadephia Story), Stewart also made quite a name for himself as a parodist, first with The Parody Outline of American History, and then with this delightful little book that spoofs Jazz Age behavior. Seek it out.
Very funny stuff.