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The Coolest People in Art: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 30,960. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This books contain 250 anecdotes, including this one: A friend of TV’s Mister Rogers used to paint trees when he was a little boy. Once, he painted a tree blue, and someone criticized his choice of colors. For years, he stopped painting trees — until a teacher told him that artists can paint things any color they want.
The Coolest People in Books: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 29,570. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book has 250 anecdotes, including this one: David Foster Wallace’s mother was an English teacher at a community college. She had an interesting way of teaching David and Amy, his sister, proper grammar. If either of them made an error in usage during conversation at the supper table, she would pretend to have a coughing fit until the child acknowledged his or her error and corrected it.
Don't Fear the Reaper: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 29,890. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Donald Ogden Stewart once told a harrowing story to a society lady about how his sloop had been capsized and he had to struggle for his life and was in danger of drowning near the Clews’ house—at this point the society lady interrupted by asking, “How are the Clews?”
The Coolest People in Comedy: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 26,530. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Starting out as a stand-up comedian can be tough. Dallas comedian Sherry Belle remembers getting laughs her first time on stage; unfortunately, the audience was laughing at all the wrong places. For example, she finished a joke, but the audience didn’t laugh, so she said, “That was the punch line.” That made the audience laugh.
The Funniest People in Dance: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,320. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Alicia Markova was dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy when Doris, her sister, sitting in the audience, overheard a little boy give what Ms. Markova considered the greatest compliment of her career. The little boy saw the Sugar Plum Fairy, then turned to his mother and said, “Can I have her for my Christmas tree next year?”
The Funniest People in Art: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,920. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: When he was a small boy, Quaker artist Benjamin West made brushes out of hairs from his family’s pet cat, but he had to stop doing this after his father noticed that the cat looked as if it had been severely attacked by moths.
The Funniest People in Comedy: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample anecdote: Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello fame really got into Christmas, setting up an elaborate Christmas display each year with angels, music, reindeer, and many hundreds of Christmas lights. Comedian George Gobel lived across the street from Mr. Costello. Mr. Gobel did nothing for Christmas except to put up a sign that said, “See our display across the street.”
The Funniest People in Books: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Books, Book 1 · The Funniest People in Books, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,650. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample anecdote: G.K. Chesterton visited Broadway and Times Square at night when the scene was brightly lit by advertising signs. He gazed at the sight for a while, then said to a friend, “How beautiful it would be for someone who could not read.”
The Funniest People in Music: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Music, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,140. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: World-renowned conductor Pierre Monteux was once denied a room at a hotel, but when the manager discovered that Mr. Monteux was famous, he said that he could arrange a room for him because Mr. Monteux was “somebody.” Mr. Monteux refused the room and departed, saying, “Everybody is somebody.”
The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Music, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,720. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: Giacomo Puccini enjoyed hunting pheasant. While living in the country so he could work on composing a new opera, he used to hire someone to go to his composing room and play the music he had written so that his wife would think that he was working on the opera when he was really out hunting.