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If...: (Questions for the Game of Life)

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In The Jottery, you'll find a series of prompts, suggestions, commands, and questions that are intended to cause neurons to fire and a spectrum of ideas to surface--possibly good, potentially useful, conceivably profitable, maybe illuminating, and hopefully amusing. There's also a chance you'll come up with nothing, and experience a beautiful "idea-lessness" that would be the envy of Zen monks everywhere. Also a win.

Think of this as The Book of Questions for creative types, from writers and artists, to idea gurus and daydreamers, perfect for writing classes, train rides, parties, meditation retreats, game nights, insomnia bouts, lulls in dates or low points in relationships, company brainstorming meetings, waiting rooms, therapy sessions, and more. The dozens of ingenious prompts include:

  • You create something called Soul Lotion. What are the best places to rub it? (Dont limit your answer to human body parts.)
  • You're commissioned to design a bridge to nowhere. Briefly describe possible nowheres you might build it to.
  • Where did the fun go? Suggest four hyper-specific places. If you do manage to track the fun down and tie it to a chair, what do you do or do with it?
  • You're commissioned to write a pilot script for a post-apocalyptic sitcom. Its based not on the next post-apocalyptic period, but the one after that, after a new civilization arises and collapses. What are seven things you do to celebrate this cool new job?
  • You design vending machines that sell things that are not physical objects. Like what? And for how much?
  • List twelve things you can have instead of “it all.”
  • List a handful of elevator tension-breakers, and a handful of elevator tension-makers.

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Synopsis:

If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, whom would you choose? If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, which would you like it to be? If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit? If your plane were about to crash and you had time to write one quick note, to whom would you write, and what would you say? If you could run any single company, institution, or organization in the world, which would you choose? These are but a few of the five hundred provocative queries from If... (Questions for the Game of Life). If... can be a wonderful after-dinner parlor game; it can serve as an icebreaker between new acquaintances; it can even help you better understand yourself, your dreams and aspirations, and the mysteries of life. After the hours of inquisitive thoughts and revelations inspired by If... (Questions for the Game of Life), you'll wonder, "If I had never picked up this book, what would have happened to me?"

About the Author

Andy Selsberg is a former staff writer for the Onion, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, the Village Voice, Salon, the Oxford American, and the Believer, among other publications. He is the author of You Are Good at Things and Dear Old Love.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679445357
Author:
Saywell, James
Author:
Saywell, James
Author:
McFarlane, Evelyn
Author:
Evelyn McFarlane & James Saywell
Author:
Selsberg, Andy
Author:
Saywell, James
Publisher:
Villard Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Inspiration
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Inspirational - General
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
questions;games;philosophy;humor;game
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19951031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, whom would you choose? If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, which would you like it to be? If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit? If your plane were about to crash and you had time to write one quick note, to whom would you write, and what would you say? If you could run any single company, institution, or organization in the world, which would you choose? These are but a few of the five hundred provocative queries from If... (Questions for the Game of Life). If... can be a wonderful after-dinner parlor game; it can serve as an icebreaker between new acquaintances; it can even help you better understand yourself, your dreams and aspirations, and the mysteries of life. After the hours of inquisitive thoughts and revelations inspired by If... (Questions for the Game of Life), you'll wonder, "If I had never picked up this book, what would have happened to me?"
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