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  •  I'll stay with good old Emily Post... (1+ / 0-)
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    and change, or ignore, the out-dated parts.  I think grown up people can live with that. And Emily didn't name drop.  Name dropping in itself identifies people as being a "not of".

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Wed Jan 06, 2010 at 12:58:13 AM PST

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    •  The classics have a much broader scope (0+ / 0-)

      than this party book, and you'll get no argument from me about their utility and importance (including historic) as references.

      Quinn's Party book was more of a good read.  As one who is frequently fueled by anticipatory anxiety plus found myself throwing large bashes some years ago, it was just the ticket.  To me, her main message was:  don't take things too seriously, it isn't a show about how well you cook, some of the best parties involve memorable mistakes or ordering pizza, some of the worst parties are overorchestrated things where the guests starve.  And above all, the job is to have a good time and no guest can do wrong.  In that context, the "name dropping" that I mentioned, while noticeable, sometimes gave some credibility and helped make it a fun read.

      I had as many as 10 family members sleeping here for Christmas and 7 people here during a 5-hour power failure Christmas Eve.  Quinn's book crossed my mind at that time, FONDLY.

      I was reacting to the Amazon link where the implication seemed to be that the act of writing a book about parties is QED evil oppressor (and then the reaction from people who probably hadn't read the book plus sexists epithets started flowing in some of the comments).

      I'm not recommending this group read the book.  I'm recommending that conclusions not be drawn about books we haven't read.

      Too long answer.  It's really just "please put this in the congressional record."  I'd expected to get slammed merely for having read the book, given the tone of comments upthread.  I admire the restraint, or maybe people just moved on.

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