Title: Social Studies : Collected Essays, 1974-2013. Paperback Edition, signed.
Publisher:  Friesen Press, Victoria, BC, 2014, ISBN:9781460236246
Seller ID: 111481
PEIRCE, Jon. Social Studies : Collected Essays, 1974-2013. (Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, June 2014). Pp. (4),v-vii,(3),3-249,(7). 8vo, printed blue card covers with copper and grey lettering to front, white and copper lettering to spine. A collection of essays on a variety of topics by the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-residing author and educator. "Just let me turn down that armadillo steak I'm cooking for dinner; then I'll be right with you. Such an easy recipe. You should try it. You just soak your 'dillo meat in a pint of bourbon in which you've been soaking a cup of cactus needles overnight. Keep the 'dillo meat soaking for about two weeks, until it starts to turn goodand high. You'll know it's ready when you can get through it fairly easily with a hatchet... If you thought the essay was dead, think again. In the h ands of Jon Peirce, a writer with a wicked imagination, strong social conscience, and a keen sense of the absurd, the time-honoured genre takes many different forms. The essays in this book range from short, rapier-like skewerings of political hypocrisy and injustice to a leisurely exploration of the metric system and its implications for writers. In between you will find many pieces that will make you laugh, a few that will make you cry, and some that will leave you shaking your head in wonderment." - from rear. Contents: I: Early Times: The Election of Dwight D. Eisenhower -- The End of the Gin-and-Tonic Season -- Youth of the World Unite! -- A Candidate Killed by Kindness; II: The Body Politic: The Derailment of a Poltiical Party: A Lament for the 'Atlantic Limited' -- An Open Letter to Mayor Ralph Klein -- Politicians a Shadow of What They Aren't -- Reagan's Claim to Conservatism a Sham -- U.S. Primaries: Wasteful, Futile and Unfair -- A Mandatory Competency Test for Politicians -- No Grasp of History, No Perspective, No Peace -- Only the Foolish Romanticize World War II -- Japan, Not Russia, Is America's Real Rival -- Yankee Bluster Won't End Terrorism -- Preying on Voters, Praying for Votes -- Immigration Has No Place on the Auction Block -- Condemned to Repeat: Review of "The March of Folly, from Troy to Vietnam", by Barbara Tuchman -- Draftees, eh? What a Chuckle for Chernenko; III: Having Fun:Country Chic, or, Things Go Better with Grease and Bourbon -- Singin' the Too Tall Blues -- In Defence of Jaywalking -- How Dad Did His Christmas Shopping -- My Career in Retailing -- On Spell-Checkers -- A Short Disquisition on the Nature of Truly Self-Destructive Klutzhood -- Two Types of Golvers: An Avowedly Pseudo-Scientific Inquiry -- Staking One's Claim -- My Clock -- Confesions of a Type A -- No, I'm Not Prejudiced...; IV: Health & Sports: Notes from a Dissident on the Cult of Slimness -- In Fanatical Pursuit ofNothingness -- Let's Stop Government Hypocrisy on Smoking -- Don't Take Me Out to the Game! -- Lessons of the Gout -- Grunting, Groaning, and Grandfa thering... ; V: The World of Work: Creeping Steinbrennerism -- Surviving Despite Himself: Review of Robert Lacey, "Ford: The Men and the Machine" -- It's Late, Still at Work? -- WOrking People: Does No One Give a Damn Any More? -- The Decline of the Great A&P -- Review of "The Rise and Decline of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company" by William Walsh; VI: Education andCulture: Please, Stop Harassing Me at the Liquor Store! -- In Pursuit of t he Higher Mediocrity -- On Junk Time -- Will the Real Entertainers Please Shut Up! -- Gourmet Food for Thought -- Review of "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller" by Italo Calvino -- A Sense of Compassion Review of "Now for theTurbulence" by Alma Stone -- The Schools are Not for Everyone -- Kerouac's Candour -- Goodbye to a Skilled and Passionate Writer -- Growing Up with M r Eliot -- Why Captain Zero Matters -- A Lesson in Language from a School Psychologist; VII: The Nation's Capital: Images of Ottawa: A Sort of Memoir -- Budget Day -- My Season Out of Grace with Greenpeace: Flyer Fun in Deepest Vanier -- The Harrowing of Hell: A Vanier Cauchemar; VIII: The Longer View: On the Brink of the Precipice, We Cut a Deal -- The Bi-Metric Solution -- Maverick's Preppy Grand Tour; Coda: The New Curriculum for Seniors. Verygood. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. 20.00