A good talk is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities - conversation. Drawing on over forty years of experience in american letters, menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal signals that guide our disclosures and confessions; and the countless other hurdles we must clear along the way. Moving beyond self-help musings and 'how to' advice, he has created a stylish, funny and surprising book: a celebration of 'the most excusively human of all activities'.in a time when conversation remains deeply important - for building relationships, for relaxing, even for figuring out who we are - and also increasingly imperiled (with blackberries and texting increasingly in vogue), can we talk? Is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.
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