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How to Do Things Right : The Revelations of a Fussy Man : Three Incomparable Books of Wit, Charm, and Wisdom Finally Available in One Volume - L. Rust Hills

How to Do Things Right

The Revelations of a Fussy Man : Three Incomparable Books of Wit, Charm, and Wisdom Finally Available in One Volume

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TAKE IT FROM US; these three titles - How to Do Things Right, How to be Good, How to Retire at 41 - will have you laughing out loud, thinking hard, and at least temporarily rearranging your frazzled life. Hills is wise, witty, and very, very funny. His mission is to create order out of chaos, to make the arcane methodology of fussiness respectable, to elevate, and even ennoble, those fleeting instincts we all harbor to get our lives in order.

How to Do Some Particular Things Particularly or, The Revelations of a Fussy Man
Two Introductory Revelationsp. 3
How to Eat an Ice-Cream Conep. 5
How to Be Kindlyp. 10
How to Organize a Family Picnic (and Keep It That Way)p. 12
How to Set an Alarm Clockp. 20
How to Make and Eat Milk Toastp. 24
How to Tipp. 28
How to Wash and Wax Your Carp. 30
How to Give a Dinner Partyp. 31
How to Refold a Road Mapp. 39
How to Cut Down on Smoking and Drinking Quite So Muchp. 40
How to Do Four Dumb Tricks with a Package of Camelsp. 48
How to Avoid Family Argumentsp. 51
How to Daydreamp. 52
How to Solve Americap. 58
Postscript: Delight in Orderp. 70
How to Retire at Forty-One or, Life Among the Routines and Pursuits and Other Problems
Prologue: How I Happened to Quit Workp. 85
Life Among the Routines
Prerequisites to Retirementp. 91
The "Problem" of Retirementp. 94
The Rationale of Routinep. 95
A Sample Comprehensive Day Planp. 96
Mapping Out the Errand Routesp. 101
Having Things to Do, as Against Getting Things Donep. 104
Maintaining a Country Place, as a Routinep. 105
Maintaining an Old Sailboat, as a Routinep. 107
Work Work, as Against Leisure Workp. 110
Life Among the Pursuits
Training for Leisure Pursuitsp. 113
Some Specific Pursuits Considered (Correspondence, Crafts and Hobbies, Outdoor Activities, Travel, Social Life)p. 116
Pursuing "Interests" as a Pursuitp. 121
Writing, as a Pursuitp. 124
"Getting to Know Thyself," as a Pursuitp. 129
Pursuing Montaigne, as Against Pursuing Thoreaup. 132
Life Among the Other Problems
Conversation with a Cleaning Ladyp. 143
Beyond the Occupational Identityp. 147
"Leisure"-Class Leisure, as Against "Working"-Class Leisurep. 149
Two Sample Post-Occupational Identitiesp. 151
Toward the Leisure Ethicp. 153
Epilogue: What Finally Happened to Mep. 157
How to Be Good or, The Somewhat Tricky Business of Attaining Moral Virtue in a Society That's Not Just Corrupt but Corrupting, Without Being Completely Out-of-It
A Modern Good Man
Telling Good from Badp. 177
The Scruple and Youp. 179
Morality: Public, Private, and Personalp. 183
Some Uses and Misuses of Virtue
Is Virtue Its Own Reward, or Isn't It?p. 185
The Righteousness of Busynessp. 192
Doing Good, as Against Being Goodp. 196
Professional Ethics, as Against the Morality of an Occupationp. 198
"Professionalism" as a Machismo Conp. 200
Indifference, Considered as a Virtuep. 205
The Somewhat Separate Question of Sexual Morality
The Ugly Head of Sexp. 208
History and Theory of the Mercy-F**kp. 210
What's Wrong with Adulteryp. 214
The Extricated Life, as Against the Involved Life
The Rationale of Involvementp. 219
Moral Choice in Modern Lifep. 220
The Rationale of Extricationp. 224
Some Thoughts about Unhappinessp. 225
"Never Inquire What's Going On in Constantinople"p. 227
An Intricate Ethics
Toward a Fashionable Moralityp. 232
How to Develop "Principles" When You Have Nonep. 235
What Virtue Actually Is, and How Exactly to Achieve Itp. 238
Of Masks, and Beerbohm's "Happy Hypocrite"p. 241
Of the "Line," and F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1929p. 242
Of Eccentricity, and Emerson's Aunt Maryp. 245
How Life Should Be, as Against How People Should Bep. 248
Self-Obsession, Considered as a Virtuep. 249
How Traits Should Be Elaboratedp. 251
Obligation to Self, as Against Indulgence of Selfp. 253
Moral Maturity, as Against "Moderation" and "Consistency"p. 254
Metaphors of Virtuep. 256
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ISBN: 9780879239695
ISBN-10: 0879239697
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 1st June 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.4