This book is an excellent guide to the finer things in life, as well as a reasoned explanation of why sticking to sports and beer is the more prudent decision. 

O'Rourke attempts to demonstrate the futility of modern manners by pointing out its oddities in a comical fashion. For example, O'Rourke talks about how the revolving door has successfully defeated modern chivalry - no matter what you do, the revolving door makes you impolite. You can't hold the door and if you push it to get it started, you're going to go in ahead of a lady. Lose, lose situation for well mannered men. 

Another of O'Rourke's quirky commentaries is on drinking culture in the United States. He comments that if attending a dinner party or social function in an official capacity, it's entertaining that people jump to conclusions that people without drinks in their hands are the alcoholics in the room. 

Finally, this guy is just an awesome writer. His articles have been featured almost everywhere from The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal, to even Playboy and Vanity Fair. This is a must read for anyone who's ever felt fed up by the idiocies of etiquette and wants to enjoy the finer things in life. 

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