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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307277208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307277206
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School–This collection of lists takes on advertisements, unicorns, grocery items, German tourism advice, and much more in a witty and irreverent satire on our obsession with popular culture. The many lists include Rides Found at a Psychiatry-themed Amusement Park (guilt-a-whirl), Signs Your Unicorn Is Cheating on You, and Anecdotal Leads for News Stories Reporting the End of the World. Droll, ironic, and often laugh-out-loud funny, McSweeney's offers a hilarious odyssey-by-lists through books, movies, TV, politics, celebrities, and other aspects of modern life. Teens will appreciate the wide-ranging social satire and find the lists entertaining and often quotable.–Susanne Bardelson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
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McSweeney's is a small group that sells taxidermy equipment and also produces books, a literary quarterly, and The Believer, a monthly review. Based in San Francisco, McSweeney's is also home to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center for Bay Area youth.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2010
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"Mountain Man Dance Moves" is the single volume of all my volumes that I refer to most frequently for lists of unicorn data. From the editors at McSweeney's this book of lists is supremely useful in daily life, and it should be part of every family's emergency survival kit.

The lists cover a variety of topics, and contain some surprising information. For your book evaluation convenience I have listed some of the most useful data below.

In the list "Actual English Names Chosen by our Korean ESL Students in Suzhou, China," the names chosen included Napoleon, Whiskey, Virus, and Bob Shop.

The literate list of "Least Onomatopoetic Verbs" includes Profiteer, Cavort, Hyperextend, Expectorate, and Calcify.

People concerned with personal image may find the list "Errors in Communication Between My Hairdresser and Me in the Form of What I Said and What He Heard" useful. Heed these valuable examples: "Said: Just a little off the length, and a little thinned out? Heard: Could you make me look like a clown's apprentice?"; "Said: A little shorter, thanks. Heard: I want the style that would emerge if you combined all three of Charlie's Angels."

For the music fan, the list "Comments Overheard at a Brainstorming Meeting Between Ted Nugent and the Editors of 'Gourmet' Magazine Where They Were Discussing The Upcoming Book 'Gourmet Magazine's Vegan Cooking With Ted Nugent'" will prove enlightening. One overheard comment was "That's where you're wrong, chief. Plenty of people eat badger." Insightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Herrick on February 16, 2008
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The lists in Mountain Man Dance Moves are like a joke that's gone off on a weird tangent and you and everyone else are dying laughing but no one can begin to explain why when a confused newcomer saunters up and asks, "What's so funny?" This is absurd, hilarious, random, inane, stealthily intelligent and often brilliant comedy writing. I'm buying a stack of these to give to friends for their birthdays.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on March 20, 2007
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This book had me laughing so hard I actually peed a little. Snot also came out of my nose.
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1. "Mountain Man Dance Moves" is a book of lists compiled by the Editors of McSweeney's.

2. Many of the lists are very, very funny in a strange sort of way, like "Eight Reasons Why a Tyrannosaur Caught in a Tornado is a Funny Thing to Think About" (No. 1: "The tiny, flailing arms.")

3. Some of the lists are quirky and almost zen-like, such as "Clocks Ranked According to the Ease with Which One Can Tell Time From Them (Easiest to Hardest): "1. Digital; 2. Not Digital."

4. Many of the lists are about unicorns, some of which are funny, like "Signs Your Unicorn is Cheating on You."

5. Some of the unicorn lists are kind of strange. But in a good way.

6. If you think "Monty Python" is the apotheosis of modern humor, you will probably like this book.

7. If you think "Mayberry RFD" is the apotheosis of modern humor, you will not like this book.

8. You will probably like "Mountain Man Dance Moves" if you find the following lightbulb joke inexplicably amusing: "Q: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: To get to the other side." (Bonus points if you also like the alternate answer: "Two. One to hold the giraffe and the other to put the clocks in the bathtub.")

9. If you have ever laughed uncontrollably at a Henny Youngman joke, this may not be the book for you.

10. I liked this book a lot, but then I have a kind of strange sense of humor.
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By silversea86 on February 15, 2008
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MMDM is "ball-bouncingly" funny! There's a curious-yellow Bergmanesque fascination with unicorns. Don't ask me why.
It really is a book of lists. They're so hilarious that I wish they were longer. The titles of the lists are even funnier than the lists themselves as many are quite brief. I would love to see another edition of this book come out. The writers of these lists, including Dan Kennedy and Bob Shea, among others, do this comedy writing right. They take their topic completely seriously. Their lists are presented as serious lists. Therein is the magic of written humor. Not unlike on-stage humor. Play it straight, and trust the audience/reader to get the joke and respond accordingly.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tompkins on October 25, 2008
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Fantastically dry humor rife with bitter, sarcastic social commentary.

PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DISAPPOINTED WITH "MOUNTAIN MAN DANCE MOVES:"
1. The blind
2. Anyone who possess a phobia of unicorns
3. Anyone looking for a quality work of fiction about a break-dancing mountain man super-hero and his magical sidekick unicorn
4. Communists
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By South Slope on February 14, 2009
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I want to (sincerely) thank the woman who gave this book two stars. While stating it was not for her, she advertised that "Very off-centered, quirky sorts of people will love this book." This is as admirable as someone saying, "I found 'The Dark Crystal,' 'Labyrinth,' and 'The Neverending Story' too frightening, but if you liked them, then 'Coraline' is for you." In that vein, if you find "The Onion" offensive, don't read this book.
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