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David Harris - Author

About the Author

For more than four years, the @TwopTwips twitter account has been spewing forth ridiculous yet ingenious gobbets of advice to its thousands of loyal followers, often causing them to involuntarily snort with laughter on commuter trains whilst fellow passengers tut and shake their heads. Those fellow passengers are missing out. It is one of the highest followed non-celebrity twitter accounts in the UK, and The Times Magazine placed @TwopTwips sixth in its list of the funniest tweeters in the English-speaking world. David Harris is the curator of @TwopTwips, as well as working for popular humour website The Poke.

Featured books by David Harris

Top Tips for Life

Top Tips for Life

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Life doesn't come with an instruction manual. But if it did, and if that manual was cobbled together in five minutes by a drunken idiot-genius, then it might look something like these crowd-sourced tips and ill-thought-out ideas. Covering everything from how best to turn your cat into a fearsome stegosaurus to pre-empting jellyfish stings, this book presents the wealth of knowledge gleaned from the dusty vaults of twitter's hugely popular @TwopTwips. From the profane to the ridiculous, these laugh-at-loud nuggets of advice, with absurd and informative illustrations, will change your life in a hugely insignificant way. Tips include: BORED of a friend's text messages? Reply with 'unsubscribe' and they'll get the hint; SPICE up a boring salad by replacing the vegetables with bacon and placing between two slices of bread; STOP your dog from pulling on its lead by walking a bit faster; PREPARE your children for office life by acting awkwardly around them in the kitchen; and, AVOID the hassle and expense of hair straighteners by not eating your crusts.

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Other books by David Harris

The Calligrapher's Bible 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them

The Calligrapher's Bible 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2004

An essential guide for all calligraphers - whether they are amateurs or professionals. The book contains over 100 different alphabets with detailed instructions on how to draw all the letters. Its wire binding means that the book will lie flat and be easy to work from. There is also useful information about tools and materials, basic layouts and illumination and ornamentation. A must for the reference shelves of all calligraphers. 100 beautifully crafted calligraphic hands show step-by-step pen strokes and common group structures. Points of interest within each hand ensure correct representation of the characters. An extensive preparatory section details tools, materials and basic techniques. Beginners and experienced calligraphers alike will be able to extend their repertoire with ease, effortlessly learning new hands and refining their art.

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2002

`Social theory is a very difficult subject to teach and it is one that students generally find hard to get to grips with. Teaching Yourself Social Theory offers a highly original and comprehensive resource that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth `I have no hesitation in recommending Harris' text to students and teachers of social theory' - Sociology This refreshing and accessible text demonstrates how social theory can be made into an intelligible discourse that touches upon key aspects of everyday life. The abstraction and formalism of much contemporary social theory is criticized as unnecessarily `scholastic' for the beginner. The author maintains that the main problems in studying the subject are not intrinsic to social theory, but derive from how the subject is taught as a university discipline. This lively book uses non-specialist terms to introduce more complex themes, and incorporates a Website with questions and reading guides to some of the classic works.

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Author: David Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2002

`Social theory is a very difficult subject to teach and it is one that students generally find hard to get to grips with. Teaching Yourself Social Theory offers a highly original and comprehensive resource that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth `I have no hesitation in recommending Harris' text to students and teachers of social theory' - Sociology This refreshing and accessible text demonstrates how social theory can be made into an intelligible discourse that touches upon key aspects of everyday life. The abstraction and formalism of much contemporary social theory is criticized as unnecessarily `scholastic' for the beginner. The author maintains that the main problems in studying the subject are not intrinsic to social theory, but derive from how the subject is taught as a university discipline. This lively book uses non-specialist terms to introduce more complex themes, and incorporates a Website with questions and reading guides to some of the classic works.

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure

Author: David Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2002

The Last Stand The War Between Wall Street and Main Street over California's Ancient Redwoods

The Last Stand The War Between Wall Street and Main Street over California's Ancient Redwoods

Author: David Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2001

This gripping and informative (Publishers Weekly) account of financier Charles Hurwitz's takeover of the Pacific Lumber Company (PL) in remote Northern California is as much a story about the struggle for the soul of capitalism as it is about the fight to save the ancient redwoods on the company's lands. For generations the family-owned PL had operated on the banks of the Eel River in Humboldt County under the principle of long-term sustainability over short-term profits: employees were treated respectfully, and no more than seventy percent of old-growth redwoods would be cut in order to give the forest time to reseed. David Harris skillfully combines a journalist's astute eye for detail and an activist's moral outrage with fast-paced, thriller-like writing to chronicle the drastic changes that came to not only a corporation but its employees' entire way of life when the PL was bought out by a Texas-based conglomerate--whose greed-fueled destruction of the redwoods ultimately doomed the enterprise.

A Society of Signs?

A Society of Signs?

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/1996

An introduction to current debates around the themes of culture, identity and lifestyle. Such debates often begin with the assertion that we live in a society of signs. Features include: summary and critical discussion of some basic approaches in social theory and cultural analysis; key readings of some of the work of writers including Barthes and Giddens; reviews of work in more traditional areas, for example, the sociology of identity and the embedding process found in social life; and advice on further reading.

A Society of Signs?

A Society of Signs?

Author: David Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/1996

An introduction to current debates around the themes of culture, identity and lifestyle. Such debates often begin with the assertion that we live in a society of signs. Features include: summary and critical discussion of some basic approaches in social theory and cultural analysis; key readings of some of the work of writers including Barthes and Giddens; reviews of work in more traditional areas, for example, the sociology of identity and the embedding process found in social life; and advice on further reading.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Kingdom Law

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Kingdom Law

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/12/1995

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is rapidly acquiring great influence in international law, as academics and practitioners recognize the profound scope and reach of the Covenant's provisions for the promotion and protection of individual freedom, and human rights. In this highly original collection of essays by a group of leading British scholars, the impact of the Covenant on United Kingdom law is assessed, and the relative effectiveness of the Covenant as opposed to other regionally-based human rights agreements is discussed and analysed. This is the first major scholarly assessment of the Covenant's provisions, and as such it will be of great interest not only to domestic lawyers and scholars, but to international lawyers who will recognize the importance of the examination of British State Practice with regard to the law.

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies

Author: David Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/1992

This book examines the rise of cultural studies and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses. The author raises searching questions about the originality of cultural studies and its political motivation. Written with zest and a judicious sense of purpose it is a landmark work in cultural studies media and the sociology of culture.

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies

From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure The Effects of Gramscianism on Cultural Studies

Author: David Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/1992

This book examines the rise of cultural studies and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses. The author raises searching questions about the originality of cultural studies and its political motivation. Written with zest and a judicious sense of purpose it is a landmark work in cultural studies media and the sociology of culture.

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