Arthur Plotnik’s book, Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, aside from being possessed of the best title I have read in a long while, is also a pneumatic (page 180) thesaurus and reference; it’s a redoubtable (meaning “fearsome,” page 181) collection for when “terrific” or “wonderful” just won’t do. A thesaurus presents synonyms and antonyms alphabetically, but Better Than Great presents them in context.
The 15 chapters sort the words by what they might describe. Are you looking for something a little more descriptive of Scarlett Johansson than “beautiful”? Try “Callipygian” (a first-century BC statue of Venus looking down over her shoulder in order to regard her own shapely backside). Are you stumped when “large” or “gargantuan” just doesn’t seem to fit? How about “Godzillian”? A thesaurus can be a dull thing to read, but Arthur Plotnik lends it style. Each chapter starts with a brief description of why you might be looking for a particular word, and then describes how the collection might be used even more effectively. It’s difficult to describe how a thesaurus is entertaining, but the author has managed it. From the sheer number of quality adjectives, I imagine I would find one in this terrific – scratch that – frabjous (page 14) compendium.
Videogames are incredibly popular in our culture. Currently one of the most popular games is Minecraft, a game that lets you build almost anything in the world you desire. The game is particularly quirky due to its highly pixilated and blocky style, [...]
If you do any sort of acting, be it community theatre or Broadway, you know that you have to have a repertory of great monologues. Preferably, you want some that are comedic and others that are dramatic, ones that are appropriate to your age and “type,” [...]
Eye Wide Open is a well-researched look at how people make decisions. Noreena Hertz provides examples, research, and her own observations for how people are influenced, which ultimately effects the decisions they make. She contends that people need to get [...]