Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons

Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons Tara Laskowski explains There are many etiquette books from Emily Post and others that tell you what to do when attending a wedding setting the table asking for a promotion introducing yourself at
  • Title: Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons
  • Author: Tara Laskowski
  • ISBN: 9780983792840
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons
    Tara Laskowski explains, There are many etiquette books from Emily Post and others that tell you what to do when attending a wedding, setting the table, asking for a promotion, introducing yourself at a party What I became interested in is the darker side of etiquette the way people conduct themselves in situations that Emily Post would never write about This book startTara Laskowski explains, There are many etiquette books from Emily Post and others that tell you what to do when attending a wedding, setting the table, asking for a promotion, introducing yourself at a party What I became interested in is the darker side of etiquette the way people conduct themselves in situations that Emily Post would never write about This book started with the story The Etiquette of Adultery I loved that title and all that it suggested Was there an etiquette, a set of unwritten rules, for a situation that seemed to break all the rules of a decent society From there, the collection grew exploring the etiquette of obesity, dementia, infertility, arson, etc These stories were really fun to write for two reasons One, they allowed me to experiment with form, writing in small sections, chapters, definitions and other pieces of a suggested larger text And two, I loved seeing how the characters emerged from each story Each person in these ten stories ends up writing their own codes of etiquette, which I think is actually true in life We all have our rules, our moral codes, our lines that we won t cross It s when we cross those lines that things get really interesting.
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  • Tara Laskowski

    Tara Laskowski grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and now navigates traffic in the Washington, D.C suburbs She is the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons Matter Press 2012 and the forthcoming Bystanders Santa Fe Writers Project 2016 Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock s Mystery Magazine, Mid American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009, and won the grand prize for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly She and her husband, writer Art Taylor, write the column Long Story Short at the Washington Independent Review of Books Tara earned a BA in English with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.

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  • They try to love They try their best These simple sentences to me sum up this wonderful, satirical collection of flash pieces Highly inventive, but underneath, highly empathetic Laskowski knows the human heart For behind the devilish humor is raw emotion, even in such unsympathetic narrators as a pyromaniac Normally I prefer to read writers whose style matches mine, but I was totally taken with the voices in this collection and filled with admiration And as someone who was in book production, I [...]


  • I love Tara s work In Modern Manners for your Inner Demons,she gives us etiquette for life My favorite is The Art of the Public Restroom You get a story we ve all lived and makes us smile She manages to balance traditional story telling with a modern sensibility She writes with humor of the very best kind, just a little devilish see that cover and is dead on when it comes to observing human nature.


  • Smart without being gimmicky or too clever, these stories read quickly and yet linger for much longer Tara Laskowski s humor has a gentle and teasing bite In fact, if she could be carried in one s shirt pocket to jury duty or the doctor or the DMV, we would all be better people At least we can take along Modern Manners Laskowski and Matter Press have published a very tender collection of human frailty and failings.


  • Sly, clever, original take on the sad, bewildering, dead on truths of being human A terrific read Also love the cover art by Brandon Wicks.


  • I was fortunate enough to have read this in it s final draft form a zippy, provocative collection just as wicked as the cover art suggests.


  • I won this book in a Giveaway It was a lot of fun and the author has a great imagination, but ultimately it felt like a lengthy creative writing assignment I wish there was of a narrative or maybe a greater expansion on what the book already is It s a good book to pick up here and there, but hard to take in one sitting even if it is only 90 pages.


  • I won this book in a giveaway.I was torn on how I felt about this book It felt dry and slightly choppy But it was also pretty dang insightful and funny in many parts Well written, but ultimately not for me, I suppose.



  • This review originally ran in The Collagist Imagine if the instruction manual for your Ikea chair had been written by someone with a bad attitude who is privy to the intimate details of your personal life The stories in Tara Laskowski s Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons are not told by the kind of people interested in turning lemons into lemonade This slender little book with a cartoony cover drawing of the devil bowing to kiss the hand of a ladylike character promises sarcasm and plenty of i [...]


  • Each story in this collection begins with the concept of etiquette of a negative situation like adultery, obesity, infertility , and out of the format of an etiquette handbook, real characters emerge, each with their own specific story to tell Ordinarily you wouldn t look for a book of etiquette to elicit any emotional response, but these stories move you, stick with you, and make you wonder what etiquette rules you observe This book is a fast read but a worthwhile one.


  • Wanted to give this book 1 1 2 stars but I just could not give it 2 stars It was funny to start but then I could not figure out if the author wanted the narrator to be male or female The book got boring and long winded I did finish it but will not read it again.


  • I just didnt get it It was funny at times, but really choppy and no flow I read t super quickly, but at times it was annoying and painful Not something Id read again So glad it was free.


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