A witty volume for anyone who's ever asked, "Is it wrong that I'm smiling?" The Germans may have come up with the word for it, but schadenfreude-the taking of pleasure in someone else's misery-is a pretty universal human tendency. This book takes a look at the phenomenon with numerous examples, both historical and more recent, from the worlds of art and entertainment, sports, politics, and more. It also explores the roots of schadenfreude-and its connections to everything from psychology to religion to slapstick comedy. From the author of The Snark Handbook, it's a smart, funny look at the sometimes not-so-noble side of human nature.
by Lawrence Dorfman
by D.H. Lawrence
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