When you need to know what to say and how to say it — in convenient elevator pitch form

Whoa hey, thanks for holding the door! I mean, assuming you were pushing the doors-open button and not the doors-closed button, haha. Ever wondered what to say in awkward conversations like this one? Well, what you need is WIT, and by wit I mean spontaneous creativity. This book is the result of deep dive into the backstories of some of the wittiest people who ever lived — Great Wits ranging from Oscar Wilde to Jay-Z. The goal: To find out what made them so witty, and what we can learn from it. Oh, and it’s zippy and fun and filled with cartoons and quizzes and zingers freely available for your use next time you’re stuck in an elevator like this one. Here’s my floor. Bye!

 

“Kind questions are designed to lull your quarry into a conversational mood,” Jessica Mitford explains. “By the time you get to the Cruel questions … your interlocutor will find it hard to duck and may blurt out a quotable nugget.”

https://wit.substack.com/p/jessica-mitfords-ends-and-frenemies

"The radio station was playing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, a sure sign that things were much worse than they appeared" - @Shteyngart

The wit’s guide to dilettantes on Get Wit Quick https://wit.substack.com/p/the-wits-guide-to-dilettantes?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=auto_share&s=w

“[A writer's fame] is enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.” - F. Lebowitz

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” - D. Parker