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This is a collection of essays, including the title one, in which various people are skewered (Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, Freud, Socrates) and various subjects are given a twist. There are a few stories for comic relief, like the one about the orchestra leader who liked to play with his baton in public. The problem of organ transplants is discussed, with the recommendation that the practice be drastically curtailed or even abandoned. Idiots on bicycles are given the heave-ho. The author discovers idiocy at an early age, and comes up with a headline that is just too perfect not to use, but which the newspaper has to reject. Why the super-rich should have their net worth taxed is put under the microscope and found to be a potentially viral notion.

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