David Rees first came to fame as the author of Get Your War On, a Bush-era comic strip composed from clip-art that he emailed to friends. It was eventually serialized byRolling Stone magazine, collected into three successful books, and turned into an off-Broadway play. He is also the author of the workplace satireMy New Filing Technique is Unstoppable. He lives in Beacon, New York.
A hilarious guide to the lost art of artisanal pencil sharpening
John Hodgman (introduction) is the author of the bestsellers The Areas of My Expertise, andMore Information Than You Require. Hes also known for his appearances in Apples Get a Mac advertising campaign, and for his correspondent work onThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
"...I am so thrilled David Rees is picking up the reins of the forgotten art of manual graphite-encased-in-wood point-crafting. I love my pencil!"AMY SEDARIS
"You may think that sharpening a pencil is easy, but David Rees makes it look hard, and that makes all the difference."JOHN HODGMAN
"Truly, my life before I was presented with correctly sharpened pencils by an artisan was a dull and ill-sharpened void. Learn from my mistakes."NEIL GAIMAN
Have you got the right kind of point on your pencil? Do you know how to achieve the perfect point for the kind of work you need out of that pencil?
Deep in New Yorks Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Reesthe worlds number one #2 pencil sharpenerstill practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. In 2010, he began offering his artisanal service to the world, to the jubilation of artists, writers, draftsmen, and standardized test takers.
Now, Rees presents a book that is both a manifesto and a fully-illustrated walk-through of the many, many, many ways to sharpen a pencil. Including chapters on equipment, current practice, and modern technologies, it also points at new trends in sharpening, including "Celebrity Impression Pencil Sharpening (CIPS)," a warning about the Psychological Risks Associated with Pencil Sharpening, and a survey of "Wines that tastes like pencils."
As Rees implores: "Sharpening pencils should be an activity that enriches the senses."
And if you think its a joke, why dont you poke yourself with your newly sharpened pencil? Or better yet, dontbecause itll really hurt.