To Steve Allen, collecting
curses has been a hobby and a continual source of delight for many years.
In this wonderfully funny (and shockingly useful) book, he shares his
hilarious, sinister findings with millions of his friends. Here are
assembled over 100 of his favorite curses gathered from a wide variety of
sources: anthropologists, writers, archeologists, senior citizens of many
cultures, and an occasional passing taxi driver.
They fulfill almost
every cursing need that man has had since the beginning of time and range
from the Polynesian, “May fire blast the eyes of the thief who stole my
bananas” (immensely practical for someone who just had his bananas
stolen), to the somewhat more damning biblical quote, “May the day you
were born be erased from the calendar” to the distinctly contemporary,
“May your sex life be as bad as your credit.”
Artist Marvin Rubin has
blessed these curses with his wild and witty illustrations.
So whether you wish to
smite your enemy or amuse your friends, this volume of vintage verbal
vengeance will prove a source of inspiration and amusement.