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If a masterpiece is both sui generis and gives abiding pleasure, then Stephen Potter's odd books "Gamesmanship" (1947), "Lifemanship" (1950), "One-upmanship" (1952), and "Supermanship" (1958) surely qualify.
In "One-upmanship," Potter suggests that one way to even things up is to prearrange a woman with a sexy voice to telephone at a time when one is likely to be unclothed in the physician's examining room, and that one take the call sitting naked upon the physician's desk, chatting amiably away.
I first read "One-upmanship" at age 19, and not long after attended a lecture by the book's author, an Englishman who, had his accent been any plummier, would have been indecipherable.
It comes from Stephen Potter, the author of Lifemanship, One-upmanship, and other classics.
One-upmanship being at the core of narcissistic writing, Rosenbaum sees Romano and raises him one.
One-upmanship has been practiced by the Fifth Dimension,
A shorter description would be "A Manual of One-upmanship for Cocktail Party Conversation."
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