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Author of   Pimps Whores And Patrons Of Virtue

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Albeit indispensable, oxygen does not enrich life. Observation does.


Critical review
“Original, outrageous, great humor, brutally honest, wow depth of thought. Manning writes with great passion about people and life, in the first person, speaking directly to the reader. Thirty-two unique pieces that will leave you intellectually challenged, entertained, and with lots of hearty laughs. Best be intelligent and have a sense of humor. A must read.”

“And then, there is Steve’s deep command of the language and crazy brand of expressive writing will leave you amused and grateful to have spent time together, his unique style and perspective engenders introspection on your own life.”

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About the Author

Some people collect stamps, memorabilia, music, dolls, Zippo lighters, bottle caps, Happy Meals, toys, rocks, bad habits. As an astute observer of people, life and all manner of happenings,

Manning Collects People and Stories.

Steve asserts to lead a preposterously fulfilling life. That tends to happen to people who will try and fail to read everything in print and online, talk to anybody about anything, anywhere, anytime. And then try to live all of that. His Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal and A Life Without Passion Is A Life Not Worth Living philosophies are on his omnipresent imaginary teleprompter.


Book cover of Pimps, Whores, and Patrons of Virtue by author Steven J Manning

Albeit indispensable, oxygen does not enrich life. Observation does.

All about the human condition and spirit. Original, outrageous, great humor, brutally honest, Kaleidoscopic, urgent, unfiltered, wow depth of thought.

SJ (Steven J.) Manning writes with great passion about people and life, in the first person, speaking directly to the reader. Thirty-two unique pieces that will leave the reader intellectually challenged, entertained, and with lots of hearty laughs. Best have a sense of humor. A must read.

In this highly entertaining, informed, and intellectually challenging collection of satires, anecdotes, essays, ideologies and reflections, Manning delves anecdotally into the wonderful and often incomprehensible world of the human condition and spirit, in all its spellbinding complexity.

PIMPS WHORES AND PATRONS OF VIRTUE invites readers to meander through 35 years of Manning’s intellectual exophthalmia: observations, reflections, projections, correspondence, life experiences, stamp-filled passports, collection of interesting and interestingly boring people, answers to the next question and the next and the next, venting, people and things good, bad, and ugly, and irrelevant facts, factoids, and more.

The author anecdotally paints a kaleidoscope of people, which he categorizes as pimps, whores, and the rarest of the species, patrons of virtue. This book showcases all three categories in their blooming glory and their incomprehensible worst. Thirty-two unique pieces, fueled by humor, inquisition and inspirations, balanced by the reality of life.

And finally, how to get through an ordinary day: love, humor, labor, tolerance, thoughtfulness, and a valiant attempt at balance.

Contents From Pimps Whores And Patrons Of Virtue

  • Kick-off
  • Uncle Úgene
  • The Truth About Men
  • “Only Women Bleed”
  • There Is A God Up There
  • Plan “B”
  • The big man in the khaki shirt and riding boots with his arm up a cow’s “thing”
  • On mergers and acquisitions
  • Letter to the Honorable Dr. Immo Starbreit
  • Psyche and soul
  • 29,029 no more
  • Convicts, cherries and the classic contrarian: in your face virtue. A story of a virtuous man who lived and suffered plying at patronage.
  • Isaac Asimov’s underwear
  • Nerds
  • Things are seldom what they appear to be!
  • If you have your head stuck up your rectum so far …
  • Dilemma in spread relationships
  • Keep your jack!
  • On class
  • Dinner with my friends
  • White, rich and angry
  • The bidet police
    (Faithful Readers participation)
  • P.C. and culture of apology
  • Everybody has to have someone to
 dump on
  • Oliver Stone and Jerry Seinfeld
  • Human intercourse
    (Faithful Readers participation)
  • Letter to Dr. Smith: a quintessential journey from ignorance to arrogance, without nary a brush with intelligence.
  • Malodorous metaphor
  • Hunted in America
  • About me and mine
  • Finally: quality prostitutes

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Thanks Oscar!

Fancy yourself an original thinker all you want, as do I. A wonderful delusion therefrom, I readily admit, is mostly deductive and down-line from scribes I fancy and readily “borrow from”. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jean Jacques Rousseau, Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, Søren Kierkegaard, George Carlin, Charles Krauthammer, Clarence Darrow, all who contributed to the bible, H.L. Menken, Winston Churchill, Vladimir Nabokov, Aristotle to name a handful. And maybe Manning.

None more indiscriminately cynical than Wilde.

Forthcoming are my observations and meditative attempts at modern horse-sense, based on Wilde’s (hence Oscar) and other notables’ unique quips I wish I could emulate.


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When I return for my second round, if there is such an afterlife trip, I want to come back as a really good looking woman with a really bad attitude. Thusly, the world shall be mine for the conquering.


The Murder Of Substance In The Former US of A

When style killed substance, greed goodwill, power reason, self-service truth, narcissism humanity, entitlements family, tenure education, racism tolerance, social media thinking, Amazon store – fronts, NFL football, NBA bball, PC grey matter, you me, me you, they us, we them …

When we finally succeeded in canceling ourselves entirely.


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