Praise for "How to Sharpen Pencils
"The book is powerfully funny ... a stylistic high-wire act, and Rees never teeters." "
--The New Yorker"
"Dear Reader is plunged into delicious confusion ... gloriously irreverent."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"This is the best treatise on pencil sharpening (in a sea of none) and diabolically funny. I've already alerted the Pulitzer committee." "--Library Journal
""This book is really a must-read for anyone interested in pencils. And there are well-placed lines likely to render you, as I was, doubled over in laughter. But what I enjoyed most about Mr. Rees' book was reading something written with such sincerity by a person who obviously does what he does with care." "--Pencil Revolution
"There is a long chapter on how to sneak into someone's house and smash their electric pencil sharpener with a mallet." --"Businessweek"
"The hand-sharpened pencils sent to me by artisanal pencil sharpener David Rees are without a doubt the MOST EFFICIENT writing instruments in my collection. I use them both for business and for pleasure, as their SLEEK and ELEGANT design coupled with their AMAZING SHARPNESS help make me an object of envy at work and about town. My favorite use for a David Rees hand-sharpened pencil? Sending threatening letters to strangers whose names I pick out of a phone book."
--MATT TAIBBI, investigative journalist
"Of all the great artisanal crafts, hat blocking, cobbling, and trolloping, I think I was most disheartened to see pencil sharpening relegated to the dusty bin of history. That is why 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, crafts expert
"Looking back, I cannot believe that I spent so many years of my life mechanically sharpening my own pencils with pencil sharpeners. Truly, my life before I was presented with correctly sshow more