This was the first honest-to-gosh personal finance book I have ever read, and I think I chose the best to start with.
It really helped me figure out so...moreThis was the first honest-to-gosh personal finance book I have ever read, and I think I chose the best to start with.
It really helped me figure out some of the mysteries behind home buying, how to set up a budget that includes retirement *and* other things along the way, investing, how to deal with credit cards, etc.
I've never really bothered with thinking about this kind of stuff, because I felt like "since I *don't* have a lot of $$$, I don't really *need* to think about this"--which is extremely stinkin' thinkin', but now I have a better handle on these ideas.(less)
I like that the connections with antiquity are found in classic literature, such as Byron, Shelly, and Swinburne...moreI liked this book, and didn't like it.
I like that the connections with antiquity are found in classic literature, such as Byron, Shelly, and Swinburne, rather than insisting on connection with some kind of lineage that goes back to ancients. I have a theory that while there was "a witchcraft" in pretty much every religion and culture throughout history, Wicca itself, and by extension most modern paganism, is a modern invention of many different things taken from different places.
After reading this I feel like I have a much better handle on both the Dorothy Clutterbuck and Margaret Murray issues that one hears so much about on Teh Intarwebz.
I liked learning more about the Masons and their connection and similarities to early labor unions and guilds.
Where I found myself floundering with the book was in the sections on "cunning folk", which left me feeling the way I did when I was wallowing through Colin Wilson's "The Occult"--indeed, at one point, Hutton acknowledges a literary debt to Wilson.
Towards the end there is also a bit of a dank feel, as the Gardnerian, Alexandrian, and subsequent traditions are expounded on, and the comings and goings of the players on the stage traced. The value in this is only in being able to find out where to go for more information.
There were many enjoyable moments in this book, and equally as many "Is this something I really *need* to know?" moments. As with any book of this much academic depth, I could probably benefit from reading it again sometime down the road.(less)
The comedian takes us through his life growing up in the sixties and seventies, with a generous sprinkling of sarcasm and heart-felt as well as humoro...moreThe comedian takes us through his life growing up in the sixties and seventies, with a generous sprinkling of sarcasm and heart-felt as well as humorous observations along the way.
Black is an extremely political animal, with a left-leaning libertarian slant. Some of the material in this book is a re-hash of some of his television bits on Comedy Central, but there is enough fleshing out that framework to make it worthwhile.
For this sentence alone, the book is worth the price of admission: "While Nixon spoke, I rubbed the shit across his televised face." I laughed out loud, and I think my grandmother, who hated Nixon with a passion, would have laughed too (even if she was a trifle red-faced.) She would have really enjoyed this book, and that's as good an endorsement as I can possibly give any book. (less)
I think what appealed to me about this book was the fact that it was the story of someone who had dropped out of school early and yet made a success o...moreI think what appealed to me about this book was the fact that it was the story of someone who had dropped out of school early and yet made a success of themselves.
What I didn't know was that I would learn things that go completely against what I've been taught. Things like, "Procrastinating isn't a way of running away from problems, it's a way of *solving* problems." And that it's ok to *quit* trying sometimes if you feel like it.
Of course, one wonders how well James Bach would have done, if he wasn't the son of Richard Bach, author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", himself a rather free-spirited, outside the box kind of thinker.
For people that want to learn that being "disorganized" isn't always a bad thing, and who want to take a look at learning from a different angle, this is a very good book.
I came away from this book with a reinforced idea that "experts" aren't always more knowledgeable about things than we are, some of them just know how to think creatively.(less)
A wonderful book! A wonderful human, she managed to fool them all! This was one of those biographies I like to just devour, when I find out what a mar...moreA wonderful book! A wonderful human, she managed to fool them all! This was one of those biographies I like to just devour, when I find out what a marvelous human someone was.(less)
Harriet is staunchly independent, irreverent, observant, passionate, intelligent, a fully formed radic...moreThis was the book that really turned my life on!
Harriet is staunchly independent, irreverent, observant, passionate, intelligent, a fully formed radical feminist character.
It was read to me by a teacher that dared mention feminism in our first grade summer school class. I got sick and could not finish the summer session, but I liked it so much I sought it out and read it myself--which started my career as a reader, a writer, and a feminist simultaneously, at the age of six. I think the teacher was later fired for being a feminist in our staid, buttoned up school district.
This book is also, symbolically anyway, the story of Louise Fitzhugh, herself a great revolutionary figure, a fairly open lesbian.
And I suggest reading this in the original edition, if you can get your hands on it, the illustrations, done by Fitzhugh herself, do much to transport you to the feel and the setting of this book, New York in the late 60s, early 70s. The newer editions, with their "nicer, more feminine" looking covers, seem to mill out all the personality, and one wonders if the contents themselves are similarly compromised. (less)
Well, this was sitting in my bookshelf for a long time, and I'm currently going through a "read it and get rid of it" culling thing. Didn't know I was...moreWell, this was sitting in my bookshelf for a long time, and I'm currently going through a "read it and get rid of it" culling thing. Didn't know I was sitting on YA fiction gold. I have to put it in a bag of books that's going to be sold at a garage sale, and whoever gets this will be pleasantly surprised.
It's a book about "the hippie revolution" and the "generation gap" from the late sixties, so it's a little dated, it talks about "the moral depression", and has a rather melodramatic ending, but for young kids, it would make a great read.
Maia Wojciechowska won a Newberry Award medal, and I seem to remember reading "Shadow of a Bull" as a kid, but this book sends me into a mood to revisit her work, to learn more about great writing, whatever the topic.(less)
Read this, and like I do with most Brautigan, I found myself alternating between feeling "That's so beautifully written, I want to cry. Why can't *I*...moreRead this, and like I do with most Brautigan, I found myself alternating between feeling "That's so beautifully written, I want to cry. Why can't *I* write like that?" and busting out laughing at his subtle humor.
I think people think Brautigan is that hippy-dippy "Watermelon Sugar" guy, but he really was a deeply gifted writer, I think if people read this and "Confederate General from Big Sur" they will definitely see what lies beneath the hippy surface.
He is one of my favorite writers of all time, and this book is one of the reasons why.(less)
Wow! What a tremendous book! I've been a Marc Maron fan, like, forever--like BEFORE he was on Conan's show. But I waited til now for some reason to re...moreWow! What a tremendous book! I've been a Marc Maron fan, like, forever--like BEFORE he was on Conan's show. But I waited til now for some reason to read his autobiography, his other book, "Attempting Normal", is more like a gateway drug for the Marc uninitiated--it didn't suck, but it was somewhat familiar territory for me.
In this book Marc talks about his youth in Albuquerque, New Mexico, his college years, as well as the early days of his career in Los Angeles' famed Comedy Store.
What you will read here is that Marc Maron is actually a very spiritual guy--don't laugh, it's true. At one point he actually meditates.
Reading this, one will see the drive behind his manic, neurotic comedy, see the gestation and formation of the themes behind it. It was a great ride, I dug it!
Not only did I love this book on Kindle, but as soon as I finished I fired off an order for it in paperback to give to a young friend who is curious a...moreNot only did I love this book on Kindle, but as soon as I finished I fired off an order for it in paperback to give to a young friend who is curious about witchcraft and magic.
I would recommend this for kids in the 8 - 10 age group and reading level. As a person that is interested in magic myself, this book gives very sound advice to kids about how to get started, presenting the information in very uncomplicated language.
I would even recommend this for teens and adults who are new to the study of magic. The concepts here are sound, I can't think of any stripe of neo-pagan tradition that would have a problem with the stuff being taught here, it's that basic to things that can be found in *all* practices.
There are things in here on theory and getting in touch with one's own magic, crafts to make magical charms, mojo bags, cord magic, magic wands, how to cast a circle, herbs and stones, how to make potions, the elements, book of shadows, even getting in touch with spirit guides and such. Any young magician that reads this and puts it into practice would have a good foundation for life and whatever magical tradition that they took up later.(less)
Strong language and plain talk may be just the kick in the rear you need to get started!
Warning: This book contains cuss words. Not something you expe...moreStrong language and plain talk may be just the kick in the rear you need to get started!
Warning: This book contains cuss words. Not something you expect from a business book. Business people are supposed to be button-down, professional, projecting an image at all times. However, this book speaks plainly, using language most of us use, and leaves behind stuffy business jargon and concepts that business newbies probably wouldn't know. The result is a book that pulls no punches and challenges us to move on what we do know.
Throughout this eBook are sprinkled tips to help entrepreneurs with practical ideas to run start-ups. You are taught the basics about formulating your vision and plans for a company, how to deal with funding a company and dealing with investors (Michalowicz maintains that these should be kept to a bare minimum, if used at all), as well as a few ideas for how to run the money side of the business.
One important thing I want to let people know about this eBook, which I've seen discussed on some of the Kindle boards: This is an extremely well written, well edited piece of writing. The author acknowledges the team behind this publication, and their work definitely shows. A very pleasant thing when you often see Kindle eBooks that sorrowfully forgo any editing at all.(less)