This was a book of excuses. It was a book where Morrissey spent the entire volume explaining why nothing that went wrong in his life was his fault. IThis was a book of excuses. It was a book where Morrissey spent the entire volume explaining why nothing that went wrong in his life was his fault. I know people like that. I don't hang around with them. And I certainly don't give them a whole lot of my time. I gave him, Morrissey, much more of my time that he deserved. Now, as an added benefit, I like his music less....more
It's not a terribly original idea - telling the stories of everyday people one meets through chance encounters. The catalyst for this adventure was aIt's not a terribly original idea - telling the stories of everyday people one meets through chance encounters. The catalyst for this adventure was a ten dollar bill, serial number 1A74407937A. As this bill changed hands it came with a British journalist as a bonus rider. From Lebanon, Kansas to Missouri to Arkansas to Chicago to Michigan. Along the way people were hospitable and even heartwarmingly friendly. He learned about Americans and their stories....more
I've seen the movie, but the book was better. How many times has that been said? It's almost always true.
Benjamin isn't just a smarmy little rich punI've seen the movie, but the book was better. How many times has that been said? It's almost always true.
Benjamin isn't just a smarmy little rich punk who graduated from college and has no ambition, drive, or interest in anything outside the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner. He's a mixed up metaphor for an entire decade - those disillusioned with what's expected of them and when reaching for what their parents valued, realized that the true prizes in life were already within their grasp.
I've been meaning to read this book for years. Now I have and I am changed.
I know what it's like to be poor, but I don't know what it's like to be worI've been meaning to read this book for years. Now I have and I am changed.
I know what it's like to be poor, but I don't know what it's like to be working poor and although I thought I could imagine. I can't. I was wrong.
Ehrenreich was candid about her experiment - she could bail on it at any time, but she brought the realism of the plight of so many millions of Americans for whom housing, food and clothing are real, pressing concerns.
Imagining is half the challenge - imagine poverty. Fixing it is the other half. Fix the desperation of those who try to work to get ahead but never can because the system is rigged against them.
Please read this - please be changed by it....more
Thirteen Reasons Why . . . I didn't fall in love with this book.
One - I just didn't buy it. Hannah chugged a bottle of pills and killed herself becausThirteen Reasons Why . . . I didn't fall in love with this book.
One - I just didn't buy it. Hannah chugged a bottle of pills and killed herself because she had given up hope and her life was crashing down around her and no one would press through her resistance to force their help upon her. I don't buy it because as her walls of resistance against help go up, her walls of resistance against her undeserved reputation fall and she becomes the person she most despises. I don't doubt this could happen, but I don't think it was narrated convincingly - her collapse just seemed contrived and her level of desperation didn't come across as being shown to us, but just told to us.
Two - I liked Clay. He seemed real. This is his story. I wish the author understood that as well. I wish the book included interaction between Clay and the thirteen reasons. We see Clay helpless and that isn't the best approach to the subject matter.
Three - The story could be important. I'm afraid when it's a Selena Gomez movie, it's going to be a sniveling whiny reality show knock-off. If the book had been approached differently, this concern could have been mitigated.
Four - The guidance counselor slash 1st period teacher didn't do anything wrong. I'm sorry, but these people can't spontaneously force kids to admit suicidal tendencies and they can't read minds. I didn't buy the exchange. Maybe if there had been more involvement. Maybe if there'd been some context. Maybe . . .
Five - I felt bad for Clay. That should have been the story. Clay gets to be the hero . . . too late. Let us see it.
Six - Rape is horrendous. That scene was powerful. That scene is the most real part of the narrative. That scene brought the review from two to three stars.
Seven - I liked the cassette tapes. It was nostalgic. But it seemed like a solution for the author not the character. Too many ways for these tapes to get out to everyone if they'd been digitally stored. The author couldn't figure out how to share this dual-voiced narrative in any other way. That's not the audience's fault. Maybe if the whole school, or the whole town, had been copied on the audio - - maybe then Clay could have been dealing with real people and the aftermath while assembling a credible story of Hannah's life.
Eight - The parties weren't real. I've been to a lot of parties. Jay Asher obviously hasn't.
Nine - The story doesn't feel current. It feels like the author is trying to place a two decade's old story into present day and not succeeding very well. Too much old technology, old cars, and ancient scenes and not enough new solutions. It's a crutch.
Ten - I thought the story started well. I thought the snowball effect worked. From a sexist, yet seemingly innocuous list. The snowball effect failed when Hannah started giving up on herself. I would've been more convinced if she had been broken at some point. But her attitude and confrontational language in the tapes show that she had never been broken.
Eleven - Maybe, just maybe, I don't understand teenage girls. I accept that.
Twelve - I'm considering dropping my rating a star. But I think my initial reaction was solid. I'll keep as a C - it passed but didn't overwhelm.
Thirteen - I still think teenage boys should read the story. If it causes them to think twice about how they communicate with or about girls, then it's worth it....more
I'm sad that in depth expose journalism only happens in book form today. It's not sad that George Dohrmann received unprecedented access into a majorI'm sad that in depth expose journalism only happens in book form today. It's not sad that George Dohrmann received unprecedented access into a major feeding ground into the professional basketball ranks.
Is it sad that for every AAU success story that there is dozens of kids who allow their grades and lives to stall, hinged on the hopes of a basketball future? It's nearly an addiction which stunts the lives of children for their exploitation by men and by a system designed to siphon money from their future.
Is it horrific that there are men who invest their futures into the potential success of children, instead of lifting them up, these men are herding them into one-way paddocks - basketball success or life's failure is the only results these men produce.
Is it right that this much money comes from shoe companies and into AAU basketball? Is it right that 10 and 11 year old kids are being served up as the next Labron James or Michael Jordan? Is it right . . .
Of course it isn't. Of course this is wrong. Do we need to know? Yes.
Could this have been reported in a newspaper or magazine or television news program? Could investigative journalism return to the national public attention instead of the bookstore shelves? I hope so. If that ever happens, maybe we could have important stories boiled into the relevant points and delivered with credibility and timeliness. Maybe.
This book is good, but about 150 pages too long. It had to be padded. Books have to have more pages than a magazine and more words than a pamphlet....more
I finished this book a week ago and have spent the intervening time thinking about it. Keith Richards is a drug addict, alcoholic, party animal, and aI finished this book a week ago and have spent the intervening time thinking about it. Keith Richards is a drug addict, alcoholic, party animal, and a lawless despot. Those are accusations I'm not making lightly - it's summations of many parts of his book. But that's not really what this book is about. Keith Richards is a musician and he didn't come by his talent, arguably one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters in Rock and Roll, easily. He worked hard for it. He studied the masters on scratchy 33, 78, and 45 records for as many hours as a doctor or a lawyer spends studying their respective fields.
That's what I learned from his book. If you want to succeed - if you love something so much that it's what you dedicate your life to - you have to work at it. You have to work at it from morning to night, or in Keith Richards case, from Night to Night again. You have to want it so bad that you forgo sleep and food and you give it your 100% dedication. That's what Keith Richards did. This isn't a book about failed relationships, drug addiction, and trouble with the law. It isn't a book about struggles with Mick Jagger or how the music industry will steal from you and cheat you. All of that stuff is in here, but that's not what the book is about.
This is a book about loving music so much that he gave up everything else to master that passion and how he's still working at it and he's still coming up short. He'll never perfect his craft and I think that's exactly how he wants it. ...more
Rob Lowe tells engaging stories. They are fascinating, informative, compelling and emotional. As he was coming up in Hollywood, so was Matt Dillon, EmRob Lowe tells engaging stories. They are fascinating, informative, compelling and emotional. As he was coming up in Hollywood, so was Matt Dillon, Emilio Esteves, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Michael J Fox, and others - - and he knew them all. They competed for parts, played, talked, drank, and partied together. It was an amazing time in his life and he draws you into the web.
He rose to the top through hard work (for which he's proud), tenacity (which is a personality trait), and luck (for which he's grateful, and which he freely admits). He shares the successes and he reveals the failures, the disappointments, and the weaknesses. It's one of those books that you can give to a younger person and say, "See, you have to give 100% of yourself to succeed and to stand out."
What evoked the most emotion was unexpected and his most notorious episodes came across as inevitable. This is a man who owns all that he's done - good and bad - and has learned from it. ...more
Chelsea Handler is a funny, engaging writer. Her anecdotes of sleeping with one man after another and the strange, uncomfortable situations her nymphoChelsea Handler is a funny, engaging writer. Her anecdotes of sleeping with one man after another and the strange, uncomfortable situations her nymphomaniacally-induced lying gets her into are hilarious. The string of men, beds, parties and hangover revelations kept the book from getting boring. However, at the end I realized that nothing other than sex kept the story together. There wasn't much of a theme and only a very weak thrown in moralistic conclusion seemed to tie it together. Great for standup, works less well for an autobiography....more
Superheroes are the metaphors for our modern age and Grant Morrison is the guy to teach us this lesson.
As our attitudes and society changed, SupermanSuperheroes are the metaphors for our modern age and Grant Morrison is the guy to teach us this lesson.
As our attitudes and society changed, Superman, Batman, and scores of other heroes changed along with it. Through the patriotism of war, the enlightenment of civil rights, and the greed of the 80's, our heroes reflected our values.
I could summarize the sections, the chapters, and the conclusions, but I couldn't possibly do this book justice. Please read it....more
I read business books before, but none like Tribes by Seth Godin. When this book was first recommended to me I thought that it was going to be one ofI read business books before, but none like Tribes by Seth Godin. When this book was first recommended to me I thought that it was going to be one of those group friendly, feel good, “the Internet will solve all your problems” books. But instead it was about leadership and it's the kind of leadership that I've often suspected to be genuine. Seth describes the act of taking initiative in creating your own tribe which you lead accidentally or on purpose. And I have to say it's quite refreshing.
The one surprising thing in this book was finding it's concepts applicable to my own business. See I'm already a leader to my employees of which there are few, but I didn't expect to be shown the way to apply leadership toward my clients. And without going into details I found some very promising ideas in this book to engage people who are already interested in my services by getting them involved on a personal level with what I'm doing in and who I am. I have instinctually accomplished that in some ways through just being me, through conversation, and through being genuinely interested in the things that interest others.
The downsides of this book involve its continuity – don't expect a complete narrative full of flowing prose. He's organized this as a series of vignettes which he probably strung together out of previously published blog posts and articles. I think the entire project could've been put together more tightly but it doesn't change the fact that his message is valid and applicable in areas of your life that you previously didn't think about building tribes around.
I guess as a leadership manual this book reinforced my own instincts rather than introducing me to new concepts. But in the end it's in our motivation is supposed to do?...more
I never watched The Next Generation. It wasn't because of I'm not a nerd, I am. It was because I was busy ruAn Open Letter to Wil Wheaton:
I never watched The Next Generation. It wasn't because of I'm not a nerd, I am. It was because I was busy running around three different continents with a uniform and the rifle and I just never got around to it. As a result, I didn't know that you and ruin the show: completely unaware. In the dark.
You see, I know Wil Wheaton as the guy with the insightful blog, the somewhat nerdy persona, and the guest star on shows like The Big Bang Theory and Eureka. It's not that I didn't know that you were on Star Trek, it's just that I didn't know your role or the fact that you've been under a cloud of anger and animosity from fans and from the show's producers for much of your life.
You're a writer Mr. Wheaton. That's why I picked up this book. I was dragged to W00tStock last year in Minneapolis. I enjoy the show, but you weren't the reason I was attending. Then I heard you perform a story about the first time you went to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It blew me away. "Dude's an actor, what the fuck! He has no business being a writer," I thought.
I don't know if you're great actor. I haven't seen you in enough roles to be able to tell. Granted, you were fantastic in Stand by Me. That's when you were a kid. I do know you're a great writer. One of those writers who made me care about things I never cared about before like Star Trek and conventions and auditions. You made me part of your story and you took me a long and introduced me to people and situations and I cared about them.