This book felt mostly like Buffett was writing to the one-percenters, you know the super rich. Perhaps he thought he was writing for everyone but he wThis book felt mostly like Buffett was writing to the one-percenters, you know the super rich. Perhaps he thought he was writing for everyone but he wasn't. That's not who he is. Albeit he only got $90,000 when he turned of age, so he wasn't given everything. In the epilogue Buffett stated that the book really was just him thinking out loud, not really intended to be a self-help book or anything like that. No, it isn't anything like that at all. Just a few good ways to think about living your life, if you have the choice.
There are some good points in here, truly well meaning, trying to improve society overall, and for that I gave the book a decent rating. But honestly, if you aren't someone who has money and doesn't know what to do with your time, you can skip this one.
Here is one thought I particularly enjoyed, found in Chapter 6: "Our absolute needs are few. The more we imagine we need, the more we complicate our lives. These phantom needs drive us to acquire. The urge to acquire dictates how we use our time, and thereby limits our freedom. The more we think we need, the less free we are. On the other hand our freedom, our control of our own time, is increased by everything that we can do without. But doing without, unfortunately, is something that many people don't seem to be so good at." ...more
Poetry. Capital P Poetry. Mostly autobiographical. Some about her father, dying. Some about her experiences with men. Some about her childhood. Some writtePoetry. Capital P Poetry. Mostly autobiographical. Some about her father, dying. Some about her experiences with men. Some about her childhood. Some written for others. ...more
a love story about C.K. William's wife, Catherine, and not surprisingly by the title, mostly about her laughter. The short book is more like a story ta love story about C.K. William's wife, Catherine, and not surprisingly by the title, mostly about her laughter. The short book is more like a story than poetry....more
There definitely needs to be more books like this one. It is eloquent, beautifully written, intelligent and at times humorous. Almost like literary crThere definitely needs to be more books like this one. It is eloquent, beautifully written, intelligent and at times humorous. Almost like literary criticism, but for video games. Bissell explains why video games matter, but mainly to himself. The book is very personal to the author, but in the specific you can generalize to all. ...more
This is a quirky book, from an admittedly quirky author. It’s about Barry Yourgrau's attempt to clean up his apartment. He isn't sure if he's a hoardeThis is a quirky book, from an admittedly quirky author. It’s about Barry Yourgrau's attempt to clean up his apartment. He isn't sure if he's a hoarder or not, he likes to think he's just a messy collector, but when his girlfriend comes to visit and can't get into the door because of all the stuff, well something has to be done. So begins The Project. Yourgrau has a tendency to desperately try connecting himself to almost anything, which is an unnecessary part of the narrative. Like the Collyer brothers, famous hoarders that lived in New York City until their demise in 1947. And there are more fleeting aspects than they both live in New York.
The girlfriend's name changes several times throughout the book, and her mother's as well near the end. It's just a distraction. There are bits of extraneous information everywhere. Most of the parts with the girlfriend aren’t necessary to the story, but if you think of the book as a memoir, then it works better. Yourgrau early on talks about how distracted he gets, so this extra fluff is really part of who he is ultimately.
Yourgrau visits therapists and support groups, like Clutterers Anonymous and investigates other places of hoarders and the people who help them clear their stuff. Of course the television shows of hoarders are mentioned, how could it not? Yourgrau is particularly bent on comparing his problem of stuff with others, often pictures are mentioned but none are provided in the book. Yourgrau definitely has emotional issues tied to his things, and most particularly Father issues, which is explored in the book, as part of The Project.
Overall it is very readable, and interesting to a degree. The writing style and approach is cutesy and a can be annoying at times. Near the end the point of view changes, jarring, unnecessary, but I suppose adds to the quirky distracting nature of the overall book. This is not a book to read to try to fix your own problem, no, it's more just one man's tale of what his experience with his stuff and his life, or how his life affected him to accumulate stuff. And how he de-cluttered, cleaned up. The subtitle really does explain what the book is about. If you want a book to help you declutter your life look elsewhere, but if you're fascinated by the topic this is a good enough read.
One of the most poignant quotes gleaned from the book, a quote from someone else, Susan Pearce an "expert on collecting", she said: "Souvenirs are lost youth, lost friends, lost past happiness; they are the tears of things."