Bill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his artiBill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his articles on ESPN.com that he was a Boston homer, but I didn't know that he loved the Celtics so much that he would dedicate three years of his life to write a book that should have been titled "The Bible of Beantown Basketball (With the Occasional Talk of Non-Boston Related Items to Spice Things Up)".
But once you get past the Russell and Auerbach and Bird and McHale and Walton and the rest of the '86 Celtics love fest--which is pretty much 80% of the book--you're left with the sometimes coherent, and most of the time entertaining, ramblings of a self-professed basketball junkie.
Now I know some people will be turned off by Simmons' writing style, which consists of a healthy amount of pop-culture references in addition to the many stories of the debauchery that he and his merry band of buddies took part of in their good old days. But I'm ok with it. He doesn't try to be and write like an accomplished journalist or author which is something that he's clearly not. It seems to me that his purpose behind writing this book was to write to write a book about basketball that not only educated the reader but also entertained. And for the most part it did.
So to wrap things up, if you're a fan of the sport, and you've read a couple of Simmons' ESPN articles without having the urge to strangle him afterwards, than more than likely you'll enjoy this book. ...more
I would say that the best thing that I learned from this book is the "inhale down the front, exhale up the back" breathing technique. It's very relaxiI would say that the best thing that I learned from this book is the "inhale down the front, exhale up the back" breathing technique. It's very relaxing and I especially like doing it while I'm at the gym; I think it makes my abs firmer which make me look fitter.
I thought it was funny how the author basically makes it seem like most women are crazy and emotionally unstable. According to him, that's what makes them beautiful. Made me wonder if he knew some of the same girls that I've met.
Like most self-help books, it was mostly common sense except this one had some new-age craziness mixed with it. There was some good advice and then there were times when I had no idea what he was talking about. And this is from someone who actually meditates (whenever I have time to which is almost never) so it's not like I have something against this sort of spiritual growth.
All in all, I liked it and recommend it. Do I feel like a more "superior man" after reading it? Well, I did just kill a roach without using Raid so, yeah, I would have to say so. You don't really get any more "superior manly" than that, I don't think....more
Steven Covey does not joke around when it comes to his 7 habits. Literally. In the 370+ pages of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", I came acrSteven Covey does not joke around when it comes to his 7 habits. Literally. In the 370+ pages of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", I came across only a single joke (but if you didn't like the book, or his teachings, then there's a good chance you probably think the entire book is a joke). Granted, he did make fun of himself with that one joke, which made him not look like an absolute square. Because there are certain parts of the book that get a little too dry for my liking, I found myself calling him the Crypt-Keeper of Personal Change (one look at his pic and you'll see what I'm talking about), mostly to keep myself awake. Overall, though, I thought the book was pretty good, with enough helpful and easy enough advice (on paper) in it to actually improve people's lives (assuming they apply it in the same sense that Covey talks about in the book). Now if I could just my circle of influence to get my brother, who recommended it to me by constantly singing it's praises and saying it's the best self-help book he's ever read, to actually finish it, too. ...more
This book is groundbreaking... if you read it 40 years ago. Now, it's just filled with obvious observations that any half-way paying attention personThis book is groundbreaking... if you read it 40 years ago. Now, it's just filled with obvious observations that any half-way paying attention person can make like, "If a woman is frowning then she may--or may not--be upset." Ok, maybe the book isn't that obvious, but you don't really want me to spoil all of it for you, do you?
But I do want to thank Julius Fast for giving me the line, "Nah, baby, I wasn't staring. I was just admiring your particular mode of nonverbal communication. It's very inspiring." Good looking out Captain Obvious!...more
Things that I learned from reading "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs":
- That Chuck Klosterman is not a morning person which reassured me that being one isThings that I learned from reading "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs":
- That Chuck Klosterman is not a morning person which reassured me that being one is not a necessity in becoming a successful person.
- That I didn't miss out on much after I stopped watching "The Real World" after the "The Real World: Sand Diego" season.
- That Billy Joel made other songs than "Piano Man".
- That Tommy Lee is the mfn man. (I already knew that but the book reminded me of his awesomeness.)
- That Chuck Klosterman "supposedly" hates soccer. I find that weird since he looks like the kind of guy enrolls his son in youth soccer leagues. Guess we'll just have to wait a couple of more years (and hopefully, a couple of more books) to see if my hunch is right.
- That I need to come up with 23 absurd yet hilarious questions to everybody that I meet in order to find out if I can really love them.
- That Lisa Turtle from "Saved By the Bell" was "wildly unlikable". (I thought she was ok.)
- That Luke Skywalker was the original Gen Xer.
- That the people who say they listen to everything except country are "boorish and pretentious." (Well, I'd rather be called that then be forced to listen to country music.)
So basically, I learned a whole bunch of stuff about pop-culture and what it says about us as a society. I guess you could say, and I think Chuck might agree with me (if he had a couple of drinks and blunts), that I didn't really learn anything at all from reading it.
But I did laugh (a lot) while reading it, which is all it took for me to like* this book. What can I say? I'm a simple guy.
*It's actually a 3.5 out of 5. I just decided to round down because I wanted my rating average to go down. And I flipped a coin. ...more
First of all, I want to say that I respect all three of the author's games a lot and no where near their league when it comes to tournaments. That saiFirst of all, I want to say that I respect all three of the author's games a lot and no where near their league when it comes to tournaments. That said, there were times when I wanted to poke my eyes out for reading their book. I realize that the purpose behind it wasn't to entertain but I think it's hard to learn anything from it if you keep falling asleep as a result of boredom.
The content itself, although somewhat basic, wasn't bad. It's not a bad read if you're trying to improve your tournament game (liked Apestyle's section on abusing the bubble the best), but if you haven't read Dan Harrington's Harrington on Hold'Em tournament series, I would strongly suggest you read those first.
And yes, I do recognize the irony of saying that this book was boring and instead, recommending a series of books written by a man that was jokingly given the nickname of "Action" because of his tight playing style!
As an aspiring comedy writer, I may be biased, but I doubt it; this is one of the greatest books of all time. Kudos to Mr. Sacks for picking the brainAs an aspiring comedy writer, I may be biased, but I doubt it; this is one of the greatest books of all time. Kudos to Mr. Sacks for picking the brains of some of the most influential comedy writers to have ever picked up a pen. I strongly recommend this book to writers and comedy fans alike. I definitely see myself reading this book another 100 times or so.
Ok, a 100 might be a little high. 40 or 50 should be reasonable, though....more
Hands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped outHands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped out a lot more.
Now that I think about it, I probably wasn't ready and in the right state of mind back then to have put this book to good use which brings me to my review's main point; as long as you keep an open and humble mind while reading this, it will help change your life for the better. How much for the better? That is up to you. But if you read it wanting to learn and improve, then you will, at the very least, find one thing in it that will help you in your way to become a better person.
If you're one of the people lucky who have everything figured out, then you will probably won't enjoy it as much or even read it in the first place. Just know (Semi-spoiler coming up!) that you'll miss out (among many other helpful hints) on instructions on how to have your very own advisory council with some of the greatest men that have ever lived!
If you live anywhere other than Chicago or Toronto, and/or don't consider yourself to be a huge comedy nerd, then you're probably not going to like thIf you live anywhere other than Chicago or Toronto, and/or don't consider yourself to be a huge comedy nerd, then you're probably not going to like this book very much. Or maybe at all. Who knows? But if you're like me and just recently moved to Chicago and signed up to take classes at Second City, then you may also think that this is one of the GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. (You may be a little biased, too, but I'll be willing to let that slide. Just as long as you promise me that you won't turn into the guy who wants to improvise a musical scene every time he gets on the train. Please, I beg you; Don't become that guy. NO ONE LIKES HIM.)...more