For some reason, great writers and baseball are a match made in heaven. This collection contains essays ranging from Colum McCann to Frank DeFord, thoFor some reason, great writers and baseball are a match made in heaven. This collection contains essays ranging from Colum McCann to Frank DeFord, though my personal favorite was "The Errors of Our Ways" by Pete Dexter -- I absolutely loved it. This collection is for both fans and haters, and though I consider myself in the latter category, I couldn't help but reluctantly respect them (both the Yankees and their fans) in the end. (Although that respect comes with an asterisk -- read "The Queens Speech" on page 65, written by someone who has the misfortune to be a Mets fan, for some of the reasons why an asterisk is necessary.)
Good starting point, but no substitute for thoughtful doctors, compassionate teachers, child-centric school administrators, and other parents who haveGood starting point, but no substitute for thoughtful doctors, compassionate teachers, child-centric school administrators, and other parents who have gone through the IEP process and give excellent advice for navigating the waters in your own neighborhood/school. Best when read with hugs and good chocolate....more
I thought this would be better given that it was edited by Dave Eggers. Highlights for me were writings about Occupy Wall Street, responses to a lonelI thought this would be better given that it was edited by Dave Eggers. Highlights for me were writings about Occupy Wall Street, responses to a lonely guy's flyer, and "Tin Man" (from This American Life). Also, I'm sentimental about the introduction by Ray Bradbury since it was written a few weeks before he died....more
**spoiler alert** It was an interesting read but I don't think I will recommend this book to anyone. I think it needed a much better resolution than i**spoiler alert** It was an interesting read but I don't think I will recommend this book to anyone. I think it needed a much better resolution than it got; however, I don't think she could've written a better one since I don't think she is sure what she learned from this experience, exactly. I don't buy the argument (and I think she believes this) that the bad decisions you make are ultimately good decisions if at some future point you get yourself together. It seems like some variation of a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy to me . Yes, I completely lost myself, cheated on and ultimately lost my spouse, was compulsively promiscuous, abused heroin, and almost self-destructed, but it all led to the person I am now, so I guess it was all necessary for me to heal from the bad things I had undergone in my life. Really? Because I think all that stuff is harmful and just gave her more crap to overcome. It's not a book about a journey if you end up in almost the exact same place you started (except, maybe, with a little more confidence).
I'll admit that apart from the conclusion, I don't really take issue with her writing style. It's her -- I don't respect her enough to figure out what exactly the story is that she's trying to tell. ...more
This book nearly lost me at hello, with no less than its celebration of Rosa Parks as the consummate introvert. I had just finished reading "The PowerThis book nearly lost me at hello, with no less than its celebration of Rosa Parks as the consummate introvert. I had just finished reading "The Power of Habit" literally the day before; and the author had argued persuasively that one reason Rosa Parks's actions sparked the civil rights movement (although she was far from the first black person jailed for refusing to obey segregation laws) was her extensive social network. According to the author (Charles Duhigg):
"Rosa Parks was particularly well known and liked . . . [her] many friendships and affiliations cut across the city's racial and economic lines. She was the secretary of the local NAACP chapter, attended the Methodist church, and helped oversee a youth organization at the Lutheran church near her home. She spent some weekends volunteering at a shelter, others with a botanical club, and on Wednesday nights often joined a group of women who knit blankets for a local hospital. She volunteered dressmaking services to poor families and provided last-minute gown alterations for wealthy white debutantes. She was so deeply enmeshed in the community, in fact, that her husband complained that she ate more often at potlucks than at home."
Surely a true introvert with that schedule would spend a great deal of time either weeping or curled up in the fetal position. I'm not very far into the book though, and it looks like she makes distinctions between introverts, shy introverts, and those of us who have some kind of social anxiety disorder, so I'll reserve judgement.
I've finished it. I think the book would have been helped by clarifying definitions right at the beginning and organizing her thoughts a little better. I especially liked her discussion about what introversion means for the religious life.
Sadly, no helpful advice about how to finally show up at my husband's job's annual holiday party. Sigh....more
I don't know. The first half was all the stuff I've heard before: read to your child, let him/her see you reading, etc. The second half was stuff no oI don't know. The first half was all the stuff I've heard before: read to your child, let him/her see you reading, etc. The second half was stuff no one else says; i.e., don't teach them phonics, don't encourage them to focus on words but on larger meanings, etc. This book came highly recommended but I don't know if the lone voice is the one to go with on this issue....more
Tim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatevTim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatever has worked for him. Having said that, I am having a hard time putting this book down.
I was riveted to find out about his barefoot running training program (Barefoot Ted opened a running store near me that has tempting running workshops); Total Immersion swimming looks like flying; I found someone who could get my body fat tested using DEXA; and myotatic crunches on a BOSU ball definitely work much better.
Ferriss is all about measuring results so I was frustrated that he frequently wasn't able to provide those. Did he go from a 5K to a 50K in 12 weeks? "This chapter was a last minute addition . . . there wasn't time to update before hitting the shelves", but check his blog for the outcome and you'll find . . . nothing. What about Total Immersion swimming? Did he train and finish an open water one kilometer race in 2008? Well, he chose to spend time with family, but one day he went to the ocean, asked a lifeguard about an approximate mile marker, and trust him, he was amazing and swam really fast. I'm sorry, but I expect more from a guy who actually IMPLANTED a glucometer to better understand his own blood sugar (no, he is not a diabetic). Maybe it's time for him to consider a five hour work week in order to "get 'er done."
This book is interesting as long as you don't expect anything from it -- Ferriss is not trying to help YOU. He's just telling you about his zany adventures in self-experimentation, and when they overlap yours, or when you see something you want to try, great. But you'd do better to research elsewhere when you need some real information, and hopefully from a more responsible source, someone who might mention the dangers of eating disorders when explaining about how to binge and use laxatives, or who will discourage at least teenagers from using steroids (despite his own steroid-neutral stance). ...more
Brilliant. I have never read this author before, so had no idea what to expect. He is amazing. I had to read him slowly to take in the beautiful writiBrilliant. I have never read this author before, so had no idea what to expect. He is amazing. I had to read him slowly to take in the beautiful writing, pithy descriptions, and witty observations.
On ship spotters: "how fickle museum-goers seem by comparison, with their impatient interest in cafeterias, their susceptibility to gift shops, their readiness to avail themselves of benches."
At a job fair: "It seemed that one might squander one's life chances because of a high-handed disdain for books with titles such as "The Will to Succeed," believing that one was above their shrill slogans of encouragement. One might be doomed not by a lack of talent, but by a species of pessimistic pride."
Of a rocket scientist: "Somewhere inside this white-coated man, there must have remained vestigial urges to dominate, shout, master, blow up and attack, but how carefully such instincts had been contained, by what cautious laboratory rules his urges had been governed, how quiet modern omnipotence could be."
At a glass office building on the Thames: "groups of foreign schoolchildren arrive by bus to take pictures of the river, while businesspeople, thrown off schedule by the rare boon of a punctual train or a clear road, sit on benches attending to messages transmitted invisibly to their phones through the luminous morning air."
I have heard two main criticisms about this book: that it is not as good as some of his other books (I wouldn't know), and that it is misleadingly titled. I guess if you would really like to study Work, perhaps you should consider Studs Terkel or McGraw Hill's "Working in America". As for me, I hope to read this author again, aloud, with my husband when early mornings and children no longer interrupt our evenings and we can enjoy his writing leisurely and with pleasure. ...more