You’ve Just Gotta…

The Enemies of Excellence by Greg Salciccioli You’ve gotta listen to the podcast. If ambition is in your blood, a family heirloom, perhaps, you should definitely read the book. But you’ve gotta listen to the podcast. Let us together discount the grammatical errors easily discovered throughout, as well as the evidence of a negligent editor.Continue reading “You’ve Just Gotta…”

Sam I Am

There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin Sean Astin brings a short but impressive outline of experience to the table; nearly everyone knows him, and I’ll prove it. If you recognize any of the following, you know Sean Astin: “Goonies never say die” “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” “Samwise the Brave” I can’t sayContinue reading “Sam I Am”

What Did I Just Read?

Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist… to name a few ravers. It comes as no surprise. Friends and associates of Bernstein urged him for years to write this book. It appears those friends and associates missed the meeting in which Bernstein settled upon aContinue reading “What Did I Just Read?”

A Statistical Observation Markedly Different

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell There is a puzzle in this book. I could not solve it. Supposedly, most people cannot, but there are men and women in this world who have astronomical Intelligence Quotients and who would have almost no trouble tackling it. And many of them are clerks or grocery baggers for the remainderContinue reading “A Statistical Observation Markedly Different”

A Voice

Radical by David Platt With every bit of honestly and authenticity I can muster, I humbly admit that I desire the reach that Platt has, though not by any means with the same method. I wanted to know what Mr. Faucett thought of this concept when we met in Rainbow City, and, of course, hisContinue reading “A Voice”

A Rendition

LeMorte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas MaloryA rendition in modern idiom by Keith Baines The Old French translation of the title would be The Death of Arthur. I’m a fan of Arthurian legend, which is precisely what urged me to give this book a shot. Apparently, the original was more than double the size of thisContinue reading “A Rendition”

Is it Wise?

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke Episode 2 of a podcast that I thought would be way easier to do than it actually is, accompanied by none other than longtime friend, Mark Bethea, who horribly misdiagnosed my phone-carrying methods. Of course, you already know that because you have already listened toContinue reading “Is it Wise?”

A Comic’s Life

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin “Hello, I’m Steve Martin, and I’ll be out here in a minute.” I’m told I laugh at everything. It isn’t true. On the contrary, unamusings are bountifully present every day; I simply choose to give credit where it’s due. My dad is the laugher. Many times, he would beContinue reading “A Comic’s Life”

Third Time’s a Charm

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury In what way could I ensure that I spend more money than necessary and put more work on myself that I can handle? must have been what went through my mind in August of 2019. On the very cusp of a career change that could consume as much time asContinue reading “Third Time’s a Charm”