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    Ferris kind of falls into a niche of blogger-celebrities that prey on ambitious college kids, and follows a business model that basically boils down to 'build up hope to establish an audience, use audience to get book deal, use book deal as proof-of-authority, [repeat]'. There's a whole group of these people out there promoting all kinds of absurd notions that most people can't put into practice, which is really sad, because it's a really shitty time to be a new college grad. Most conventional wisdom about success may be out-moded, but the new alternative being proffered by these people is just silly. I'm a firm believer in the notion that it's stupid to spend time that could be better bought with money, but realistically out-sourcing everything isn't an option for most people. Not to mention that anyone who would entrust their professional image to someone in a third world country is out of their minds. He's kind of a priest of ass-clownery.

    Books I'm currently reading:

    "Charterhouse of Parma," by Stendhal
    "The Red Book," by Jung (very cool, for those who dig illuminated manuscripts)

    Various technical and work-related things.

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Section 8 @ Dec 22 2009, 02:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Ferris kind of falls into a niche of blogger-celebrities that prey on ambitious college kids, and follows a business model that basically boils down to 'build up hope to establish an audience, use audience to get book deal, use book deal as proof-of-authority, [repeat]'. There's a whole group of these people out there promoting all kinds of absurd notions that most people can't put into practice, which is really sad, because it's a really shitty time to be a new college grad. Most conventional wisdom about success may be out-moded, but the new alternative being proffered by these people is just silly. I'm a firm believer in the notion that it's stupid to spend time that could be better bought with money, but realistically out-sourcing everything isn't an option for most people. Not to mention that anyone who would entrust their professional image to someone in a third world country is out of their minds. He's kind of a priest of ass-clownery.</div>

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jinx Me @ Dec 21 2009, 06:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Cormac McCarthy is awesome. I liked Slaughterhouse Five too but wasn't in love with the other Vonnegut novel I read - Breakfast of Champions.</div>

    Is Blood Meridian and his other work better than "No Country"...what's the best IYO?

    What are some good NON fiction reads considering the like minded topics of interest that bring us to this board?

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (habit @ Dec 23 2009, 01:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Is Blood Meridian and his other work better than "No Country"...what's the best IYO?

    What are some good NON fiction reads considering the like minded topics of interest that bring us to this board?</div>

    Blood Meridian and The Crossing are my favorite McCarthy. I didn't like The Road and have an even lower opinion of it now that it was on Oprah's Book Club.
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    No book thread is complete until nightop mentions Oprah...

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    This thread has convined me to read some McCarthy.

    Just read up on him a bit and I thought this was pretty cool:




    After winning a Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing in 1969, he and De Lisle moved to a farm in Louisville on Light Pink Road where he built a house from what was once a dairy barn.

    Between carpentry and masonry work, McCarthy bore down on "Child of God," his third novel. He also continued to write on his opus of the region, "Suttree."

    "Cormac was always a gentleman. What a sweet guy," said De Lisle, a dance, ballet, music and theater instructor as well as social secretary of the Coudert Institute, a private Palm Beach institution. "We had some fabulous times. We never had a lot when I was married to him. But it always seemed we had as much as we needed."

    The Louisville house is still a home today. Here, De Lisle says, McCarthy built a stone room and chimney. She says he gathered stones from nearby Chilhowee Mountain, cutting and kiln-drying all the wood for the house by himself.

    She has said in previous interviews that McCarthy salvaged bricks from the Fort Sanders boyhood home of writer James Agee and made them into a fireplace.
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    TIM FERRISS: THE NEXT BOOK: From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman

    Iíve recorded almost every workout Iíve done since age 15, and my house looks like an ER, with dozens of gadgets and medical devices for capturing data. Iíve had hundreds of blood tests performed and have been doing this since 1996, with costs now totalling well over $100,000. Iíve taken my weight from 145 lbs. to 225 lbs. (lean) and back down, and I can remove or add 20 lbs. in 3-4 weeks on-demand.

    So, what is the result of all this OCD madness?

    I can show you how I safely do things outdated physiology textbooks tell you is impossible. This isnít because I have some unique intelligence. Itís because Iíve tested the most basic assumptions of nutrition and exerciseÖ and I experiment with outrageous alternatives that end up working.

    Cut 2% bodyfat in two weeks? No problem (DNP). Increase muscular strength 30% in 48-72 hours (LEGAL PROHORMONES), or drop 50-100 pounds of fat? Not an issue. Iíve done the guinea pig shotgun approach so you donít have to.

    So this guy has been using his excessive amounts of spare time to cut and fatten himself? With all those gadgets totalling thousands he sounds like Josh [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
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    <span style="color:#FF0000">The last civilized bastion of truth and scientific reason declares you don't need to workout, just have good nutritional habits. The majority of us here are drug addicts and/or mentally disturbed, we also pretend to train but in reality we spend our time buzzing on adderall and masturbating to homosexual monkey porn</span>

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    Silly question but when do you people typically read?

    For lack of a good time to do it, I don't read. I usually work before sleep and try too hard to 'actively' read, otherwise (i.e. I can't pickup a book for just a few minutes in between classes, I need structured, focused reading time to absorb).

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (krazyj @ Dec 25 2009, 10:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Silly question but when do you people typically read?</div>

    Randomly and in large batches.

    Aside from reading online (rss, etc.) most of my reading occurs while manicallly exploring some topic. As a result I tend to read more non-fiction.

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    I basically only read online stuff, nowadays. Just can't keep my attention focused long enough on one thing for a whole book, because there is too much going on. Probably 200 pages a day online, though.


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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Par Deus @ Dec 26 2009, 08:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>I basically only read online stuff, nowadays. Just can't keep my attention focused long enough on one thing for a whole book, because there is too much going on. Probably 200 pages a day online, though.</div>

    Another reason I don't read a ton of paperbased stuff. I proposed to myself buying a Kindle but that seemed like a cheap way (psychologically speaking) to dodge developing the self-control to sit down and read.

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (krazyj @ Dec 26 2009, 07:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Another reason I don't read a ton of paperbased stuff. I proposed to myself buying a Kindle but that seemed like a cheap way (psychologically speaking) to dodge developing the self-control to sit down and read.</div>

    E-readers are awesome. You can get the entire hundred volume set of Balzac's Comťdie Humaine for something like $10. Questia is also a good investment.

    My habits are sort of like Roy's these days. I read during times like right now. The industry I'm in pretty much grinds to a halt from Thanksgiving to the New Year. I haven't even bothered to show up to work for the past two weeks, just because it's impossible to get people to focus and do quality work. So instead of sitting around frustrated and pissed off I read.

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    Do you work in the porn industry?
    I`m not a girl, not yet a woman.

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    He said Balzac.



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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DrPhil @ Dec 27 2009, 02:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Do you work in the porn industry?</div>

    Some would say so, LOL.

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    Bill Hicks "Love All The People", I have no idea who the author is though.

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DrPhil @ Dec 27 2009, 03:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Do you work in the porn industry?</div>

    Porn industry never grinds to a halt...and thank goodness for that!

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    Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows
    Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice
    Neil Strauss: The Game; my gf actually had this in her closet; even though I have a gf, I find a lot of the stuff in here pertains to many real life situations beyond the dating game.

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    Candide, Voltaire
    Kafka

    The Will to Power, Nietzsche
    Discourses, Epictetus
    On Dreams, Freud
    Psychology and the East, Jung

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    I want to find a good book on script writing for TV. My work buddy and I came up with a smokin idea!
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