I saw Russell Brand on a talk show and thought he was hilarious. So, I was hoping to laugh my ass off at his performance. I didn't hear much that was profound, especially after having just listened to comedian Steven Wright who writes such clever, brainy comedy. I laughed a little with Brand. But, I found he mostly talked to the audience about himself as a celebrity and used a lot shock sex and political jokes to get laughs.
Makes me realize that, in my opinion, they did a great job making the movie. It includes so much of the book, not all, but most.
I got kind of lost in this book. Based on the title, I was looking for 20 tips, concisely listed with explanations. I felt like I'd ordered the wrong book. It was more about the author telling a story about a running race. Maybe, I need to listen to it again more attentively.
I was concerned that this book would be negative about photography, based on some low star review(s). However, I think Sontag simply points out the many different points of views and backgrounds that photographers express through their work. I feel like Sontag is also giving a valuable history lesson of the leading photographers as well. She seems to also have admiration where she feels it's due, towards photography and photographers. After all, she was Annie Leibovitz's partner for over a decade, encouraged and admired her photography too. I agree with Sontag about both the negative and positive impact that photography can have. I'm glad I decided to listen. A good addition to my MA in photojournalism.
It was motivational to read about Keith Richard's life. He didn't have it easy, but, pursued what he enjoyed and what made him happy - music - with great results. Interesting about the drugs too. I had a little trouble following who was speaking, since the characters kept switching around. But, no biggie.
These types of books are a bit scary to me... telling me that I'm mentally preprogrammed in the womb, etc. as to how I'll see myself, act, etc. Also, are b vitamins and fish oil really a "placebo"? I do see that attitude is very important in life. But, it was a bit scary for me to read. I felt like I was developing that hypochondriasis or medical school syndrome by reading the book. Made me afraid of my own potentially negative thoughts, etc. I know that the book is meant to do the opposite. So, may be great for others.
I love David Sedaris' work. I was disappointed to discover there were repeats in the book, stories from his other books - books that I've already purchased.
I don't think the title reflects what is in the book. To me it was more of a psychology book. As someone wanting to learn about swing trading, much of it scared me and psyched me out. Oh no, I could me my own worst enemy, etc. blah, blah. But, it does give some good advice to be disciplined, avoid risky trading patterns, etc.
Compared to "The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and the True Triumph Over the Bold and the New", Fisher's book doesn't work for me at all! Maybe this is just my personal preference. After reading Siegel's book, I felt like I had logical, practical data and research methods to work with on how to invest in stocks. Fisher was too ambiguous for me.
This book helped me so much! Talks about value investing and why, where to invest, etc. Talks about the key things being reinvesting dividends, getting stocks at good prices (low PE, and PEG of less than .5), etc. Makes so much sense and is interesting! Combines Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch with his own research and findings! Loved it!
Practical, like the title says, step-by-step with great examples. Shows you the craft of comedy. Doesn't try to pigeon-hole comedians as people with unhappy childhoods. Just gets to the craft of comedy writing. Entertaining to listen to. Author repeats things a lot, but to me, that just helps the steps sink in better. Helpful exercises too!
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