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!
Bernie Mac is a great storyteller as well as a great comedian. What determination, drive and stamina. I felt bad that such a talented comedian from such an early age, had such a long hard journey reaching his goal, and then died at 50. At least he reached his dream, and always believed in himself. It kept me engaged until the end.
Engaging. I found myself wanting to know more and more. Easy and enjoyable to listen too. It feels very honest. She also seems very modest, considering all that she has accomplished. But, also relatable, having had similar issues and challenges. Mix of happy and sad with wit/humor.
Meaty for the length of it.
Although, it's short, the author covers a lot! Gives excellent examples.
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.
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