In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".
I loved the reasoned approaches to his performances but enjoyed his exploration of what might have motivated his life's direction even more.
In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.
Why should people relegated to the outside care about the opinions and class structures maintained by those on the inside? White Trash is a survey of history's outcasts in England and the USA. It is not a deep exploration of how these outcasts came to be nor does it offer remedies for their inclusion. You must accept that the indentured servants of Colonial America ended up in the South with slave labor prior to the American Civil War. Little attention is given to waste people anywhere else including the more modern US Rust Belt. White Trash is a worthwhile read if only as a reminder that we live in an unfair world and that Fairytales are rampant in USA history.
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“A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)
This audio version is a huge investment of time. I spaced it out over a few months. The narration is the best of all audiobooks I have listened to so far. One gets the sense of listening to a wise friend from centuries ago. I read different English translations of some chapters to aid my understanding. This translation is superior. Montaigne lived a full rich life and gave us the gift of his unashamed inner thoughts. His knowledge of the ancients is astounding. More so, his ability to place context relevant to his time and ours is inspired and inspiring. My only regret is that I wish I had read this earlier in life. Then again the wisdom might have been lost on the younger me. Well worth the time spent and a bargain at twice the price.
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Matthew Paulson, Founder of Analyst Ratings Network, Lightning Releases, and GoGo Photo Contest, has weathered the failures and triumphs of being an entrepreneur for nearly a decade. 40 Rules for Internet Business Success is his collection of core principles and strategies he used to grow his business. By listening to this audiobook, you will learn to: Throw away your business plan! Create a scalable business model that actually works.
I nearly stopped but I'm glad I didn't. The first few rules are common sense and found in every business how to book from the last 100 years. I guess the author had to repeat them for a baseline. The gold came later with recent real Internet business experience. I have several online businesses that I hope to grow. This book gave me some things to work on and several things not to waste time on. Well worth the read.
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