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BUtterfield 8 by John O’Hara

Most people have forgotten John O’Hara and this book by extension, one of his finest novels. If they do know BUtterfield 8, it’s only because of the movie based on it, and then only because Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar for her role in the film. O’Hara was an immensely talented novelist, referred to by […]

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Women Are Not the Enemy

A great post from Simon Grey on why the “woman strike” is going to fail: The second reason is more telling. Aside from a few precious anonymous internet commenters who will undoubtedly descend to the comments section of this post to disprove the assertions of this sentence’s second clause, I doubt that there are any […]

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The Secret Life of Matt Forney

Once a week, I drive over to a nondescript music store for a half-hour guitar lesson. The rest of the week, for 15-30 minutes a day, I practice on my own. I assemble my cheap fold-out music stand, pull out my lesson books and go through the exercises. Depending on how much free time I […]

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Why I’m Not Voting Anymore

On Election Day four years ago, I was in my dorm room alone, working on an essay to hand in for class the next day. I didn’t bother watching any election coverage, aside from the Daily Show. At eleven o’clock, when the major news networks started calling the race for Obama, some clown came barreling […]

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Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major by Aaron Clarey

This review in one sentence: Man, I wish this book was around six years ago. Aaron Clarey (aka Captain Capitalism) is on a mission to save America’s youth from throwing away their money and time on useless college majors. That’s the purpose of Worthless; educate youth as to why most majors are worthless and expose […]

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Baking Soda Really Does Kill Your Body Odor

There are a lot of ideas out there that work despite sounding either counterintuitive or downright insane. Like the idea that you’ll get laid more simply by being assertive and confident, or that you can completely eliminate B.O. with ordinary household baking soda. Roosh was responsible for pioneering this method, and let me tell you, it […]

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Calorie Counting for Your Brain

One of the things I’ve resolved to do as part of my journey is severely curtail the amount of crap I read online. An “information diet,” as Tim Ferriss puts it. Here are some examples of what I’m getting rid of. Politics. What a complete waste of time. No matter whether Obama or Romney becomes president, […]

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Nobody Gives a Fuck About You

This is something that took me a long time to realize, but it’s the cold, hard truth. Of course, I’m being hyperbolic with that title. If you’ve got parents, siblings, friends, a girlfriend/wife etc., they care about you. If you’re famous, you’ve got even more people who care about you. But if you’re just an […]

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I’m Always Watching You Through a Keyhole

Last Saturday, I went to go see St. Vincent performing live in Buffalo and had a blast. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a real music act (as in a professional musician, not some crappy local band), and no matter how technology advances, there’s no substitute for seeing and hearing the songs live. It […]

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The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield

I credit this book with encouraging me to get off my ass and change my life. The War of Art is a brief guide on overcoming procrastination and laziness on your way to accomplishing your dreams. Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy of artists as Resistance, a nebulous force that saps your will and prevents you from […]

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