Spotted: Making It All Work

When I first spotted this title, I just assumed it was the autobiography of Tim Gunn.  But no, that would be silly.  From this girl’s amazing ability to match not only colors, but also patterns and textures, she already knows how to make it work like that.   20110518-092416.jpg

No, this “Making It All Work”  it appears to be a businessy self-improvement book in the same vein as “Who Moved My Low Hanging Fruit From My Thirty-Thousand Foot View and Other Habits of Highly Effective People.”  As you can probably tell, I am somewhat skeptical of such books.  As Nassim Taleb wrote, a book like “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is really just bad statistics, and I’m not sure really does anything other than create a scalable source of income for the author.   

But, I’m not the best at time management  prioritization knowing what the hell I’m doing myself, so maybe some other reviews (mostly by people who have read his other books apparently) would be more helpful.  Do these kind of books help you, good readers?


Updated: Holy moly, Tim Gunn does have a self-helpy book of his own with a similar title: “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work


Like Lazarus

Your fearless leader fearfull follower book stalker is back from…well, not quite the dead.  I guess more like if instead of being dead, Lazarus had taken some time off between jobs and then didn’t want to do anything involving a glowing rectangle (at least the kind that has a board of plastic letters attached in some fashion) during that time, and then started the new job and was like daunted by the 22nd St.-perspective-from-Church St.-like gradient of a learning curve of said new post so that more doing stuff just seemed like a bad life choice.

All the google image results for Lazarus were spooky, so here is Lisa Lazarus, Ms. Universe UK 2008. Much better than the jesus/mummy pics. From

And it was not the JC that brought me back from my ambitious laziness!  No, it was because I finally managed to wrestle loose of the embrace of Infinite Jest after it had imposed a six month literary embargo on me.  I am now free to try out some probably shorter works and hopefully something that is less dense than Pb (and I don’t mean peanut butter, crunchy or otherwise).  And this also means that I’ll have some time to shadow Muni bookworms. 

Lucky you!     

Stay tuned!

Self-Help on the 6

This morning a passenger on the six read, not one, but two self-help books and I was intrigued for multiple reasons. One being that I have always questioned just how helpful self-help books are. Another reason I was intrigued was that the book titles allowed me to easily begin to imagine a life story for this passenger and within a couple blocks I had imagined reasons why she needed advice, who was giving her trouble, and how she was going to turn her life around. Don’t worry I will divulge the names of these books.

Book number one was “How to be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration” by David Richo. Initially book number one caught my eye because of the phrase, “How to be an Adult,” to which immediately I mentally responded, “Does anyone really know how to be an adult?” Upon further review the book appears to be more about balancing your adult life psychologically and spiritually. Book number two was titled, “Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening”  by Stephen Batchelor. I immediately diagnosed a crisis of religion and yet, I found it interesting that both books were geared more towards maturity and divurged from mainstream religion. Even though I am a little skeptical of self-help books I do hope that she finds what she is looking for!