About a week or so ago I was in Twitter’s offices in San Francisco. I fell in love. You can see this is a company that is intent on saving the world. I feel these “appointment twitter sessions” where I do the Q&A allows me to be a tiny part of what they are trying to accomplish across their thousands of avenues of improving the ongoing realtime social media conversation. It was great to see them in action, get the tour, and talk to many of the people who are keeping things going.

So below is this week’s “Dear Abby” but first two things: I’m giving this talk on December 7 to discuss failure, success, the daily practice, and whatever else comes up. And finally, Amazon seems to be doing a promo on my latest book. Enjoy! And stop by next Thursday for the next Q&A!

(infiltrated Twitter H&Q)

What are the Best Books for for People Who Want to Think Different.

@codymort, Cody Mortimer, asks: Off the top of your head, what would you consider the best 3 #entrepreneur books?


ANSWER: This answer deserves an entire post. Because there’s several questions here. What is an entrepreneur? What makes a good book about entrepreneurs? And what are the best books I’ve read. I gave one answer in the tweets that filled 140 characters but there’s more to be said.

An entrepreneur is not a businessman. He’s not a billionaire. He’s not necessarily a leader. I’m going to change the definition a little bit.

The universe is going in a certain direction. Atoms are in motion, quantum particles are on their endless journey. An entrepreneur is like a god that puts his hand into the universal soup and changes the direction of things so that the resulting worldscape that is created is now different. An entrepreneur can be a businessman, an artist, an employee, a creator, a mystic.

His mind is pulsating on a different rhythm than everyone else’s. He is either born this way, or learns it by seeing it in his colleagues, or gets it by clearly seeing the holes and gaps around him that can be filled when everyone else is somehow missing them.

His mind knows how to solve problems when the universe doesn’t go the way he has planned. His emotions are free from conflict and from the daggers constantly being thrown at him by the people who are jealous or refuse to believe his new ideas. He is physically fit. He knows how to surrender when defeated and move onto the next event because he had confidence that in the long run things work out for the independent thinkers and souls of the world.

What are the best books for entrepreneurs?

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. This one book alone shows how we live in a world where not only humans mate and evolve but ideas mate and evolve even faster. Understanding this one idea and seeing it in action through Ridley’s examples will inspire you to dip into that evolutionary pool and inspire yourself.

Sophie Calle: Did You See Me. An artist for the past several decades much of her art is not traditional painting or photos but “interactions”. An example: She got her mother to hire a private detective who followed her for a day and then she compared his notes to hers on what happened for the day. In the book she lists one art “piece” after another. It made me think.

Wallace Wattles: The Science of Getting Rich. Forget Napoleon Hill. Forget the power of positive thinking. Forget the”law of attraction” or “The Secret”. The source of all of these books is a book written in 1900 by a relatively unknown, Wattles.

Of course my book:  “I was Blind But Now I See”. The purpose of my book is threefold:

A)     How society, commercialism, corporate America, and government, are constantly hypnotizing the everyday person to conform to a definition of Happiness and Success that is far removed from reality.

B)      How to recognize and reverse that hypnotism

C)      How to start from the core within and get back physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health so that you can go on to be the creator, inventor, innovator, artist, entrepreneur you were meant to be.

I have many more books that have influenced me. You might say these are books from just the past week but maybe I’ll put together a bigger post describing about 50 other books.

By the way, on December 7, I’m giving a talk about my book here in the city. I hope you can make it. If you have trouble getting tickets let me know.



M_Knopf, Michael Knopf asks: If shit really hits the fan, what do you think is a good country for a young American to move to?


I have a scarcity complex. When I sold my first company it was 1998. I woke up  one morning at about 4am in a panic. In about 28 years I was going to go broke, I thought to myself. And that’s after I would make sure my parents and kids had millions of dollars. I got out of bed and walked all over the city. I think I circled the entire downtown Manhattan within about two hours. Just pacing and adding up numbers and always coming up short. 28 years, 30 years if I cut this corner, 27 years though if I fall down this alley.

Downtown Manhattan became a map of my scarcity, my feelings that I was never good enough to make money, that I would never be good enough to hold onto it, that I didn’t deserve it in the first place, that eventually I would lose it all.

(this is real scarcity. It’s not here.)

And guess what? I lost it all. Every single dime. Again and again, since I’m always good at coming up with more ideas. But for me, that feeling of scarcity is the hardest thing to deal with. Why do I have it? I don’t know the answer even now.

But let me tell you: nothing is hitting any fan. As Pinker shows, there is less violence in the world now than ever before. Heck, we have toilets, we have literacy, we have the ipad.

Are there people suffering? Yes. And our goal is to make the world better and help them. We can all do that by people the best people we can be first. As I’ve written before, “Occupy Yourself” first.

Don’t’ spend your day worrying about whether some bank in Europe is going to default to another bank in Europe. Let’s not forget in 1981 that almost the entire continent of South America defaulted. What happened after that? A 2 decade boom in the American economy plus the widespread acceptance and rollout of the Internet, which changes peoples lives every day.

Is there contemptuous behavior in the banks? In government (insider trading rampantly abused by members of Congress where it is surprisingly legal). In all the alphabet city of agencies in between the banking world and the government? In the lobbyists? In the candidates? Of course! But Occupy Yourself first.

Don’t run scared to another country. They aren’t better. They are, for the most part, far worse. When Havel became leader of the Czech Republic in the “velvet revolution” I was inspired by his first official talk where he suggested change comes from within. He was right, but it still didn’t necessarily mean people would listen to him or that the Czech Republic would flourish under his rule.

Focus on every day improving the energy you emanate out to the rest of the world. Then you can live anywhere and be happy and successful and a beacon to others.


@lakergod asks: how do you start a business when you have no money? how do you minimize risk of losing everything


In 1994 I had no money and I started working at HBO. When I say I had no money, I had $0. As I’ve written before I lived in a one room apartment with a guy, Elias Zamora, who made his living gamblingchess in Washington Square park. I slept on the futon, he slept on the couch. I had a garbage bag next to the futon that had allmy clothes including a suit I’d pull out each morning to get to work at HBO.

(chess at Wash Sq park)

When you work at a big corporate giant you see everything they are doing wrong, all the holes that are missing. You start to think: they don’t have X. They don’t have Y. If they only had Z then their business would be better. Every day you can come up with 10 things they don’t have that would make their business better.

You can build those ten things.

And guess what: you have a ready customer: the company you work for. Or, ifnot them, their direct competitors.

That’s, at a high level, how I started my first business. I still had a full time salary. But I started making things for them and for other companies that I sold in a freelance capacity. Until it was too big and I was too busy and I was making TOO MUCH money so I had to quit.

And quitting even then is still a leap of faith that requires courage. But staying at a company for 15 years  until you are inbred requires a sad sort of courage as well.

Every day take a little jump. Jump over a puddle. Jump over an alligator crossing the street. Jump over your own fears. Eventually you’ll land in the pleasure dome and hopefully you get to stay there.

To summarize: find a customer that will pay you. That minimizes your risk.

(See also, “The Wu-Tang Clan and My First Year as an Entrepreneur”)


@icekevin Kevin Iacof asks: Would the world be a better place if each person in the world had a no retaliation allowed, one free punch per year?


ANSWER: Haha, I know what you mean. What you are really asking is: if everyone was slightly afraid that they would be a recipient of that no-retaliation one punch per year then perhaps people might behave better to each other.

The other day I was in Grand Central Gourmet. At rush hour when everyone is trying to buy some last minute food before catching their trains, I accidentally bumped into an older woman (in her 70s or 80s). Just brushed against her. She shoved me so hard I fell to the floor and dropped my own bag of food.

Should I have punched her? Would that have made the world a better place? Maybe she was a survivor of concentration camps? Maybe her father beat her so now she felt comfortable the rest of her life beating others. Maybe her son or daughter had died an early death. I have no idea what was going on in her life really.

Why then, punch her? Even if I could. Would that make the world a better place if that was my once a year no-retaliation punch?


Instead she became my greatest teacher that day. A day where I had already met many fascinating other teachers. I had to quickly pick myself up, pick my food up, get on my train, and not let my mind be crowded with thoughts of anger for her.

That’s pretty hard! I dare you to try it. That’s much harder than punching her. I couldn’t stop wondering, “why did she shove me so violently? Who would do that?” Heck, I’m still thinking of it.

But eventually the thoughts did simmer down. And on the train ride back I was able to enjoy a book. And I was happy when I got home and was able to see the Hudson River from my house, and the leaves on the trees turning all sorts of colors. I was able to log onto my computer and answer emails. I was able to come up with ideas. I was able to enjoy dinner. I was able to write a post.

I was able to save the world.

No punching.


@brainybetty asks: when do you decide to leave someone? At what point is it really over? Even if you share children?


This not a simple question. Particularly when there’s children involved. You should always try to make things work. BUT, there are exceptions:

  1. Is the person abusive to you in any way. This could be the result of a temperament they’ve had since their childhood. It also can be a result of your temperament, allowing abuse without setting boundaries.
  2. Are they abusive to the kids in any way? Then the kids must be removed from the person immediately.
  3. Most situations are not so direct. And abuse is subtle. So my thermometer is: have the arguments worn you down to the bone. Where you can’t even look at the person without the two of you arguing? In my own situation I was arguing so much with my ex-wife the police had to be called and I had to spend the night at a motel. When things like that start to happen then there’s nothing good that can be the result. It’s time to move on.

One time my youngest came into the kitchen where her mom and I were arguing. She asked, “Umm, Josie [her older sister] wants to know if you guys are going to stay together.” Somehow Josie had convinced her younger sister to broach this question to us. They were scared. They were confused. Just like the stock market and the world economy, kids abhor uncertainty. After that I knew it was over.

Never forget that the kids want love. They don’t want hate. Four happy parents are much better than two very unhappy, constantly arguing parents.


@socialhotchoco Priscilla Wood  Asks: How do you learn to think on your feet?



Things always go wrong. All the time. When I was selling my first company, everything went wrong. We lost clients. Our landlord refused to give approval. We forget to get health insurance for our employees (and we had to admit that to our buyer), we were going bankrupt if the acquisition didn’t close within a month.

But every problem has a solution. Your mind has to be as flexible as possible.

Some people say, “the mind gets flexible through meditation.”

That only works for a few people. Not everyone can start off sitting for an hour a day and not get totally bored or fall asleep. Meditation is  not really meant for most people (this is my opinion).

But you can train your mind to be flexible and to think fast. When I exercise muscles, I exercise until I hurt. Until I sweat. Until I know the next day I’m going to be sore. Otherwise the exercise doesn’t work.

It’s the same thing with the mind. You have to every day exercise it until it hurts. Until it’s sore the next day. Until you can’t go on any further but you know you have to if you want your idea muscles to be working. Idea muscles atrophy. You need to exercise them every day to build them back up. The benefits:

–          You will be able to think on your feet regardless of what problem comes up

–          You will become an idea machine

–          Other people with ideas will be attracted to you. Ideas want to mate. They want to give birth to new ideas. So people who have the idea muscles sharpened will become evolutionarily attracted to you to get new ideas born.

Just start with this: every day take a waiter’s pad and write down ten ideas. Then, with each idea, come up with the next two steps ofhow to get that idea done. If it’s a book idea, write the outline. If it’s a chapter idea, write down what the chapter is about. If it’s a business idea, write down some initial customers, or what the next step is on getting the idea implemented. Hurt your head. Keep thinking on each idea until you have to stop and say, “ugh, this hurts to push any more on this idea.” Do that for six months.

Then you join the ranks of the Idea Machines.


Tradestrong Jack Aubrey  asks: if I make a billion shall I rub it the x wifes face?


ANSWER: NO! There’s that expression “the best revenge is living well”. It doesn’t say, “the best revenge is smothering your ex’s face with your success”. In fact, I’m going to change the expression slightly. “The best revenge is just being happy”. The statement is almost a logical impossibility. You can’t be really happy if you are consumed with thoughts of revenge.

There’s quite a few people I want revenge on. I know I won’t be happy until those feelings of revenge start to go down and eventually disappear. How do I do that?

Everytime I think, “man, I’m going to get that guy back” or whatever, I catch myself and think “not useful”. This is what I recommend in the “Power of negative thinking” post.

Those thoughts of revenge are like rocks. Catching them and saying “not useful” is like water. Eventually water withers away the rock.

When no rocks are left, you have a clean sandy beach, then the ocean, then the horizon. Happy.




@Pcostanzo Pcostanzo  Asks: What power, if any do parents have to give their their children self confidence and values? And how?


ANSWER: I wasn’t a self-confident kid. I thought I was too ugly. I thought kids wouldn’t like me unless I was special at something, or unless I gave them something as a gift, or unless I lied to them so I would seem more special than I am.

I have no idea what my parents did right or wrong. Certainly I know they did many things right.

But I know, for my own kids, the best way I can teach them to be self-confident is for me to be self-confident and for me to have values.

Their only comparison in life as they grow older will be their parents. If I demonstrate the right values and the right confidence then they will become the beacon to others that I hope for them.

(See also, “I want my daughters to be lesbians”)



@iChmpneGrl Champagne Girl asks: U seem 2 B a man of lists. Do U have a daily 2 do (check) list that U cross things off of; or is it a more organic process?



YES! Here’s part of my list.

–          I sleep 8-9 hours.

–          I read books by writers with strong voices so I hope some of that voice rubs off on me when I begin writing

–          By 6am I’m writing (I’m on my third cup of coffee by then)

–          Around 9am I start thinking of ideas for making money, writing ideas, book ideas, distribution ideas, helping others ideas, networking ideas.

–          Then the day begins. I try to respond to as many people who have written me as possible if I don’t have meetings in the way.

–          Sometime  in afternoon I try to write 1000 words on a novel. If I can do that 2/3 of days  then I’ll have the  equivalent of four novels done within a year. So we’ll see if I can stick to this!

–          Asleep by 7-8pm

I avoid anything that’s a time waster: too much social media, I don’t read news. No pop culture. No Angry birds or other games. No emails with people who hate me or who I don’t like. No prime time TV. No more than two meals a day. No junk food. No gossiping. All of the above taken together saves me about three hours compared with how I used to live my life.



socialhotchoco Priscilla Wood asks you don’t read newspapers so how u keep up with the news?


ANSWER: Three answers:

A)     Who cares about the news? Name one thing in the news today that will make me any happier. Most of themedia lies to me to make me panic more. I don’t want to panic more. So I won’t read the news.

B)      When I go on TV I might read a few research reports to get up to speed.

C)      OR, I MIGHT NOT. The news never actually changes: Europe, Kim Kardashian, economy worries, everyone’s angry, everyone’s depressed, election blah blah blah. The news is the same EVERY SINGLE DAY. I know how to respond to the news whether I read it or not. I’d rather read a funny book than read the news. That will make me happier during those twenty minutes.

Try it, today: instead of reading the news (even the gossip news), read a non-fiction book where you can learn something, or read a funny book where you can laugh at something, or call your kids, or do something where you can actually add to the value of your life instead of decrease from it. Try that every day now for a week.

See the difference?


(See also, “How Snooki Can Stop Violent and Sex-Crazed Children“)



Donnellynomics John Donnelly  asks Any advice for essayist that would like to get published. I enjoy writing about philosophy and ethics. Who should i write for?


ANSWER: I have a much more comprehensive post on this coming next week. I think EVERY blogger and entrepreneur should self-publish. And now is the exact right time to do it.

But, to answer your question: “Who should I write for?”

There are only two people WHO ARE REALLY INVOLVED in the writing and publish process:

YOU (the writer), and the READER.

Nobody else: agents, bookstores, publishers, editors, publicists, are all a waste of time (the lag to publication), money (advances are quickly going to zero and everything costs money. The publishers sometimes even charge you for part of the editing process.), and creativity (do you think a 22 year old editor is going to make your ideas and book better? Do you think an agent cares about you if you don’t already have a bestseller so they can count the money?)

So take your essays, put them into a book, geta book designer, AND PUBLISH.

More on this in the next week but you can view this post.

To get more of my step-by-step on how to get it done until the book is sitting in your hands.


@karlaVigilante Karlavigilante  asks Love or career?


ANSWER: They are the same. If they aren’t the same, then figure out how to move towards a point where they are the same. There’s no excuses in this.


iChmpneGrl Champagne Girl asks: which gives you more satisfaction, reinventing your own life or inspiring others to reinvent theirs; why?



About a year ago I got sick of talking about stocks. Everyone wants stock tips. They think if they buy a stock and it goes up then they will be happier than they are now. That they will be more “safe”. Some of my stock tips would go up , some would go down. When the stocks would go up, I would never hear from people again. When the stock would go down, everyone would send me angry notes.

So if along the way to happiness there’s a lot of potential for anger, then it’s not a true happiness. It’s not a true road.

So I wanted to reinvent myself.  And the way I reinvented myself is by writing a blog that shows how I reinvented myself and maybe that gives a little inspiration to help other people find the right way to reinvent their own selves.

People are still angry at me. But it’s for their own reasons that have nothing to do with me.

And I’m happier.

Follow me on Twitter please.


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  • Shawn

    Great post.

    And please write a post about those 50 books soon.  I need to re-up the queue.

    • murali

       I second that. I look forward to the fifty books post, JA.

  • Jeff

    I would have kicked that old lady’s ass!  :-)

    • Jeff

      Seriously though, I like the punch idea.  Think about how much better people would behave if they lived in imminent danger of getting punched by any random person for being rude.  The great author Edward Abbey once wrote, “We should restore the practice of dueling.  It might improve manners around here.”

  • Kevin Faul

    You love mentioning Kim Kardashian and Snooki, so here’s my question.

    If you could meet one of the two, which one would you meet and why?

    • James Altucher

      Kim. She seems to figure out how to monetize every movement in her life.

      • Adam Calica

        “10 Unusual Things I Learned from Kim Kardashian” :)

  • Priscilla Wood

    I just wanted to tell you thank you for having these Q&A Twitter sessions, the more questions I ask the more I come up with ideas.

  • 736hundred

    Did you apologize for bumping the old lady, before she leveled you?

    And how many old ladies are you going to bump into in the future?

    • James Altucher

      I did not apologize to her. I didn’t realize I had bumped into her (everyone was bumping into everyone else. it was 5pm at the grand central gourmet). And then she hit me and ran away so I didn’t have a chance. Knocked cold by an 80 yr old.

      No more old ladies, I promise! Too dangerous.

  • Purvi Rajani

    Your description of an entrepreneur is sublime.

    Today’s blog post is filled with so much wisdom and inspiration. It’s funny how often I visit your blog, read what you wrote and just think, “wow. His best post ever.”

    Reading your blog makes me feel like I have a wise older brother to turn to for advice. I also like that I can read one of your columns and then do something specific to put that advice into motion.

    Thank you for today’s post.

  • TheAcsMan

    The advice to self-publish is truly priceless.

    Back when the only option was either “Vanity Press” or rejection from the major publsihing houses, there are now so many good (and no cost) alternatives.

    As James said about the editing process, aside from spelling errors, your unique voice can only be transmitted through your writing and not through a highly sanitized process overseen by a junior editor with Clearasil blotches.

    If you have the time and drive there are so many ways to get noticed and to drum up demand for your book. You blog, you post comments, you Tweet. You can even get on national TV, as I already have, if you keep at it. The list is now growing each day.

    I’ve been plugging away for about 7 months, starting 2 months before I released my self published book. What you begin to realize is that perserverance has its merits and notoriety grows, as long as you don’t get discouraged.

    Remember that reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s lesson on 10,000 hours of practice? It applies to a self-publishing venture as well.

    See my Finance/Humor blog at TheAcsMan and inside my book Option to Profit

    • Dannyboy990

      Hey AcsMan, just some constructive criticism for your blog. I tried to look around but I couldn’t stand it as it was just too full of google ads and irrelevant tag clouds (lose body weight). 

      • TheAcsMan

        Thanks (I think). Yeah, the new site (and URL) is still being designed. There’s one Google ad on the home page and 2 on child pages, one vertical and one horizontal.

        What I think we’ll be eliminating are those “info link’ ads, which are the annoying green underlines. Those have been on for about 4 days and I don’t care for them very much.

        The tag clouds are interesting because, especially for a relatively young blog, they make it much easier for search engines to direct people. The site (and its predecessor received lots of organic search hits once the tags started. Those will eventually be reduced as search engines get more saturated with content.

        It’s all a process.

        So, what does “lose body weight” mean?

        • Dannyboy990

          Hey AcsMan,
          I just saw in the tag cloud “Lose body fat”. I think it was an infolink tag cloud. I agree that you should get rid of those info link ads. For me personally, and I can only speak from my personal experience of visiting your blog, they remind me of those blogs I find sometimes on google by trying to find some useful infromation, and you know this blog only exists to make some money off ads and not provide useful info.

          Good luck

          • TheAcsMan

            Consider yourself an unpaid consultant. Thanks for the observation, although I’ll probably try to exploit this experience in a future blog (like, say this coming Tuesday).

            I did remove the code for those links. They really did have a distracting and cheesey feel to them, but alas, due to the loss of bountiful income, Little Timmy will die this winter. At least last year we could afford a little gruel.

            But still, thanks.

          • TheAcsMan

            As promised, here’s the blog that you helped to inspire.
            Rational or Emotional?

            Seriously, thanks for the comments. I think your observations were absolutely right

          • Anonymous

            But . . . what about Little Timmy?

          • TheAcsMan

            Little Timmy, as it turned out had been playing us and embezzling ad related revenue for the past several years.

            He was returned to the orphanage upon the discovery where he was shanked by a disgruntled lover.

            So all in all, everything worked out well for everyone this holiday season

  • ReportingLife

    Wow…   You blew me away today.

  • Anonymous

    As someone who’s going through a divorce, I’d argue that the time to leave is when you are having to force yourself to stay. I did it for 4+ years and now I wonder “what the hell was I thinking?” I ended up in the same place anyway.

    • James Altucher

      Yeah, the key is figuring out how to reduce that 4+ years to 1.

      • 736hundred

        If you find your self goggling  -“how to get divorce fast and cheap” – “how much is child support” – “do-it-yourself divorce” and searching for one bedroom lofts, I think it’s time.

  • Also S. Zarathustra

    O wise one,

    You missed your calling … not entrepreneur but Preacher!   
    Your mindstream is a random walk on the pool table of life. 

  • Concrete Dovetail

    Out of curiosity, why were you in Twitter’s office?

  • Brian Andersen

    “An entrepreneur is like a god that puts his hand into the universal soup
    and changes the direction of things so that the resulting worldscape
    that is created is now different.”

    Wow.  Awesome Visual.

  • Veeh Waithira

    Thanks again for recommending the science of getting rich, I love just how straightforward it is!! I have to saw am got hooked to the daily practice, and it is so hard to follow through though, is there a way you can expand on each practice even more?

  • Andrew Denny

    I’ve never heard of ‘Snooki’ before & barely know who Kim Kardashian is (outside of just being talked about, so I guess I’m off to a good start.

    • James Altucher

      Yes, now we have to work on Justin Bieber and you are all set.

  • Summer Berkeley

    This is the most useful post you’ve ever written!

  • 736hundred

    For the self confidence in a child question:
    I believe you have to give them love and honesty, all the time – and be an example failure and success.  You need to make sure they are exposed to different situations, different surroundings and varied experiences. (if you live in a bubble do everything you can to expand their experiences outside the bubble) 

    If you child is shy by nature, find challenges that compliment that trait, because not everyone is wired to be in the spotlight, and not every one has a drive for winning, or a specific goal of making money.

    2 cents from a mom of 3

    • James Altucher

      Yes, I agree with all of that. 3 cents from a day of 2.

  • GYSC

    These posts are always so amazing. Thanks James.

    • research papers

      I agree with you! Very interesting. 

  • GSL

    “An entrepreneur can be a businessman, an artist, an employee, a creator, a mystic.”

    As I’m right now listening to Trent Reznor’s remarkable score for “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, I completely agree. Well said.

  • Jon Rowe

    The only way to reverse the hypnotic effects are meditation and mindfulness.  Exercise or other mood altering things may help as well.  But I agree, reversing hypnotic like thought patterns that enter out conscience by way of the superego — that’s key to “waking up” and experiencing enlightenment.  Emotional reactions — anger/fear, fight/flight, guilt/irritations — should be minimized if not eliminated. 

  • S34nDad

    I’m curious why you recommend the Wallace Wattles book.  I found and read it yesterday and while I think it contains some good stuff, when taken as a metaphor, the metaphysical aspects if taken literally sound like kookery.  The figure out what you want, picture it in detail, then strive, strive, strive all the while focusing on that image and believing it can be achieved is good advice. Just curious for your more specific take (as always)
    Thanks for awesome addicting blog!

  • Nietzsche’sPortfolio

    instead of reading the news, watching TV(CNBC–but James i will watch Kudlow if u are on) last week I read Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Comac Mcarthy Blood Meridian–Next? Christopher Marlowe plays, Moby Dick, Proust, and Thomas Pynchon Against the Day. Now, I used to hate Pynchon, but James you must at least give Against the Day a try while listening to the audio book by Dick Hill–it’s the best audio book I ever heard.

  • Marc Martin

    I would enjoy a post on the top 50 books that have influenced you. I started reading you blog after being referred to your post on 100 rules. I wish I had read it a few years ago, but life is continuously learning. Enjoy reading all your post, from one of your Mississippi followers.

  • Caveman Doctor

    Great post.  The not following the news struck a cord with me, as I spend a chunk of my free time reading online news sites.  Perhaps this should stop and I should spend more time on my own website:

    Thanks for the valuable as usual post!

  • arturo

    hello James, your answer on the love or career question is useful, thanks.

  • Raj Mohan

    Thanks James, for the link to Wattle.
    Extraordinary in its simplicity and TRUTH.