The Ghost Of Mark Twain: Why Smart People Fail, And What To Do About It

Smart people aren’t so smart, after all. I think about Mark Twain a lot. Twain, of course, is one of America’s most beloved writers. He gave a voice to the culture of the American South, and in doing revolutionized world literature. He was extremely prolific, waking up every morning to write in a special room ...

How To Take Total Control of Your Life

This is it. Photo by Parowan496. This post is a little more personal than normal for this blog, but what better way to kick off Eternal Suffering Society for 2012? Each New Year, I observe two rituals: an Annual Review (analyzing and evaluating the previous year) and the Setting of Yearly Goals (choosing my direction ...

Self-Help Reviews: Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles

(I read a ridiculous number of books. Most of them – in fact, all of them, as I grow older – were picked because I thought I could benefit from them in some way. The closest I’ve gotten to true “pleasure” reading is Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, which, by the way, is one ...

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