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Anything You Want
Anything You Want
by Derek Sivers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $6.20
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the end, it's about what you want to be, not what you want to have, June 29, 2011
This review is from: Anything You Want (Hardcover)
"In the end, it's about what you want to be, not what you want to have."

If you agree with that statement (I think my favorite quote from this book), you need to read this book.
If you're looking for inspiration.
If you're afraid of failure.
If you want to start something.
You need to read this book.

"Don't pursue business just for your own gain. Only answer the calls for help."

Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby shares his success and his failures in this remarkably straight forward and honest book about how he basically accidentally founded a remarkably successful internet company - long before the internet bubble and without knowing anything about it.

I read this book in a couple of quick subway rides, to and from work. Don't be fooled by its ease, though. While you'll zoom through it, you'll close it feeling inspired and ready to start something new and, most importantly, you'll close it feeling less afraid of failure and less self-conscious about doing what makes you happy in life.

One more favorite quote: "... if you think true love looks like Romeo and Juliet, you'll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly." Revolution - in business and in life - often starts with a small step.

This book will help you remember that.

Poke the Box
Poke the Box
Price: $5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Go Go, March 1, 2011
This review is from: Poke the Box (Kindle Edition)
"Have you fully understood the cost of not starting?"

Poke the Box is a must read for anyone looking for inspiration. It's a must read for anyone who wants to promote innovation. I don't care if you're the cleaning lady or the CEO, this book is your permission slip to start making things happen. This book is your permission slip to fail.

Because, hey, if you're always afraid of failing, how will it be possible for you to succeed?

Outside Over There (Caldecott Collection)
Outside Over There (Caldecott Collection)
by Maurice Sendak
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.88
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous, March 31, 2007
i have loved this book ever since i was a small child in the 70s. my mother was always buying books for us with odd stories and beautiful illustrations. to this day, it is one of my favorites.

when i was a child, i loved the intricacy of the illustrations and could spend hours looking into the details in the pictures. i loved the story, as well. it is all at once a little creepy and a gorgeous fairy tale.

the things about fairy tales, though, including the ones that disney has sanitized, is that they are all creepy. to those people who are saying to keep this book away from small children, etc ... i say it is no more disturbing than "hansel and gretel" or any other tale by the brothers grimm. and it is not any more disturbing than any other sendak book. from "where the wild things are" to "pierre" to "in the night kitchen". they are fantasy and fable and fairy tale all together.

children's imaginations are supposed to run wild. that's how they learn and grow.

and to the people who are made uncomfortable my sendak's use of nudity in a children's book ... i say get your head out of the sand. it is neither graphic nor gratuitous. by just having it here as part of the story and not a big deal, you take away it's taboo status. it makes it less interesting if it's something that's normal than if it's something that's hidden. there's nothing wrong with a little bare bum!

Loud & Clear
Loud & Clear
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and she knows a song or two ..., January 17, 2002
This review is from: Loud & Clear (Audio CD)
but she can't quite sing the words ... oh, wow. moods for moderns were the best pop band around. i first heard them a couple years back, when my friend gave me a copy of their not yet released lp, titled loud&clear. wow. i think i wore the disc out, listening to it over and over and over again. i know all the words. i can sing them all by heart.
these boys sing the type of music you can listen to a million times over without ever getting tired of. they sing the songs that every girl wishes to hear. they sing the songs that you want to dance to and sing-along with. think a little elo, a little monkees and 100% rock'n'roll. think of the kind of pop&roll that you only thought you could hear in your dreams. think of a sound you only wished for. that is moods for moderns ...
pay attention to their single, slacker ways, which ben wrote as a present for his girlfriend. the ultimate pop song.
i heard a rumor that they broke up, which is the saddest thing i've heard in a long, long time. they were a great trio, unlike anything that was around. so, snatch up this album while it's still around.
they are a super band.
i love them

Driver Driver
Driver Driver
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on the fast track to complacancy, November 30, 2001
This review is from: Driver Driver (Audio CD)
ok. i admit it. i like the damn personals. musically and as people. i have known them for years now and i think they are a great band. i've seen them play a million shows, good and bad - but i've always thought they were a rockin' band.
anyway. i am supposed to be reviewing this album and i want to. driver driver came out a couple of years ago and i know all the words by heart. i've listened to it over and over and it still hasn't gotten old. it is a refreshingly nostalgic rock and roll album - a bit of 60s garage, a pinch of northern soul and a heart of rock'n'roll.
listen to this album - not only the music, but the words. ken is a smart lyricist. clever. well influenced. i am the music listener who likes pop music. likes rock and roll. but i want it to be smart. i want to know that i could have an intellectual conversation with the bands i listen to - not that it will necesarilly happen, but i want to know that the people i am shelling out my hard earned money for are worthy of the cash. deserving.
i am by no means saying that these guys are brilliant. that would be too weird and too much. what i am saying is that this is a clever album. smart, both musically and lyrically. i am listening to it as i write this and i am remembering all the things that i like about the damn personals.
but, instead of believing me listen to the audio clips available here. just the snippets of these songs will prove the worth of this cd. it is one of those records that, five years from now, you will be glad you have it. when all the frat boys are jut discovering the damn personals, on their third or fourth album, you will pop in your coffee stained copy of driver driver and think 'man, i bout this back in '01' and you will know how much cooler you are than all those white-hatted 19 year olds ...
these boys deserve the hype of bands like the strokes and the faint and the shins ... they deserve people to buy this album and adore them. they are great musicians. they are talent. they are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the great things you will see coming from boston in the next couple of years - rock and roll intelligencia returning to our town ...
keep your eyes open for a new album.
buy this one in the meantime.

Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.48
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars isn't it good, November 30, 2001
This review is from: Norwegian Wood (Paperback)
norwegian wood is my favorite beatles song. i picked up this book for that reason. it was the first murakami book i read, and different than the ones i have read since.
like the song, norwegian wood is sweet and simple and sad. i enjoyed the story of a young man's journey through an extraordinarily emotional terrain. it has been a while since i have read this book, and i only hope that i can be fair in my review. when i read it, i could not put it down. i didn't want to. i wanted to stay with him, through his love and pain and heartache. i wanted to hold him through it. to take care of him ... this is the best kind of book, where you feel like you can step into the pages and take the hand of the characters - bring them through the pain.
when they talk about norwegian wood, the song, a simple melody, a memory, i know what they mean. i understand. because i love that song. it is a memory to me. a journey and an understanding.
norwegian wood sings, 'i once had a girl, or should i say, she once had me?' that is this book. this story. this love. she has him. he thinks, maybe, he has her, but it is a fleeting grip. a touch. she has him the entire time. and she doesn't let go.
i reccommend this book to anyone who has ever felt the loss of a first love. to anyone who has ever loved at all.
it may not be like the rest of murakami's books. there are no unicorn skulls or wind-up birds, but it doesn't matter. this is a gentle look at a young man realizing what it is truly like to BE a man. and all the hurt and glory that goes along with it.

by Banana Yoshimoto
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfection, November 30, 2001
This review is from: Kitchen (Paperback)
i have owned this book since it first came out in the states. a million lifetimes ago, i read it, and i keep reading it. this is my favorite book of all time. when i read banana yoshimoto, i feel as though i am sitting on the grass with a close friend, our heads pressed together, sharing secrets on a warm spring night. i feel like she is talking to me, in a whisper. it is this intimacy that makes me adore her and all of her books. kitchen was my first, though, and i will always love it for that.
moonlight shadow is the gorgeous novella at the end of the book, tucked away when you are just recovering from the beauty of kitchen. it may not be as well written, but it speaks to me in a way that no other story has. a simple and glorious fairy tale, telling of young love and loss ... she is telling this story to us, like a perfectly wrapped present ...
i reccomend this book to everyone i know. i love this book. i give it to people i love. i give it to people i think it can help. i have probably purchased more copies of this book than anyone in the world ... i think everyone should read it. and keep it's secret.

by Banana Yoshimoto
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moonlight shadow, November 30, 2001
This review is from: Kitchen (Paperback)
i bought this book when it first came out, a million lifetimes ago, and have read it approximately 150 times ... kitchen is a gorgeous story, but my favorite part of the book is when kitchen is all over and you get to moonlight shadow ... a short story of love lost and found ... that is what the book is all about ... i love this book. i buy it for people i love and adore ... i make everyone read it ... i reccomend it to everyone ... i reccomend it to you ... this book is beautiful. banana yoshimoto is beautiful. the story is beautiful ... i love this book. i can't say it enough.

South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel
South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, November 30, 2001
haruki murakami is a master of the written word ... south of the border, west of the sun is a lovely, romance ... and not in the traditional sense of the word ... or the idea ... life and love are cyclical things, coming and going and going and coming ... this book is a reverie ... and ode ... a noirish look into ourselves ... reccomended to anyone who likes to read and think at the same time ... just wonderful ...

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