Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Was just going through the piles of books and came across this one that I bought and read on a camping trip a year or two ago.

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=0375725784&btnG=Search&meta=

..or you can give me a kickback and stick it to the man (this is presuming that I'm not "the man") by buying through the following link..

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375725784/yafla-20

(over the past several years I have amassed enough Amazon bucks to buy myself...a copy of Alton Brown's "More Good Eats". Woot!). I'm going to buy Mr. Egger's newer two books right now.

I have no idea where I originally saw a recommendation for this book (I believe in the National Post insert "Saturday Night"), however it was a very enjoyable read, and is very well written. One of the reasons I bought it was to expose myself to better writing, as a constant exposure to terrible web writing was destroying my brain.

That is all.

Actually this leads me to a curiousity of mine - being in this profession, with its endless rate of change, I read extraordinarily few non-technical books every year -  generally only when vacationing. Every other moment I fill with technical magazines, websites, dry books like "Biztalk 2004", and so on. The result is that it seriously impedes my ability to write with any creativity.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
March 1st, 2005
That's a great book. A friend of mine in the publishing industry recommended it to me. I love the copyright page, and the MWKWWM section in the back. I loaned it to a friend and never got it back.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 1st, 2005
I loved, loved, loved that book. The authors style of writing is so enjoyable to read it hardly matters what he's writing about.

Anyone who can make me laugh out loud while reading gets high honours from me.
Permalink ~ 
March 1st, 2005
Well, thanks a lot. Thanks to you, I've finally been able to purchase David Sedaris's "Me talk pretty one day" on CD.

I went to your Amazon link, and found people who bought that book also bought D. Sedaris work, which I've always wanted, so there you are.

And it's all thanks to you. Now, regarding the Heartbreaking Work... I suppose I'll have to leave that for the future.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 1st, 2005
Amazon Bucks well spent, Dennis! I'll pick the Eggers book up through your kickback link just based on your good taste. Thanks for the recommendation.
Permalink bionicroach 
March 1st, 2005

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