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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the S...
by Scott Adams

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<b>Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of <i>Dilbert</i> recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. </b><br /><br /> Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of <i>Dilbert</i>, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In<i> How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big</i>, Adams shares the game plan he’s followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.<br /><br /> No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares how he turned one failure after another—including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants—into something good and lasting. There’s a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance:<br /><br /> • Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners.<br /> • “Passion” is bull. What you need is personal energy.<br /> • A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable.<br /> • You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.<br /><br /> Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: “This is a story of one person’s unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me.”
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Editi...
by Betty Edwards

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 26, 2012

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<b>A revised edition of the classic bestselling how to draw book. A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers and artists to come.</b><br /><br /> Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:<br /><br /> • a new introduction;<br /> • crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;<br /> • new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;<br /> • an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;<br /> • and new reproductions of master drawings throughout
Lanny: A Novel
by Max Porter

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<p><b>Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning <i>Grief Is the Thing with Feathers</i></b></p><p>There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the land’s past.</p><p>It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure local schoolchildren used to draw as green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, ethereal boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.</p><p>With <i>Lanny</i>, Max Porter extends the potent and magical space he created in <i>Grief Is the Thing with Feathers</i>. This brilliant novel will ensorcell readers with its anarchic energy, with its bewitching tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. <i>Lanny</i> is a ringing defense of creativity, spirit, and the generative forces that often seem under assault in the contemporary world, and it solidifies Porter’s reputation as one of the most daring and sensitive writers of his generation.</p>
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discove...
by Austin Kleon

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2014

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<p>In his <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Steal Like an Artist</i>, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.<br /><br /><i> Show Your Work!</i> is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting <i>findable</i>, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, <i>Show Your Work!</i> offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.<br /><br /> In chapters such as<b> You Don’t Have to Be a Genius</b>; <b>Share Something Small Every Day</b>; and <b>Stick Around</b>, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.</p>
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror...
by Grady Hendrix

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b>An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s</b><br />  <br /> Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next <i>Exorcist </i>or <i>Rosemary’s Baby</i>. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like <b>V. C. Andrews</b> and <b>R. L. Stine</b>, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the L...
by Nikki Sixx

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 18, 2007

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In honor of the ten-year anniversary of<i> The Heroin Diaries</i>, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on drug addiction is reissued with exclusive new content. This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki’s yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by twenty percent in the past year alone, Nikki’s story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate are now more relevant than ever.<br /><br />When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn’t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn’t do. He spent days—sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers—in a coke- and heroin-fueled daze.<br /> <br />The highs were high, and Nikki’s journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.<br /> <br />Here, Nikki shares the diary entries—some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre—of those dark times. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.<br /> <br />Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving,<i> The Heroin Diaries </i>follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
by Kassia St. Clair

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English

Pages

363

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><strong>A <em>Sunday Times</em> (UK) Book of the Year<br /><br />Shortlisted • Society of Authors' Somerset Maugham Award<br /><br />A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week</strong></p><br /><p><strong>The best-selling author of <em>The Secret Lives of Color</em> returns with this rollicking narrative of the 30,000-year history of fabric, briskly told through thirteen charismatic episodes.</strong></p><br /><p>From colorful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to the Indian calicoes that sparked the Industrial Revolution, <em>The Golden Thread</em> weaves an illuminating story of human ingenuity. Design journalist Kassia St. Clair guides us through the technological advancements and cultural customs that would redefi ne human civilization—from the fabric that allowed mankind to achieve extraordinary things (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic records) and survive in unlikely places (outer space and the South Pole). She peoples her story with a motley cast of characters, including Xiling, the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Offering insights into the economic and social dimensions of clothmaking—and countering the enduring, often demeaning, association of textiles as “merely women’s work”—<em>The Golden Thread</em> offers an alternative guide to our past, present, and future.</p>
The Art of Visual Notetaking:An interactive guide to visual commu...
by Emily Mills

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>Improve your bullet journals, to-do lists, class notes, and everything in between with <i>The Art of Visual Notetaking</i> and its unique approach to taking notes in the twenty-first century.</b><br /><br /> Visual notetaking is the perfect skill for journaling, class lectures, conferences, and any other time that retaining information is key. Also referred to as <b>sketchnoting</b>, visual notetaking is ideal for documenting processes, planning projects, outlining ideas, and capturing information. And as you'll learn in <i>The Art of Visual Notetaking</i>, this approach doesn't require advanced drawing or hand-lettering skills; anyone can learn how to use simple lines, connectors, shapes, and text to take dynamic notes.<br />  <br /> In <i>The Art of Visual Notetaking</i>, aspiring sketchnoters and journalers will find helpful "Getting Started" pages of <b>icons and badges</b> for common note-taking purposes, with tips and encouragement for <b>creating you own unique icons</b>. You'll go on to discover instruction and how-to techniques, tips, and tutorials that focus on visual <b>notetaking for different settings</b>, from a business meeting, workshop, or convention, to a college lecture or sermon. Expert instruction from a professional sketchnote artist and educator demonstrates how to visually arrange and compile ideas, focal points, and key concepts.
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
by Austin Kleon

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b>Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating.</b><br /><br /> In his previous books <i>Steal Like an Artist </i>and <i>Show Your Work!</i>, both <i>New York Times </i>bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life.<br /><br /> The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. <i>Keep Going</i> celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.<br /><br /><i>Keep Going</i> and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.<br />  
You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in On...
by Mark Kistler

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

January 04, 2011

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<b> Learn to draw in 30 days with Emmy award-winning PBS host Mark Kistler<br /><br /></b>Drawing is an acquired skill, not a talent--anyone can learn to draw! All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and the willingness to tap into your hidden artistic abilities. With Emmy award-winning, longtime PBS host Mark Kistler as your guide, you'll learn the secrets of sophisticated three-dimensional renderings, and have fun along the way--in just 20 minutes a day for a month. Inside you'll find:<br /><ul><li>Quick and easy step-by-step instructions for drawing everything from simple spheres to apples, trees, buildings, and the human hand and face</li><li>More than 500 line drawings, illustrating each step</li><li>Time-tested tips, techniques, and tutorials for drawing in 3-D</li><li>The 9 Fundamental Laws of Drawing to create the illusion of depth in any drawing</li><li>75 student examples to help gauge your own progress</li></ul>

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