Crash Proof 2.0 by Peter Schiff read by Sean Pratt

Don’t buy anything. Don’t borrow anything. Don’t open any kind of e-trade account, or invest in any kinds of funds, or buy any kinds of currencies, or pay any kind of broker. Read this book, cover to cover. Then write a letter of praise to Peter Schiff for his clarity of thought, his easy to understand explanations of economic realities, and his ability to map out alternatives for Americans with a little bit of good sense.

Nevil Shute No Highway read by Robin Bailey

Therefore, go forth, companion: when you find
No highway more, no track, all being blind
The way to go shall glimmer in the mind.
Though you have conquered Earth and charted Sea
And planned the courses of all Stars that be, Adventure on,
more wonders are in Thee.
Adventure on, for from the littlest clue
Has come whatever worth man ever knew;
The next to lighten all men may be you….

— John Masefield

Shute must be removed from the dusty category of oddish optimistic English writers and reclassified among the chroniclers of all things mechanical, experimental, technical and the men who invent them, perfect them, and test them. Again and again Nevil Shute describes ugly, unpopular, classless, technical men who nonetheless make wonderful things that work. In a word: engineers. Developers. Hackers. Nerds. Shutists, all. A century of nerds, bricoleurs and tinkerers and hobbyists invented buggy applications, tracked each other’s patents, and played with each other’s toys, long before we came along.

Honey is exemplary. A scientist who devises noisy contraptions tearing themselves to bits in order to study stress. A theorist who hasn’t heard of hot water boilers or mops.
Such an insignificant little man is Honey that it is almost inconceivable that he should be right about big important matters – like when planes are likely to crash. It is likewise inconceivable that such a seriously ugly man in a bad suit can make himself loved by a beautiful actress and a beautiful stewardess in the same book. But he does.

Welcome to Temptation by J. Crusie read by Aasne Vigesaa(!)

Welcome to Temptation by J. Crusie read by Aasne Vigesaa(!)

Sophie and Amy Dempsy are listening to Dusty Springfield on the car radio, Amy filming the “Welcome to Tempatation” road sign from behind her pink rhinestone sunglasses and Sophie not paying attention. When they crash, how does Sophie get them out of it?

1. Make the mark smile.
2. Get the mark to agree with you.
3. Make the mark feel superior.
4. Give the mark something.

Add these to your interview techniques. They work, when punctuated with a Dempsey “gotta love me” smile and a cool, smooth, pretty voice, like that of a reader with an unpronounceable name (Aasne Vigessa?)…

The one girly girl book that’s not just for girls.

Date: 02/13/2005 8:24 am