Lost and Profound: The Rejected Book Reviews by Famous People

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I am going to buy this book as soon as I recover from tomorrow with my daily penicillin shot (I am joking, in the spirit of the book). I have always wondered why penicillin’s pioneer, Nobel Laureate Alexander Fleming called it a shot. Now I know. As an indefensible reference book, LOST and PROFOUND proves… Continue reading Lost and Profound: The Rejected Book Reviews by Famous People

The Origins of Business, Money and Markets (Columbia Business School Publishing) by Keith Roberts

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Sometimes a superb writer can ask you a question you never, ever considered, and then answer it in ways that make you wonder why you never asked the question. Where did business start and what was the profession? Who discovered the magic of money? When did the concept of profit raise its stakes? Why? How?… Continue reading The Origins of Business, Money and Markets (Columbia Business School Publishing) by Keith Roberts

“To be or not to be” is NOT a question.

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Two hundred years before the French and the Australians independently discover how to make pencils, a British playwright scratched out a pretty good story on parchment paper with a Spanish quill pen. He decided his protagonist would hang out with a bunch of gravediggers and question the meaning of life. He started Act Three, Scene… Continue reading “To be or not to be” is NOT a question.

Be a damned GOOD writer.

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Publish or be damned. For generations, this phrase defined the possibility of tenure for college professors and success for scientists. In the world of Independent Publishing, do-it-yourself authors often swap the conjunction: Publish and be damned. Abuse of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting guarantee censure. “Get an editor.” “I can’t afford one.” “You need one.”… Continue reading Be a damned GOOD writer.