James Altucher’s “Ultimate Guide to Going Broke”

James Altucher is not only a good interviewer (see today’s Journal), he’s a great writer. I’m trying to learn from him. You can tell that he writes his blog posts in less than half an hour. He uses a free form of logic… which helps. And he doesn’t “teach” as much as “tells” – i.e., a journalistic approach.

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Mr. Money Mustache on “The Real Benefit of Being Rich”


This is a short essay by Mr. Money Mustache, who, some years ago, decided to quit his high-stress, highly paid corporate job and retire young on the savings he had acquired. He is now living a very rich life without being a millionaire.

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James Altucher on “The BEST Thing About Self-Publishing”

The worldwide web has changed the world. In some ways for the worse. But in many ways for the better. It is, for example, better today for writers that have the tenacity to publish their own books.

The first half-dozen books about business and entrepreneurship that I wrote were published by a major publisher. They sold well. (All of them were Amazon bestsellers. One was a NYT and WSJ bestseller.) But I never made much money from them. I decided after that to publish my own books… and that was far more profitable.

James Altucher tells his own version of this.

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The latest issue of AWAI’s The Barefoot Writer


* Online Pandemonium Sparks Billion-Dollar Needs; Only ONE Kind of Writer Can Sort It Out

* Is Kitchen Sink Syndrome Killing Your Productivity?

* The Antidote to Failure: 3 Words and a Foolproof Formula

* In a Writing Rut? Change Things Up!



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“5 Truths to Accept Before Your Mind Can Improve”

I’m pretty sure this guy is a longtime Michael Masterson reader. In any case, he succinctly restates five “truths” that must be accepted in order to have a long and successful career. LINK

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The latest issue of Independent Healing“The Healing Sun”

The dermatology industry has it all wrong… Sunlight is not your enemy.


* Which cancer procedures are legitimate… and which ones clinics use to pad their bottom line

* Why following mainstream advice about sun exposure shortens your lifespan as much as smoking

* Why one dermatologist congratulates his patients when they get basal cell cancer


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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly

A shamefully delicious exposé on Donald Trump’s longstanding reputation for cheating at golf. Having heard the rumor for many years, sportswriter Rick Reilly spoke with golf professionals and celebrities who have played with the president to see if it was true.

Apparently, it is.

“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,’” Reilly wrote. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf.… if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

Let’s start with Trump’s handicap. He claims a handicap of 2.8. That is very low. In fact, it’s lower than Jack Nicklaus’s. “If Trump is a 2.8, Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter,” Reilly wrote.

LPGA player Suzann Pettersen told Reilly she believes Trump’s caddy is in on the cheating. “No matter how far into the woods [Trump] hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”

My favorite story was told by ESPN football announcer Mike Tirico. He said that one time, playing with Trump, he hit one of the best shots of his life. “I was convinced it landed close to the green,” he said. But by the time he reached the green, his ball was mysteriously 50 feet to the left of the hole and in a bunker.

He was flummoxed. After the game, Trump’s caddy pulled him aside and said, “You know that shot you hit on the par 5? It was about 10 feet from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.”

I golf once a year with half a dozen high school buddies. Half of them are Trump supporters and are likely to defend him on all political issues. This, however, they could not excuse.

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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin

The inside story of the detection of gravitational waves using the most sensitive scientific instrument ever made – the “LIGO.” The machine was designed to detect infinitesimally small sounds (vibrations) created by giant astronomical events such as collapsing stars, merging galaxies, two black holes collapsing into one, and ever so faintly perhaps, the Big Bang.

Einstein had predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916. This book is the story of how that machine was built and improved upon, culminating, in 2016, in the confirmation of Einstein’s prediction.

Confidently written by someone that clearly knows her subject and is a very accomplished prose stylist. But the subject matter was difficult to grasp.

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I’ve been reading two books while in Chile: A Short History of Chile by Sergio Villalobos and Los Versos del Capitan (The Captain’s Verses)by Pablo Neruda. The first one, at 204 pages, is the perfect length for someone with only a tourist’s interest in the country. The second one left me with the same thought I had after reading some of Neruda’s other poetry: If you can read Spanish, even rudimentary Spanish, it’s better to read him that way rather than in translation. Spanish, when articulated melodically – either in song or in poetry – is so much more beautiful than English.

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