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Re: “Elizabeth George's Little Villains

The boys who committed the murder were ten, not eight. They spent eight years in youth detention,a sort of secure school, not prison. They were released on licence when they were eighteen instead of going to prison. The reason for Jon Venables' recall has not yet been released although there is much speculation in the press. What he has done we do not know. Under the English law of sub judice these details have to be secret if there's a chance there may be a court case. Because of his age we know Venables must be in prison but all stories about what he gets up to there need to be taken with a pinch of salt as nobody officially knows who he is.

Posted by Joyceraye on 04/28/2010 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Whole Schmear

There are two fairly renown sayings that I think best apply to Alper's efforts to market his book at the Oakland Library and elsewhere.
The first is the old pull-wool-over-your-face; "You wanna make a million dollars? Then sell a book that helps others to make a million dollars. What advice do you put in that book? Why of course advise your readers that THEY THEMSELVES should write a book that makes them a million dollars. And on and on." Ah, what a pie-in-the-sky dream before the original writer takes the money from booksales and then disappears!

The second saying is "You really want to benefit from a rich man's advice? (could be a rich woman's too!) Look at the details of what he actually DOES, and not the ideas and motivations of what he writes he does or says he does."

We East Bay readers and entrpreneurs should have much more patience with Alper and other supposedly successful advice-givers.
The jury is still out on Alper's success both with his book Business Mensch and with his advice therein.
Here's some even better advice: Why don't we wait a few years until Alper's self-promotion dies down several notches, and then check out his book and competitors' for free at the library, several years down the line??
Now THAT, my friends, is DEFINITELY Timeless Wisdom that I think makes perfect personal-business sense !!!

Posted by dwssw5 on 03/07/2010 at 3:19 PM

Re: “The Whole Schmear

There are two fairly renown sayings that I think best apply to Alper's efforts to market his book at the Oakland Library and elsewhere.
The first is the old pull-wool-over-your-face; "You wanna make a million dollars? Then sell a book that helps others to make a million dollars. What advice do you put in that book? Why of course advise your readers that THEY THEMSELVES should write a book that makes them a million days. And on and on." Ah, what a pie-in-the-sky dream before the original writer takes the money from booksales and then disappears!

The second saying is "You really want to benefit from a rich man's advice? Look at the details of what he actually DOES, and not the ideas and motivations of what he writes he does or says he does."

We East Bay readers and entrpreneurs should have much more patience with Alper and other supposedly successful advice-givers.
The jury is still out on Alper's success both with his book Business Mensch and with his advice therein.
Why don't we wait a few years until Alper's self-promotion dies down several notches, and then check out his book and competitors' for free at the library several years down the line??
Now THAT, my friends, is DEFINITELY Timeless Wisdom that makes perfect personal-business sense!!!

Posted by dwssw5 on 03/07/2010 at 3:13 PM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

"I think there's a width to truth, and it's very wide. This is truth, and this also is truth, and this too is truth. This is because we are evolving, and also at the same time God is evolving along with us." --Atsuko Watanabe

I love this line from your book. Not sure if you remember me, Andy, but I was at Stone Bridge when your book first got signed on, and I'm so glad to see your book now in finished form. I might have said this to you back then, and I'll say it again: The ideas in this book are so important to young people trying to forge a life in a spendthrift nation with an economy in shambles. I'm out in Florida now, trying to find my different kind of luxury. Best of luck with the book, Nina

Posted by nawegner on 02/24/2010 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

This is an inspiring book on living a sustainable, creative, human life and because it drew from Japan, it got me to think out of the "progressive American" box. Thank you, Andy, for getting this written just when we all need some inspiration to wake ourselves from the trance of the outrageously unsustainable (and unsatisfying) American way.

Posted by Jane Brunette on 02/24/2010 at 7:51 AM

Re: “The No-Sony Zone

Thanks for the nice review. Just a couple of small corrections for the record. The folks in A Different Kind of Luxury live in older but wonderful houses, not huts, which though cheap to rent are often better than the mass produced apartment complexes most people live in today, whether in the city or the country. Atsuko, in chapter 3, gives lectures at the recycling center to people from other villages who have come to learn about her village's innovations, but certainly wouldn't lecture her neighbors about carcinogens in plastics. One more last tiny point, Atsuko let her daughter study at home for a few years because of the intense conservative pressure of the school system, and because her daughter asked, not because of her Catholic ideas. In fact Atsuko is a member of the Catholic church because of it's proximity to her remote home, but her beliefs and values are very radical. She's a follower of Rudolf Steiner, who founded Waldorf schools and biodynamic agriculture. Again I appreciate your coverage of this event.

Posted by Andy Couturier on 02/23/2010 at 7:35 PM

Re: “The Norman Conquest

I have read the book and met the author. I highly recommend both as amusing and insightful. (not so much Mr. La Rrett) Nobody wants to die so you might as well go out laughing!

Posted by MONALB99 on 01/27/2010 at 5:34 PM

Re: “The Norman Conquest

Its true that in these dark times (since the end of the little ice age 600-1850 when the mountain spirits fled this plane to keep from freezing) we are at the mercy of our own mortality, but this won't last. In about 8,000 years we will have devolved enough to regain entrance into the spirit world and will be able to bargain for eternal existence with powers we can scarcely comprehend. Until then we have to make the best of it and Mr. Dog is doing his part.

Posted by me again on 01/27/2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The DJ and the Dharma

It was a Fantastic Show. We raised over $1500.00 for Monks and Nuns in Burma. Thanks to all who attended this great event. Thanks to Eastbay Express for the great Feature. Harold Adler Director- Art House Gallery

Posted by haroldadler on 12/22/2009 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Power On

To learn more about Mike Miller's Organize Training Center or his new book "A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco", visit his website at:
www.OrganizeTrainingCenter.org

Posted by capturedesign on 11/25/2009 at 8:03 PM

Re: “A Man, a Van, a Plan

NOTE: Books Inc.'s website says this event is at 4 pm on Sunday, November 22.

Posted by Linda Landau on 11/18/2009 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Hey, Thanks

The book is so inspirational. I definitely intend to come to Nina's reading this Thursday. Can't wait!

Posted by Anna on 10/27/2009 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Sex and Drugs and Violence — Oh My!

Your trends in YA fiction are interesting and I'd have to agree with you. As a parent, I like to randomly preview the books my YA kids are reading. I have to say most are really enjoyable and it gives me opportunity to discuss these book with them. Conversation is good at this age. I recently previewed a book called Rumer & Qix for my kids. It had an environmental theme and man’s impact on nature with concerns about big business and big media woven through a futuristic fantasy story line aimed at tweens and Y/A readers. I really enjoyed it! Here's teh website if your interested: http://www.rumerandqix.com

Posted by Betty on 08/13/2009 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Love Apples

I heard Schell speak at A Great Good Place for Books last week and he was as charming as his book is winning! A great read and a great reader.

Posted by T. Miller on 08/09/2009 at 10:04 PM

Re: “The Southside Sleuth

Check out The Judy Joy Jones Show interview with Owen Hill at:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Judy-Joy-Jones-Show/2009/06/13/Judy-Joy-Jones-Show-with-Owen-Hill-Mystery-Author-Book-Buyer-fresh-from-BookExpo-NYC

Posted by Sam on 06/15/2009 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Lonely Pregnant Lesbian

I am a guy that a lesbian ask me to get her pregnant. I have been thinking about this.
In long term do I want to go throw life knowing I have a kid that I never will meet. Sure sex is fun but at what cost. I am still thinking about if i should go throw with it and give her my answer. Also later on in life if she needed money would she try to get me for child support.

Posted by mike on 06/04/2009 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Wish You Weren't Here

Talk about "political correctness taken to the extreme"; your assessment of education for girls as "cultural imperialism" is an insult to the majority of Pakistanis and Afghans who believe in educating women. The extremist views of the "rank-and-file Taliban" hardly defines the larger culture in that region.

Posted by Spence Butler on 02/12/2009 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Exploitation, Economics, and How to Sex Blog

Wonderful Article Dudes . . .

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Michael
Adult Dating

Posted by Michael on 01/20/2009 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Have Gun, Will Travel

Can you even read, swatdad? Fainaru virtually reproduces your last paragraph--he doesn't "blame" mercenaries and he doesn't find them "heartless." As to "license to kill," it's what's called a metaphor. Do police and soldiers, for example, have a "license to kill?" Yes and no: under certain circumstances yes, indiscriminately no. Don't look so hard for occasions to take offense.

Posted by David Weber on 01/18/2009 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Have Gun, Will Travel

Crescent Security was a small time secuity company that didn't provide enough manpower to do a mission appropriately. It's unfortunate that they are receiving so much free press, simply because they lacked the moral and ethical fortitude to take
care of their own employees. The author of this article should do a little research on this topic. We are not "licensed to kill" We operate with strict rules of engangement and well within the acceptable standard operating procedures set forth by the Department of State.
We are former police, swat officers and military members. We are not heartless mercenaries, as you would have your readers believe, we are simply trying to provide a good life for our families just like anyone else. We just do it in austere and dangerous environments.

Posted by Michael Parr on 01/16/2009 at 8:47 PM

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