Review: Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

If you’ve read any of the books written by John Elder Robison or his brother Augusten Burroughs, you’ll want to read Switched On as well. The family saga is remarkable; this is the latest chapter and fascinating.

If your life has changed due to brain injury or mental illness and you follow news about new treatment modalities, you’ll want to read Switched On.

If you think your life is stuck and you can’t imagine becoming seriously different after age 50, read Switched On. You may find reason to hope.

All in all, well worth the time it takes to read. If you haven’t read any of the earlier books yet, you can read Switched On by itself; you may want to go back later and catch up on the backstory.

Also by John Elder Robison: Look me in the Eye.

Dead Books 

Book cover, after the pages have been removed for recycling.

Sometimes, you just have to declare that a book is dead. Sometimes, somebody has to be the grown up, and make the decision that nobody’s going to buy this book, nobody wants it, it has no resale value, and it’s time to return to that great paper pulp machine in the sky. Intact books cause […]

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Year view planner

I’ve been cleaning out my studio; I found a 2004 calendar that I had saved for the pictures. At the back were two pages designed to show the full year, day by day. I use a lot of outdated calendars as record books. They show up in the thrift shop stream. If all I need […]

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Now What?

5 days into the new world order, and I am beginning to discern a path that might just lead me through this very dark and scary forest. It is possible that we may even be nearing the “end of the beginning,” although that is probably grossly optimistic. There are more shocks to come. The idiots […]

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Why Use a Manual Typewriter?

Gold plated claw hammer, given to my aunt Mildred Tiede, when she retired from the Stanley Works after 50 years of service.

My favorite thrift shop had a manual typewriter on display. The lady behind the counter said, “One just like that sold just last week—I can’t imagine why anyone would want to use a manual typewriter!” I said, “Maybe the power goes out a lot where they are.” And then, “Maybe they just like the way […]

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No wonder I hate stock

No wonder I hate most stock images. At least the ones where everyone has perfect teeth.

When I teach the Images unit of the Social Media Marketing Certificate Program, I encourage people to build their own library of stock images. I hate pictures of people writing backwards on glass windows; of perfectly balanced teams where everyone is dressed in color-coordinated clothes, where everyone had an orthodontist. “Take your own,” I tell […]

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Review: Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

I found this book in the store and read it right there in the aisle. All the way through. Put it back on the shelf thinking, “OK, I know that…” Walked away. Came back. Put the book in my shopping cart (nice bookstore, that, with a cart so you don’t have to lug your books […]

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Review: First Hundred Million: How To Sky Rocket Your Book Sales With Slam Dunk Titles

The First Hundred Million is a charming book, almost scary in its faith and innocence, written in 1927 with no idea that the financial end of the era was looming. You won’t skyrocket your own book’s sales using the titling information in this book–in that much, the one-star reviewer and I are in agreement. However: […]

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Review: Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money

It’s not really about “food and money,” it’s about money. However, I can understand that Geneen would link the two. I’ve followed her books on and off over my own path to whatever degree of enlightenment I have today; have had to chuckle at how each “next book” has revealed that the previous book had […]

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Review: Oster BLSTPB-WOR My Blend 250-Watt Blender, Orange (Kitchen)

Note: this is my most controversial review; the one that generated the most comments, and the most animated comments, of any I have written. Linking here so I can easily find the review when I talk about it in social media classes about writing product reviews. I am a bad cook. I am one of […]

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