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post #4816 of 5699
I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged. As a small business owner, something in the book resonates very deeply with me. The cases that have given me the biggest headaches and the most stress are usually cases where I am trying to "help" someone out and I cut my fees for them. This has caused huge problems and I no longer cut fees for anyone (I might do a case for free for a close family member, but for those cases, I don't expect any kind of payment). At the very least, this book is helping to explain why that sort of thing happens and how it happens more broadly than just in my own little business.
post #4817 of 5699

Currently in the middle of the Steve Jobs biography.  It's a roller coaster of love and hate for the man.

post #4818 of 5699

Currently in the middle of the Steve Jobs biography.  It's a roller coaster of love and hate for the man.

post #4819 of 5699
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Originally Posted by odoreater View Post

I am currently reading Atlas Shrugged. As a small business owner, something in the book resonates very deeply with me. The cases that have given me the biggest headaches and the most stress are usually cases where I am trying to "help" someone out and I cut my fees for them. This has caused huge problems and I no longer cut fees for anyone (I might do a case for free for a close family member, but for those cases, I don't expect any kind of payment). At the very least, this book is helping to explain why that sort of thing happens and how it happens more broadly than just in my own little business.


I know what you mean, man. I do a certain amount of pro bono work each year, and those cases are invariably the most annoying. When the client isn't paying they don't think a bit about unlimited phone calls asking every question they can think of. A paying client would adjust his/her phone call schedule after seeing the first bill.

I'll continue to do pro bono work, as I feel it is an ethical requirement of our profession I do make decisions about which pro bono clients to take. If the person looks like an annoyance when he/she first comes in then out the door.
post #4820 of 5699
Thanks to a thread here, I am completely engrossed in...

post #4821 of 5699
I downloaded on my kindle a bunch of Algernon Blackwood short novels and stories last week for free, and have really been enjoying them each evening before bed. There are many, but I especially recommend "The Wendigo," "The Willows," and some of his short story collections.

Obviously, they're not Tolstoy, but still they are fun and relaxing.
post #4822 of 5699
Ended up starting Railsea instead. So far so good.

post #4823 of 5699
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post

I downloaded on my kindle a bunch of Algernon Blackwood short novels and stories last week for free, and have really been enjoying them each evening before bed. There are many, but I especially recommend "The Wendigo," "The Willows," and some of his short story collections.
Obviously, they're not Tolstoy, but still they are fun and relaxing.

Pretty cool, but, why am I not able to find all of his stories compiled into one epub or mobi? Quite easy to find everything by Poe or Lovecraft stuffed into one file.
post #4824 of 5699
The description of dinner at the French Laundry is worth the whole read alone.

post #4825 of 5699
just started Dennis johnsons Jesus' Son. hard hitting shorts.

Also read TC Boyles " Birnam Wood" short in the new yorker from a couple weeks ago. so good.
read here
post #4826 of 5699
Read the Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Interesting to see what has changed in meat packing in the past 100 years and what hasn't, and how it's still regarded as one of the worst jobs in the US. Of course I'm not quite sure how historically accurate it was. The ending was socialist propaganda and almost ruined the book. I was planning to read Oil! by Upton as well, (because of the excellent film adaptation There Will Be Blood) but now I don't want to.
post #4827 of 5699
Upton Sinclair was a Socialist, and The Jungle lead to the Meat Inspection and Pure Food and Drug Acts of 1906. Along that vein, try Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B Traven

Also check out Steinbeck. For the Anti-Socialist message, I loved Tobacco Road by Caldwell. Hilarious.
post #4828 of 5699
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Very creative, but the characters aren't nearly as strong as those in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I'm enjoying it well enough but I really don't see myself being able to follow this series through 10 books or whatever there are.
post #4829 of 5699
I also picked up a couple of bound volumes from The Sandman at Half Price Books. Preludes & Nocturnes and Brief Lives. I read these years ago but they hold up really well. Definitely the best comic series ever IMO.
post #4830 of 5699
If you want some shit fantasy that will make even Terry Brooks shine by comparison, try Fred Saberhagen's Book of Swords. It's like a 12 year old wrote the series. Hell the entire second book is a dungeon crawl.
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