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Category: You May Want to Rethink That

Are Gratuitous Potshots Considered Kind?

In a recent article on The Huffington Post called “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps,” Kate Bartolotta writes compellingly under this provocative headline about what’s important in life. It’s a good read. Among my favorites – ‘let people in’ and ‘practice gratitude.’ But the writer (or maybe more like the keen-eyed editor) who lives within me stopped short on one line in the second step, which encourages us to ‘Be happy now.’ “Not because of some shiny happy Oprah crap,” Bartolotta writes.   My Unfettered Advice: Your work is...

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Here’s What Your Readers Really Need, Jeff

No one could argue that Jeff Bezos has it going on when it comes to business sense and enormous vision. According to a recent article in The Washington Post – which he is about to own – he built Amazon.com from “a start-up in 1995 to an Internet colossus with $61 billion in sales last year.” It’s only logical that Bezos wants to apply what he’s learned to this new venture in the media landscape. “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first....

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Bill, Maybe Consider Possibilianism?

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander is No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list as I write this and is in its 37th week on the list overall. This fact irks Bill Maher, who on his recent Real Time show lumped in Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon who had a near-death experience, with a string of politicians who have made headlines for saying factually incorrect things in the political arena. Maher used the term “smart-stupid” to characterize people who are anti-intellectual with advanced degrees (i.e., Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, Phil Gingrey) and called it a phenomenon. He...

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This ‘Law of Attraction’ Could Use Some Work

Andrew Gold: Right before you married Christie Brinkley, you dated Elle Macpherson. And later you married Katie Lee, also a young, very beautiful woman. Do you think your relationship with female beauty is any different from any other red-blooded American male? Billy Joel: A lot of guys are just too intimidated to even ask them out, but I had a great way to meet people. People are just interested in you because you’re a rock star. O.K. Some guys use a car. Some guys have a cute dog. I’m a rock star. That’s who I am, what I do. What’s wrong...

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