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December 2015

American Literature Book List

  • Ben Franklin, Autobiography
  • Washington Irving, (essay) “The Angler”)
  • William Cullen Bryant (selected poems)
  • Frederick Douglass, Narrative
  • Edgar Allan Poe, (short story) “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (selected poems)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Walt Whitman, (selected poems from Leaves of Grass
  • Bret Harte, (short story) “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”
  • Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar, (selected poems)
  • Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
  • Emily Dickinson, (selected poems)
  • Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Autobiography Class Book List

  • Jim Lehrer, A Bus of My Own
  • Sergei Kourdakov, The Persecutor
  • Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
  • Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery
  • Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
  • Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain
  • George Washington Plunkitt, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
  • Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
  • Geronimo, My Life
  • Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Frederick Douglas, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself
  • Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Written By Himself

Business Class Book List

  • Harry Browne, Secret of Selling Anything
  • Michael Masterson, The Pledge
  • George S. Clason, Richest Man in Babylon
  • Richard Koch, 16x
  • Richard Koch, Living the 80/20 Way
  • Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Chris Guillebeau, $100 Start-Up
  • Claude Hopkins, Scientific Advertising
  • Mark Joyner, Irresistible Offer
  • Schwab, How to Write a Good Advertisement
  • William Volker, Anonymous

A Never Ending Pit

Buying on debt is generally a terrible choice. The exceptions are when you are buying something that will help you make more money than it will cost you, or when you are buying with a credit card but you always pay off your credit card every month. In the latter case, although you are technically buying on debt, the debt doesn’t compound, which is the actual problem with debt. For the rest of the essay, I will not consider debt which doesn’t compound as debt. Continue reading “A Never Ending Pit”

Writing Dialog from Memory

The most important thing in writing dialogue from memory is accuracy, at least to some degree. There are two reasons to write dialogue from memory: to inform or to amuse. If you intend to inform and you misinterpret the main idea, you are not being accurate or informing. If you intend to amuse and you misquote, the dialogue will likely be far less amusing and may no longer amuse at all. On the other hand, you must not bore your readers. If the precise words would bore your readers, or just not make sense, quotation may not be the best approach. However, getting the main idea across would still be your goal. Continue reading “Writing Dialog from Memory”

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