Jon Finkel

The 15 Most Memorable Books I Read in 2016

Why most memorable? Because “best” and “top” in my opinion aren’t really helpful when it comes to book recommendations. Some books make an impact. Some don’t. These did. As you’ll see, many of these books were not published this year. A few were holdovers from last year that I never got to and a few more were books that I’ve always wanted to read that …

This is Why I Failed the 30-Day Sardine Challenge

For starters, screw the slimy little fish darts. To hell with their goopy guts and stringy spines and silvery, slippery skin. I don’t care how many Omega-3 fatty acids they have or about their healthy calcium content or even that they’re loaded with protein. Doesn’t matter to me that they’re good for your skin and your hair or that Tim Ferriss is a huge advocate. I …

Politicians Suck at Wearing Baseball Hats – I Examine Why

I’m going to borrow one of President Obama’s favorite verbal tics and open with this statement: let me be perfectly clear, this is NOT a feature about politics or policy or politicians’ policies. It’s about baseball hats. I don’t care what you think politically and I’m confident you don’t care what I think. What I’m concerned with here is the disturbing and overwhelming inability of …

How Stephen King’s Books Saved Me From Being a Literary Loser

The Gunslinger

It began with picking up a used copy of The Gunslinger in Dave’s Olde Book Shop in Manhattan Beach all those years ago. Cool title. Cool cover. Or maybe it really began the first time I saw the boring-but-since-it-was-Stephen-King creepy cover of Misery. It could even have truly started with the It cover that used to scare the crap out of me as a kid, but at a critical point …