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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 …

My Unbeatable Case for Why ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ is the #1 Workout Song of All Time

LL Cool J

Written by: Jon Finkel THAT OPEN Don’t call it a comeback!!!*  Oh, man. Has there ever been a more definitive, powerful declaration to start a song? Ever? Have the first five words of a song ever been sung with more anger/purpose/built-up rage? Have the first five words of a song ever said so much in so few syllables? “Don’t call it a comeback!” is concise …

My Band of Brothers Extended Reading and Viewing List

Band of Brothers

Written By: Jon Finkel If you haven’t read Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose make it the next book on your list. I could write 2,000 words on why it belongs in the pantheon of books on men, war, US history, history in general, leadership, friendship, and on and on… But I won’t. Honestly, the back cover description of the book itself still gives …