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    The Best Books I Read In 2015

    Original Review It takes a lot for me to seriously consider reading a book a second time, and this is one of them. This book is written for people like me. The girl knows how to write comedy. It’s hard to express that in a book form, without the benefits of timing, but she does it. Everytime I remember the book, I get warm fuzzies. It’s like a hero’s journey — humble origins, a call to adventure, rejection of that call, supernatural aid (the internet), transformation, an abyss, atonement, and return. And like Wil Wheaton, she’s not afraid to open a vein, because she knows talking about it helps others.…

  • mike daisey the agony and ecstasy of steve jobs

    Mike Daisey and the Uncanny Valley of Fiction

    I recently became a fan of “This American Life” and finally got to listen to the “Retraction” episode (see reference). Long story short, they ran a excerpt from Mike Daisey’s theatrical monologue about visiting China’s Apple factories. Afterwards, there was fact-checking, and it turned out a number of Daisey’s purported experiences (guards with guns, 12-year-old workers, underground unions meeting at Starbucks) could not be corroborated. This fascinates me because I love TAL’s documentary nature, and it’s so rare for a journalistic organization to admit they made a mistake. But not only that, TAL dedicated an entire episode to it, and gave everyone a chance to make a statement. When Daisey…