In this debut collection of short essays, Hicks presents ideas for focusing on goals. This brief book is full of clarity-inducing concepts that aim to bring one’s purpose into focus. The author begins by positing that one must first visualize a desired outcome before embarking on a journey to find belief in oneself, achievement and inspiration. The book’s four sections emerge from these main principles. Along the way, Hicks explains various key concepts, such as the importance of finding a passion instead of a job. In the “Achievement” section, the author discusses setting goals and backtracking to re-examine previous roadblocks and obstacles: “Reflect on the quantity of goals you are currently pursuing. How many are realistic for you?” Learning how to say no and set boundaries, he argues, are important parts of the journey to success. These and other ideas have the feel of conventional wisdom, as Hicks guides readers through explanations of why such simple concepts can sometimes be difficult to live by. After all, he notes, the average person’s life is riddled with failures, disappointments and unanticipated surprises that impede success. But as Hicks explains, opportunity is born of disappointment and is sometimes hidden behind expectations. Overall, the book tightly confines each major idea to one page, making it perfect to crack open for a quick reminder of a time-tested lesson. One of the book’s more poignant aspects is its treatment of failure: “Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.” Concise statements like these will ring true for a wide audience seeking universal concepts of wellness. A well-organized, concise and positive book about achieving desired outcomes.
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").