A short series of daredevil tricks and stunts to fight the IRS; use at your own risk.

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How I beat Satan...and the I.R.S.

VOLUME TWO

From the One Freeman's War series

Emery (One Freeman’s War, 2015) explains his struggles with—and victories against—the Internal Revenue Service.

In this brief book, Emery’s subject is a perennially contentious one: taxes—specifically, how to avoid paying them. Emery wastes no time in his brief book blaming the IRS for about as much “chaos, pain, destruction, suffering and even death” as any other institution in the world. He even likens it to Satan; indeed, he says they’re inextricably linked. As such, Emery applies a veneer of religiosity, including Scripture, to his tips and tricks about dodging and countering the IRS. But what he’s mainly concerned with is teaching his readers to use the government’s own intricate rules and procedures against it. He advises sending a “filing statement” in lieu of a 1040 tax form, for instance, or establishing a paper trail of your “good faith” intention to obey the law, thereby depriving the government of the ability to prove your bad faith: “I exempted myself from being drawn into court and because I have never received any information to the contrary from the IRS about my averments…they stand as fact and I am free! What’s for lunch?” In quick, engaging chapters, he briefly sketches arcana such as the Code of Federal Regulations— “a virtual playground for truth seekers and trouble makers like me”—and the “acceptance of value” loopholes in connection with the Uniform Commercial Code. Throughout his book, he stresses the “fun” of the subject, but he also stresses that he himself is not an attorney and that nothing in his book should be construed as legal advice. Wise advice, because he’s absolutely correct about the IRS’ ability to ruin lives and its short temper when provoked. As he points out, jails are full of people who’ve advocated schemes like the ones he’s describing. As a hypothetical, though, his argument makes lively speculative reading.

A short series of daredevil tricks and stunts to fight the IRS; use at your own risk.

Pub Date: June 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-692-44351-4

Page Count: 72

Publisher: PCF World Mission LLC

Review Posted Online: July 30, 2015

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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