I will never call myself a ‘cancer survivor’ because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There’s this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become ‘survivors.’ Well, the ones who don’t survive may be just as brave, just as courageous, wonderful people and I don’t feel that I have any leg up on them.
Title: Never Have I Ever
Author: Katie Heaney
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central publishing
Format: RC provided by publisher
"I’ve been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face."
So begins Katie Heaney’s memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend … and she’s barely even been on a second date. (Goodreads)
Katie Heaney’s Never Have I Ever is witty, fun, and charming. Katie has a way of connecting with her readers through her writing by providing personal anecdotes, confessions, and even revealing some secrets. Readers can relate to Katie’s triumphs and failures because at one point or another all of us have been (or will be) in the same shoes. The heartbreaks, the crushes, the insecurities—Katie shows her readers that they are not alone. As a matter of fact IT IS OKAY to fell lost, afraid, confused, and even angry about love and life because there isn’t a single answer of a manual for that. Never Have I Ever is laugh-out-loud funny! This is a must read for anyone looking for an insightful and entertaining novel full of humor and honesty.
This excerpt from my book, THiNGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME, is a story of an apprenticeship turned friendship that taught me a powerful lesson.
Twitter & Jelly Co-Founder has written a book about the power of creativity and how to harness it through stories from his remarkable life and career—and it’s out today. Read a story from THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME on .
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The boys at the bottom
Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose (Grand Central Publishing, $27).
Kevin Roose is really good at immersion journalism. A few years back, he went undercover for a semester at Liberty University (The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, Grand Central Publishing, $14), where he snagged the last interview Jerry Falwell gave before his death.
The thing that made The Unlikely Disciple stand out—and that works in Young Money, as well—is that Roose has a lot of empathy for his subjects, which leads him to eschew caricature and instead paint full and human portraits of the people he’s writing about.
In this case, it’s the new guys: The fresh crop of finance and economics graduates who take their place as the fresh faces in the big Wall Street firms each year.
Roose followed the first year as financial analysts of eight young men. What he discovered is that their lives pretty much sucked. Their ambition is counter-balanced by overwork, excessive drinking, and awful bosses who think being unnecessarily hard on their youngest employees will allow them to “prove themselves” able to climb the ladder.
They also become corrupted by what is, any way you slice it and obvious from Roose’s account, a truly, disturbingly sick environment. The most important part of Roose’s book is to make clear that Wall Street doesn’t just attract all the wannabe-Gordon Geckos. It recruits bright young financial minds and turns them into Gordon Gecko through a process of dehumanization that warps their perspectives and their ethics.
What’s more, the pressures on Wall Street firms since the 2008 meltdown have resulted in ramped-up stress on the lowest level of Wall Street financiers. Now, they have to prove they can both make money and fit into the club and they have to do it fast.
Roose is one of the submersion guys who’s really worth reading, and this is an intriguing book, revealing that Wall Street has the same kind of lock-step mindset he earlier found at Liberty University.
And don’t miss Roose’s undercover visit to a Wall Street party—which revealed just what they really think of the rest of us—which was adapted for this New York Magazine piece, “I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society.”
I realize the value of emotional investment. You know in your heart something’s worth pursuing; you’re not sure exactly why, but it doesn’t matter. Success isn’t guaranteed, but failure is certain if you aren’t truly emotionally invested in your work.
Entrepreneurs need to take pride in their mistakes, because otherwise it’s impossible to succeed, said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
"Failure is great," said Stone, who co-founded the microblogging site in 2006 with Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass and Evan Williams. "It’s really scary, but it’s totally worth it, because you can’t succeed at these exponential levels until you dramatically fail."
One failure of his own: Starting a company that allowed people to send broadcasts to iPods. “We thought we were geniuses, and it turns out it was called podcasting and people were already doing it,” Stone said, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Twitter Friday: #BeyonceBooks
Listen, everyone! The countdown is over, and I’m about to ring the alarm and officially start this party!
I’m sure when I first mentioned the imminent #BeyonceBooks, some of you thought I was a beautiful liar. You said to yourself, “A Beyonce-themed hashtag is the best thing I never had. This must be too good to be true.”
Well, it’s true. And not to stroke my own ego or sound like a diva, but I think this kind of creative hashtagging only proves how irreplaceable I am. I’m basically flawless. I mean, I’m no angel from heaven with a halo or anything—but I pretty much run the world. Of Twitter, that is.
You know the drill. #BeyonceBooks. Some examples, once again:
- Drunk in Love in the Time of Cholera #BeyonceBooks
- To the Lighthouse, to the Lighthouse. Everything You Own in the Box to the Lighthouse. #BeyonceBooks
- A Midsummer Night’s Dreamgirls #BeyonceBooks
- Little Independent Women #BeyonceBooks
- Fantastic Mr. Foxy Cleopatra #BeyonceBooks
- Naughty Girl with the Dragon Tattoo #BeyonceBooks
- The Fellowship of Ring the Alarm #BeyonceBooks
- A Single Lady #BeyonceBooks
- Sweet Dreams or Beautiful Nightmares from My Father #BeyonceBooks
- Oh Say Can You Yon-say? #BeyonceBooks
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Grown Woman #BeyonceBooks
- The Say-My-Namesake by Jumpin’, Jumpin’ Lahiri #BeyonceBooks
- Eat, Pray, Love on Top #BeyonceBooks
- Queen Bey and Wannabes #BeyonceBooks
If you need inspiration, get out your video phone and watch this. So…yeah. That’s all I guess. Drunk in love partition baby boy!