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Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. Novak was one of the writers and executive producers of The Office, in which he also played Ryan Howard.
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Lost Connections
Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope
Johann Hari - 2019-12-03 (first published in 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety.Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was toldlike his entire gen...
B.J. Novak
2018-06-08T19:00:03.000Z
Three wonderful books I recommend that pertain to drug reform and depression – two issues in our minds this week – and some important connections between them: • Lost Connections by Johann Hari • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan      source
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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - 2019-05-14 (first published in 2018)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how LS...
B.J. Novak
2018-06-08T19:00:03.000Z
Three wonderful books I recommend that pertain to drug reform and depression – two issues in our minds this week – and some important connections between them: • Lost Connections by Johann Hari • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan      source
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Chasing the Scream
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Johann Hari - 2016-03-01 (first published in 2015)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIt is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths:...
B.J. Novak
2018-06-08T19:00:03.000Z
Three wonderful books I recommend that pertain to drug reform and depression – two issues in our minds this week – and some important connections between them: • Lost Connections by Johann Hari • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan      source
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What in God's Name
A Novel
Simon Rich - 2013-08-20 (first published in 2012)
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God decides to close up shop on Earth -- unless two idealistic angels can make a miracle happen Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as "God") has been phoning it in. Lately, he's been spending most of his time on the golf course. And w...
B.J. Novak
2012-08-03T19:00:39.000Z
Everyone read What In God's Name by Simon Rich if you want to read a great funny book      source
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Daily Rituals
Women at Work
Mason Currey - 2019-03-05
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More of Mason Currey's irresistible Daily Rituals, this time exploring the daily obstacles and rituals of women who are artists--painters, composers, sculptors, scientists, filmmakers, and performers. We see how these brilliant minds get to work, the choices they have to make: rebuffing convention, stealing (or secreting away) time from the pull of...
B.J. Novak
I love Daily Rituals. I'm demoralized by how great people start their day very early.      source
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Oxford Book of Aphorisms
John Gross - 2003-04-23 (first published in 1983)
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An aphorism is "a short pithy statement or maxim," but beneath this definition lies a wealth of wit and insight to which neither the word nor a brief description can do justice.This anthology demonstrates just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironie...
B.J. Novak
I love. It's just the most well-edited, brilliant one-liners from history and you can spend hours on a page or you can just flip through it.      source
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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Peter Biskind - 1999-04-04 (first published in 1998)
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This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers--Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty--and recreates an era that transformed American culture forever....
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Highly recommend it. About filmmaking in the glory days of the '70s.      source