For the SK fans out there...

I found some old Stephen King online (from archive.org).  Well, actually 'young' Stephen King, just an old video.  It's from 1982, from him speaking at the University of Dayton.  If you've been to a Stephen King event before, this is kind of the same format.  He talks about some things, reads (in this case, The Reach), and answers some questions.  It's over 1 1/2 hours long, but is a must for any SK fan. :)

The Raven (read by James Earl Jones)

While there are what seems to be a million different readings of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, on YouTube, this is by far my favorite.  There are other videos of this reading that don't include background music, or have different songs (some are just plain silly, I mean Wiz Khalifa???). 

Anyway, with or without the music, it's perfect (just like the story itself), but I like the haunting music behind this version.  It doesn't overpower the voice.  The visuals are OK, but for the best effect, dig out your Edgar Allan Poe book, or go here, and follow along.  You'll be left in a daze afterwards, from the sheer beauty.  Enjoy!

 
 

I said I read you...

What a great way to promote Audible!  Take a Michael Bolton song, and redo it (with Michael Bolton)!  This is marketing at its best! :)  I use Audible, I listen to Michael Bolton (although not as much as I used to years ago), so I found it hilarious and perfect at the same time.  If you haven't seen it yet, here you go (below).  Also, if you don't use Audible, give it a try.  You have nothing to lose, and if a book really sucks, you can return it and get your money/credit back.  I used to listen to podcasts on the way 'to and from' work everyday, and I do admit that I miss them, but Audible has pretty much taken over my cars sound system at this point.  Here's the link to Audible, if you want to try it (and no, it's not a link for me to make money, but just a direct link).  I'm not into that sneaky 'make money off a click' type stuff', so anything that you ever open here, sends you directly to the page, with no benefit to myself, other than knowing that you'll like what you find. :)

Acid Test

I just finished this today.  What an incredible book.  I'm still stunned....  You'll also find my Goodreads review under the Reading category, in the menu above (Books I've Read).

Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to HealAcid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal by Tom Shroder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I could give this book six stars, I would. It's easily one of the best things that I've read in a very long time. Incredible from beginning to end. The book covers everything from not only LSD and MDMA, but also Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Mescaline, even breathwork (Michael & Stan), and all of the studies, research, and tests done on each. Personally, I find it a shame that each have found their way into the list of Schedule 1 drugs (except breath work, or course), while possibly holding the answers for many mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, just to name a few.

Back to the book though. It is very well researched and written. Written to the point that you almost feel like you're having a conversation directly with the author, Tom Shroder, and the other people that he researched for the book (Michael, Rick, and Nick). I especially fell in love with the parts of the book about Nick and the pain that he went through as a Marine, in combat, and the agony that he brought back home. I was happy to see that he was finally able to receive the help that he so desperately needed, but at the same time, he's still damaged and always will be. Another casualty of war.

Hat's off to Rick for his never-ending, year after year persistence to fight for what he believes in, and also Annie & Michael for the research that have helped countless lives.

Fighting my own mental illness issues, I found everything about this book enlightening, enough so, that I'm now interested in university research trials for my own obstacles that I'm forced to deal with on a daily basis, instead of pumping endless 'big-named' pharmaceuticals into my body, day after day (for what may be the rest of my life). Maybe the answer lies somewhere else, and this book has empowered me to seek possible alternatives that may hold the solution that many are looking for.

Thanks Tom, for such an outstanding and eye-opening book. This has changed my life and given me hope that I may one day find what I thoroughly need.

Happy birthday, Edgar!

Edgar Allan Poe

Happy birthday, Edgar!  You would have been 209 years old today.  I wish you were still here.  40 years just wasn’t enough, but you accomplished so much!  I have two full sleeves of tattoos dedicated to your stories, along with my back, and part of my lower leg (and I'm not sure what next).  Now, that’s what I call a fan, or maybe just crazy, but I’m fine with being called both.  You were the best!

I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.
— Edgar Allan Poe

Scrappy Little Nobody

I just finished reading this today.  I really liked it.  Just like The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck, I bought a signed copy of this book also.  My Goodreads review is below.

 Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick

 My signed copy! :)

My signed copy! :)

Scrappy Little NobodyScrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FOOTNOTE! :) I only use 'footnote' at the beginning of my review, because she shouts the word every time. It's actually pretty cute. As well as some of the other shouting she does throughout. This book was surprisingly funny, well written, and just all around fun. I shouldn't really say 'surprisingly', Anna knows what she's doing.

As with other autobiographies of this type, I'm typically a bit bored during the beginning, with the childhood stories and memories. Some were useful in the book though, because it gave you a better idea of how Anna's career started (without being a sleepfest). Still though, the book got better as I got deeper into it. I didn't realize how much of a struggle she went through, even after landing some decent size movie roles. I'm happy for Anna. She's came a long way since those early days. I liked how she openly she talked about sex, some drug use, and just everything else that makes someone who they are. She lets it all hang out and isn't afraid to discuss anything. She definitely doesn't leave a 'chapter unturned' (sorry, I just had to say that LOL).

I think any Anna fans out there would love the book. It's well worth the read.