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Follow the Nobodies (to maximize your own success)

7/17/2018
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Betting on the underdogs has its advantages. Following creators who are just starting out has similar advantages. Find out what those are in this episode of Better With Books! Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJCN3Mhr14 College Info Geek - https://collegeinfogeek.com John Fish - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Gmg-VtFmnP8qLq8V7Pvtg Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:07:33

Be a Curator, Not a Critic

7/10/2018
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There's so much stuff out there. How do we figure out which of it is worth our time and which is not? Take a listen and find out. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootzmac/ Blog: Rootz’s Blog: https://blogbyrootz.blogspot.com Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2 Anchor: https://anchor.fm/betterwithbooks RadioPublic:...

Duration:00:09:35

BONUS EPISODE - my wretched attempt at writing a poem

6/26/2018
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You may laugh at this one. I did. Not sure how I kept myself from laughing while reading my "poem". But it was an exercise based on what I learned from the last episode, and as such, it was a success. The last episode: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/poetry-is-difficult-why-we-pretend-to-get-it-how-to/id1293449772?i=1000414222827&mt=2 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootzmac/ Blog: Rootz’s Blog:...

Duration:00:02:28

Poetry Is Difficult: why we pretend to get it and how to actually get it

6/19/2018
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Let's stop pretending. For most of us, poetry is difficult to read and often even boring. But we still wish we could get it and join the ranks of those sophisticated, intellectual romantic types! Well, here's how. . . BOOK: Helping the Dreamer / Anne Waldman The Essential Classics Reading List - https://blogbyrootz.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-essential-classics-reading-list.html Some starter poems: Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe) - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44885/annabel-lee...

Duration:00:09:30

90 Years Later, We Still Haven’t Gotten It Right - Virginia Woolf Teaches Minimalism

5/29/2018
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A Room of One's Own is know for its feminist theme, not it's lessons on minimalism. But it does, in fact, hold a valuable lesson about how to live a happy, contented life. BOOK: A Room of One's Own / Virginia Woolf Never Enough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKEMBn_JdCE Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootzmac/ Blog: Rootz’s Blog: https://blogbyrootz.blogspot.com Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:07:00

We’ve Run Out of Excuses (also, capitalism isn’t flawless)

5/22/2018
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Individualism sounds like a good thing, right? But our society has forced us to idealize it while, at the same time, being bullied into being like everyone else, into fitting the mold. How do we live a life of true individualism? Listen to find out! BOOK: Fight Club / Chuck Palahniuk Shantell Martin - https://shantellmartin.art Fight Club - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36236124-fight-club?from_search=true How to Do What You Love - http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html How the Modern...

Duration:00:11:59

What to Do When You’re Not Qualified (but you really, really love it)

5/15/2018
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Turns out, you don't have to be good at something to (eventually) be successful at it. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootzmac/ Blog: Mind Think: https://mindthinkbyrootz.blogspot.com Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2 Anchor: https://anchor.fm/betterwithbooks RadioPublic: https://play.radiopublic.com/better-with-books-WwDRqy Stitcher:...

Duration:00:07:06

How To Be Prejudiced: a step-by-step guide

5/9/2018
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Turns out, it's really easy to become prejudiced. There are parts of our society, still, that are breeding grounds for these attitudes. . . In this episode, find out where prejudice and racism come from. And how to avoid it. BOOK: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult / https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28587957-small-great-things Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootzmac/ Blog: Mind Think:...

Duration:00:07:49

How to Protect Yourself from Yourself (and the News)- The problem with news and how we consume it

5/2/2018
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How is the news making us insecure and close-minded? What's wrong with 100% of all news sources? Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthrootz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootzmac/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betterwithbooks iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2

Duration:00:08:08

Modern-Day Magic - What does it take to tell stories?

4/20/2018
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What does it take to be a storyteller? What's the recipe for a good story? What's the secret to being successful, to being a skilled creator? Turns out, the answers are simple, if not exactly easy. Twitter: https://twitter.com/rootzmac SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betterwithbooks iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2

Duration:00:10:21

13 - The Future of Podcasts - interview with Ma'ayan Plaut from RadioPublic

2/21/2018
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What is a podcast librarian and will there be more of them in the future? Is podcasting on an upward trend? What does it take to be a great podcaster? Will there ever be too many podcasts? These questions and more, answered by Ma’ayan Plaut from RadioPublic! Ma’ayan Plaut’s website: http://maayanplaut.com RadioPublic: https://www.radiopublic.com Edison Research 2017: http://www.edisonresearch.com/the-podcast-consumer-2017/ Millenial: http://www.millennialpodcast.org Startup:...

Duration:00:23:52

12 - If Nationality Isn't Dead, It Should Be - A Thousand Suns

2/2/2018
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The term nationality is badly defined. It's also dangerous, so while we try and create a new definition for it, why don't we just discard it? Listen. I'll explain. I totally forgot to record an end segment for this episode, but you know what I'd say: get in touch with me on Twitter @rootzmac and, for favor, leave me a rating on iTunes. Twitter: https://twitter.com/rootzmac SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betterwithbooks iTunes:...

Duration:00:07:45

11 - Knowledge Is Power: Use It, Don't Abuse It - To Kill A Mockingbird

12/29/2017
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This is a micro-episode around a quote by Calpurnia from To Kill A Mockingbird: "It’s not necessary to tell all you know." Twitter: https://twitter.com/rootzmac SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betterwithbooks iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2

Duration:00:03:16

10 - How to argue, and the problem with today's politics. - The Unbearable Lightness of Being

11/30/2017
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera, can teach us a lot about how to break through the stalemate of today's political landscape. They key is to listen. Simple, yet not. Twitter: https://twitter.com/rootzmac SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betterwithbooks iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-with-books/id1293449772?mt=2

Duration:00:05:28

8 - The timelessness of Flatland, the cure for racism and sexism

11/9/2017
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Edwin A. Abbott’s timeless (and timely) novella should strike a chord. Here's what Flatland can do for our society today. . .

Duration:00:05:25

7 - SPECIAL - What makes for good dialogue? What makes for good stories?

10/26/2017
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Special Episode! No specific book talked about in this one. Instead, I talk about what makes for good dialogue, both in books and movies. Pacing and Character: The Social Network - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlXwTxpC6u0 No adverbs: Toni Morrison, #7 - https://litreactor.com/columns/top-10-authors-who-write-great-dialogue Authentic: Steinbeck, #9 - https://litreactor.com/columns/top-10-authors-who-write-great-dialogue Concise: Hemmingway quote near bottom -...

Duration:00:07:34

6 - Your only obligation is to yourself. Pursue your dreams, and the rest really will follow.

10/20/2017
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In this episode I show you how The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is a book that does the impossible mission of giving all the advice any of us will ever need, all within a small novel.

Duration:00:06:47

4 - What is real beauty? What do we all have in common? - Behind The Beautiful Forevers

10/11/2017
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In this episode my sister, Sharon, and I discuss the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Duration:00:14:09

3 - WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PASSION?! - So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal Newport

10/7/2017
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What if you're like me and you don't have a passion-with-a-capital-p to follow? Then this message, and the book I talk about (So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport), is for you.

Duration:00:04:39

2 - Becoming A Writer

10/5/2017
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In this first episode I talk about the book that made me the student and thinker I am today: Becoming a Writer, by Dorthea Brande. I describe how Brande's ideas can make us more productive in all areas of our lives.

Duration:00:04:14