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Reading List: The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick

The Nerdist Way by Chris HardwickI’m not sure what made me pick up Chris Hardwick’s 2011 book The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) on a whim a few weeks ago. Up until a few years ago, I knew Hardwick as the guy who hosted the MTV show Singled Out and that was back in the mid-90s (and now I feel kinda old). Having missed things like the PBS show Wired Science and something called Shipmates, except for catching him in Terminator 3, he was off my radar until he popped up on The Soup to promote his own show Web Soup. That wasn’t long before this book came out, but I had no idea it existed. I’m sorry I didn’t find it sooner because it’s really good.

The Nerdist Way is part memoir and part self-help. Hardwick chronicles his difficulties after his success on Singled Out. For a period of several years Hardwick let his life spiral out of control, saw his career go nowhere, and developed a drinking problem. What’s cool about this book is how honest he is about his mistakes. Most of us don’t like to remind ourselves about where we screwed up, let alone tell the whole world about it. In addition to detailing where he went wrong, Hardwick is very attuned to how he turned his life around and that’s where the self-help aspect of this book comes in.

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Reading List: ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ by Stephen King

Format: Paperback

It’s hard for me to believe I waited so long to read Stephen King’s OnStephen King On Writing Writing.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read, it’s just that I kept putting if off – though it was first published in 2000, so waiting 14 years is pretty bad.

I inherited my copy from my mom. It’s funny that my mom read it because I don’t remember her reading that many Stephen King books. I, on the other hand, have been reading Stephen King since I was in fifth grade (note: it’s easy to get your grandmother to buy you Firestarter when there is a picture of Drew Barrymore on the cover).

At the time she was reading it my mom told me of King’s accounts of his struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse. This may have put me off a bit because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about that.

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