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"Jim Carroll has the sure confidence of a true artist....He is steeped in his craft. He had worked as only a man of inspiration is capable of working...His beginning is a triumph."
This book was originally published in 1973, and was the first aboveground publication of Jim Carroll's work in poetry. He shows uncanny virtuosity. His power and poison are reminisent to Arthur Rimbaud, and one of the strongest forfeiting books of poems in the New York period. In language he deals with his pains and pleasures: The city, love, hope, rebellion, menacing, and friendship. These poems emerge in the manical city, Jim Carroll is not afraid to push the edge, he has transformed from a New York street punk to a litural artist.
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After only reading an article about the writer and the story, I decided to buy his book. My title up there is similar to what Jim wrote when he signed my book. The author himself seems very nice, down to earth, and a writer who just loves to write. I learned a lot sitting there listening to Jim talk about his experiences in his effort to have the book published.
I loved this book because it drew me in and I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to know the main character more and more, and I related to him so well. He overdoses on nostalgia, and he could have easily been a real person.
Another reason I liked this so much is all the references to Boston, and other Massachusetts pop culture references. It is nice to read about things that are so close to home for me. That is a rare thing.
"Looking for Wes Carroll" is an easy to read and follow novel about the very down to earth and likable Max Clark. Max lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. His best friend since the beginning of college, Peter Sullivan, has his own life falling down a sprial staircase, and Max, being the good buddy that he always was to all his college friends, tries to aid Peter back to health.
I don't want to say too much about what goes on. Max is a wonderfully written character that you will hate saying good bye to. I am glad I bought this so I can go back and visit.
This is a very well written story, sad at times,(I cried several times), and has it's happier moments as well. A lot like life itself, "Looking for Wes Carroll" is a novel about living, enjoying life, remembering our good times in life, road trips, and moving on and looking ahead to a bright future.
I highly recommend reading this, especially to readers from the same area as me.
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...Selling Online consists of nine chapters, some short, and others 100 to 150 pages long. The first asks 23 tough questions that e-merchants should answer before setting up an online store. Too many small businesses go online with unrealistic expectations and flimsy business plans. These questions will help prospective e-tailers avoid disaster by grappling ahead of time with the opportunities and obstacles of e-commerce...
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Page 20 says IBM developed "a lush bureaucracy that prided itself on having a higher ratio of managers per employee than any other business around." Is this what they teach in business school? IBM's chairmen came from the sales force; if you can't sell it, there's no point in making it. The IBM PC was created from off-the-shelf parts so it could be quickly marketed; pre-defined interfaces too! Page 24 tells how Microsoft did an operating system: they licensed QDOS (a replica of CP/M), then bought it. It eventually made Gates the richest man in America.
Page 27 tells of the management problem in creating software. Architects spent months producing detailed designs for software. Then masses of programmers had a hard time deciphering the hundreds of pages of specifications. More time was spent in communicating than actually writing code! Isn't this a recipe for a project to be over budget and behind schedule? Estridge's habit of shunning meetings, not returning phone call, and ignoring unwanted advice could set an example of a well-ordered project manager who concentrates on the mission, not the housekeeping. Page 37 explains why standards for PCs began at birth.
Page 53 mentions the "fear of nuclear attack" as the reason for moving out of New York city. But other companies also moved out in the 1970s; the fear of a nuclear attack drained away after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Didn't IBM build a skyscraper in the 1980s only to sell it in the 1990s? Didn't AT&T do the same?
Page 87 tells how Gates got lucky when VisiCorp began to self-destruct. Those familiar with counter-intelligence operations may think of another reason (p.192). Page 97 says IBM never wanted to have too many people in one spot. Unstated here is the fear that nearly all could walk out to a new company (p.186). Page 101 tells that IBM used lines of code as a measure of programming; what did IBM use to measure its management? Microsoft rewrote IBM code to make it faster and smaller, then; how are they doing now? The last pages of Chapter 8 deal with the OS/2-Windows politics. There is no explanation as to why they didn't share the same application interface. Page 201 tells of developing a RISC chip; didn't CDC do this in the early 1960s? Page 208 describes the chip development problem in Burlington VT. Page 217 mentions the "golden screwdriver" and how quickly some machines were upgraded. Think ahead!
Pages 245-7 tell of the PS/1 project: crippled so it would not compete with PS/2. Would General Motors restrict the sale of Chevrolets to sell more Cadillacs? Page 281 suggests Microsoft moles reported on IBM's strategies. Pages 301-9 tell of the changes in Lexington under new owners. In political history, this is like a revolution that sweeps away the aristocracy and lets the farmers and merchants rise to power. Does the description of the IBM bureaucracy remind you of France before the Revolution? Will anyone write a book to cover the last ten years as well as this one does?
Luckily, IBM has pulled itself out, but at what cost? Imagine if IBM had got the PC revolution right? There might not even be a Microsoft today and IBM could have retaken its position as THE corporate super-power.
Besides discussing poor management, I enjoyed the information and great anecdotes about IBM's relationship with Bill Gates and Microsoft. I cannot believe the number of opportunities IBM squandered to acquire, invest or eliminate Microsoft. It seems that IBM pratically pushed Gates to build Microsoft into the power it is today.
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