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Books for Men

English, Arts, 1 season, 194 episodes, 2 days, 11 hours, 13 minutes
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Hi, I’m Doug. I’m a man who reads (quite a bit.) Books for Men is a podcast to inspire (more) men to read and bring together men who do. Whether you like fiction, nonfiction, literary, commercial, self-help, memoir, whatever—I got something for you. Newbie or vet, man or woman, doesn't matter. I read enough to make this show relevant for you. Visit BooksforMen.org to sign up for The Books for Men Newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast. *This podcast was formerly known as It’s Not What It Seems, an interview show featuring conversations with thought-leading nonfiction authors and an audio diary for Douglas Vigliotti. It was rebranded as of July 25, 2022.
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#194 | Special Edition: The Art of Reading Like a Writer

🎙 In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti shares five key questions to help you read like a writer. From novels to memoirs, these story and writing questions will deepen your appreciation and understanding of any work fiction or nonfiction. Learn the difference between fans, critics, and writers, and discover the importance of a protagonist’s journey, narrative layers, point of view and tense, writing styles, and the ever-important aspect of believability.✓ Sign up for the monthly newsletter at BooksforMen.org.⚡️ Connect with the host on Instagram @douglasvigliotti or learn more about him at DouglasVigliotti.com.⭐️ Please consider sharing "Books for Men" with other men who enjoy reading, or subscribing and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Either goes a long way in helping new listeners find the show and inspire (more) men to read!🎧 Listen to Douglas Vigliotti's other podcast: Slightly Crooked: Good Stories, Told Well.
5/20/202420 minutes, 29 seconds
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#193 | From Despair to Hope: One Man's Journey to Mental Health, and How to Reduce the Stigma of Depression in Men

🎙 In this episode of Books for Men, host Douglas Vigliotti delves into the dark and powerful memoir "Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness" by William Styron. With raw honesty, Styron recounts his harrowing battle with major depression, shedding light on the often unseen and misunderstood nature of mental health issues. Through his gripping account, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the importance of addressing and supporting mental health awareness in ourselves and others.✓ Sign up for the monthly newsletter at BooksforMen.org.⚡️ Connect with the host on Instagram @douglasvigliotti or learn more about him at DouglasVigliotti.com.⭐️ Please consider sharing "Books for Men" with other men who enjoy reading, or subscribing and rating on your favorite podcast platform. Either goes a long way in helping new listeners find the show and inspire (more) men to read!🎧 Listen to Douglas Vigliotti's other podcast: Slightly Crooked: Good Stories, Told Well.
5/13/202414 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sugar Street | Jonathan Dee

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book Sugar Street by Jonathan Dee. The book is a piece of literary fiction and follows an unnamed protagonist who is on the run, trying to escape his past. He has $168,000 in cash and is trying to avoid human interaction and leaving a digital footprint. The book explores themes of identity, shame, and guilt. Vigliotti praises the book's economical prose and thought-provoking quotes. He also discusses the appeal of small-stakes stories and the question of whether it is possible to escape one's true self. Vigliotti encourages listeners to share the podcast and subscribe to support the initiative.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
5/6/20249 minutes, 54 seconds
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April '24 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti begins by thanking listeners for their support, encouraging them to share the podcast with others and subscribe to help spread awareness. He then mentions the trailer for season two of another podcast called Slightly Crooked: Good Stories, Told Well, which will feature his 2021 poem collection. Moving on to the recap for April 2024, Vigliotti discusses the four episodes released that month. Two nonfiction books were featured: The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, which explores strategies for ruling and conquering new lands, and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, a writing reference book that emphasizes taking things step by step. The only fiction book was Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman, a classic crime novel about an ex-con involved in a drug trafficking scheme. The final episode of the month was a Special Edition called "How to Read More," where the host shares three strategies for reading more books. Vigliotti expresses that he looks forward to creating more Special Edition episodes. He concludes by reminding listeners to visit the website for full transcripts and to sign up for the newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
4/29/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bird by Bird | Anne Lamott

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. He shares that this is one of his favorite writing reference books and praises its blend of inspiration, philosophy, and techniques for writers. Vigliotti highlights the core concept of taking things "bird by bird," as in step by step, spotlighting the importance of taking small actions over time. He also discusses the idea of embracing imperfection and the “shitty” first draft. Vigliotti mentions other techniques from the book, such as the small picture frame idea and reading dialogue out loud but concludes by emphasizing the philosophical underpinning of Lamott’s book—placing truth at the center of one's work. He highly recommends this writing resource to all writers.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
4/22/202413 minutes, 35 seconds
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Special Edition | How to Read More

In this Special Edition episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses how to read more. He addresses the common desire to read more and emphasizes that reading should be a personal choice and not a competition. Vigliotti suggests three strategies for reading more: changing your mindset by focusing on pages read instead of books, following your interests and reading what you enjoy (not what someone tells you you should be reading), and using tracking (as a tool) to hold yourself accountable. He acknowledges that reading more is not necessary and encourages listeners to do what they truly want to do. Vigliotti also invites listeners to share the podcast and subscribe to support the initiative of inspiring more men to read.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
4/15/202417 minutes, 59 seconds
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Every Man a Menace | Patrick Hoffman

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book Every Man A Menace by Patrick Hoffman. He provides some background information on the author, who is also a private investigator, and discusses the economic challenges of being a writer. Vigliotti enjoys Hoffman's writing style and the realistic dialogue in the book, which for a gritty but fun book like this one adds to its believability, an essential element in fiction according to Vigliotti. He describes the plot of the novel, which revolves around an ex-con named Raymond Gaspar who gets involved in an MDMA trafficking scheme that spans from San Francisco to Miami to Bangkok. Vigliotti highlights the interesting juxtaposition of the “happiness” drug with the violence and evilness involved in its distribution. He concludes by sharing a quote from the book and encourages listeners to share the episode and subscribe to the podcast.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
4/8/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. He explores the origins of the term "Machiavellian" and its negative connotations. Vigliotti raises the question of whether Machiavelli intended the book to be genuine or satirical and discusses the disconnect between an author's intent and how readers interpret their work. He also delves into the historical context of The Prince and Machiavelli's motivations for writing it. Vigliotti highlights some key ideas in the book, such as the importance of being cunning yet ferocious as a leader and an acute awareness of those close to you. He encourages listeners to read the book and form their own opinions on Machiavelli’s divisive strategies. The episode concludes with a quote from the book and a call to support the podcast by subscribing and sharing it with others.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
4/1/202414 minutes
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March '24 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti expresses gratitude to the listeners, asks for their support in spreading the word about the podcast, and recaps the episodes from March 2024. In the first episode, he focused on women reading more than men, with the host discussing the rise of women in the publishing industry and the data that supports this trend. Vigliotti also explores why this topic is not widely discussed, including fear of ostracization, a negative cultural narrative surrounding men, and not recognizing what you don’t see. He recommends listening to the Special Edition episodes for a deeper understanding of the topic—in the second one he tackles the 10 Reasons to Read (Fiction.) The final episode of the month featured Owning Up by George Pelecanos, a piece of fiction that tackles issues facing our nation’s history. Vigliotti concludes by providing information on connecting with him and accessing the monthly newsletter with these recap episodes.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
3/25/202411 minutes, 3 seconds
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Owning Up | George Pelecanos

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the work of author George Pelecanos, particularly his book Owning Up. Vigliotti praises the author’s unpretentious writing style, his focus on realism, and his ability to depict the impact of various societal issues from multiple perspectives. He also compares the work’s thematical elements to The Deuce, a TV Show that Pelecanos co-created with David Simon, which explores the passage of time and the evolution of communities. Owning Up consists of four vignettes that tackle issues such as racism, the criminal justice system, the interconnectedness of history, and near misses of life. Vigliotti concludes by sharing two quotes from the book highlighting the importance of truth and the power of written history.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
3/18/202412 minutes, 16 seconds
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Special Edition | Part 2: 10 Reasons to Read (Fiction)

In this Special Edition episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the 10 reasons why men should read fiction. He acknowledges that the publishing industry and writers do not cater to male readers due to a lack of an economic incentive, leading to an ever-widening gap of men not reading fiction. Vigliotti introduces his value proposition theory on why most men prefer nonfiction, but insists the real value of fiction is unseen—similar to soft skills, the more important but less developed skills for many people. He believes reading fiction promotes empathy for people different from oneself, teaches how to be alone with one's thoughts, encourages critical thinking and individuality, and strengthens the imagination muscle. He also argues that the form (reading) allows for easier engagement with difficult ideas and differing opinions, something people should be doing more of, and promotes delayed gratification in a society that wires people for short-term thinking and attention, improving focus. Vigliotti concludes by urging listeners to share the episode and support the podcast's mission of inspiring more men to read.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
3/11/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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Special Edition | Part 1: Do Women Really Read More Than Men?

In this Special Edition episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti explores the question of whether women “really” read more than men. Vigliotti discusses the macro data and research that supports the idea that women are reading more than men, particularly in the fiction genre. He also delves into the reasons behind this trend, including but not limited to societal factors, nature versus nurture, and the rise of audiobooks. Vigliotti acknowledges the importance of diversity and inclusion in the publishing industry but raises concerns about a widening gender gap that could be unrepairable if the current trend continues. In part two, he plans to address why men are reading less, particularly fiction, and the top 10 reasons everyone should be reading fiction.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
3/4/202425 minutes, 5 seconds
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February '24 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti expresses gratitude to listeners for supporting the show and spreading the word about it. He mentions that he plans to bring back interviews later in the year and introduces the concept of "Special Edition” episodes that will focus on art, entertainment, and books. Vigliotti then provides a recap of the books featured in February 2024. The first nonfiction book discussed is The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, which simplifies the complex topic of time and offers philosophical musings. The second nonfiction book is Outlive by Peter Attia, which explores a proactive approach to healthcare and longevity. The one work of fiction for the month was Big Swiss by Jen Beagin, a quirky novel that delves into themes of trauma, sexuality, and accountability. Vigliotti reflects on the genre of women's fiction and its historical context. He concludes with a reminder to connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti, and provides information on how to access episode transcripts and the monthly newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
2/26/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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Outlive | Peter Attia, MD

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia, MD. Vigliotti explains that the book has gained tremendous popularity due to Attia's large following and widespread promotion, but in no way, does that lower the importance of the work itself. He describes Outlive as “required reading” for anybody serious about their health and well-being. Vigliotti clarifies that the book focuses on getting the most out of one's mind, body, and life—not becoming superhuman. He discusses Attia's philosophy of proactive healthcare, contrasting it with the reactive approach of traditional medicine, specifically in reducing the risk of the four horsemen: cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic disorders. Vigliotti highlights the uber-importance of exercise, sleep, and emotional and mental health in promoting longevity. He concludes by encouraging listeners to share the podcast, connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti, and visit the website for more information.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
2/19/202414 minutes, 1 second
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Big Swiss | Jen Beagin

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti introduces Big Swiss by Jen Beagin. He describes the book as a literary novel that falls under women's fiction, a genre that centers around female life experiences and is marketed toward female readers. Vigliotti believes the lack of a genre called “men’s fiction” is a market effect over time—as in, men don’t read fiction today. He suggests that if a genre existed using the same criteria as women’s fiction, it may encourage more men to read fiction. Vigliotti describes Big Swiss as odd, funny, and cult-like in its feel—citing that’s what he loves most about it. The story follows a disenchanted transcriptionist for a sex therapist who writes letters to her deceased mother and becomes involved with one of her employer's patients, a repressed Swiss woman who is much younger and married. The novel explores themes of trauma, sexuality, and accountability. Vigliotti also mentions the inclusion of many cultural touchpoints and a unique portrayal of a Boston accent. He encourages listeners to share the podcast and connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti or via BooksforMen.org.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
2/12/202411 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Order of Time | Carlo Rovelli

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. Vigliotti, who admits to having failed a physics class in college, finds the book enjoyable and accessible even for those with little knowledge or interest in physics. He appreciates Rovelli's ability to simplify complex topics without oversimplifying them, making them understandable to a wider audience. Vigliotti is particularly drawn to the book's exploration of time, a subject that fascinates him personally. He praises Rovelli's writing style, which combines scientific and philosophical elements, and highlights some of the book's key insights, such as the concept of impermanence and the idea that the world is a collection of events rather than things. Vigliotti encourages listeners to read the book themselves and shares information on how to support the podcast.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
2/5/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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January '24 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti expresses gratitude for the support of listeners and discusses the concept of Books for Men. Vigliotti explains that while the show is aimed at inspiring more men to read, it is not exclusive to men and women may also enjoy the featured books. He then provides a recap of the books featured in January 2024, which included a nonfiction book called Free Speech and Why It Matters by Andrew Doyle, and two works of fiction: American Tabloid by James Ellroy and Dead Girl Blues by Lawrence Block. Vigliotti briefly discusses the themes and messages of each book and shares some notable quotes. He concludes by inviting listeners to visit the website for more information and to sign up for the newsletter.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
1/29/202410 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dead Girl Blues | Lawrence Block

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book Dead Girl Blues by Lawrence Block. Vigliotti highlights the unconventional nature of the book and the fact that Block chose to self-publish it. He shares a quote from Block in which the author acknowledges that the book may not be commercially appealing and may put off some readers, but he believes it is one of the best things he has ever written. Vigliotti explains that the book starts with a graphic scene of rape and murder, which presents a challenge for readers to sympathize with the protagonist. He praises Block for taking on such a difficult subject matter and explores the challenges of writing a novel like this one. Vigliotti concludes by emphasizing he does not condone any acts of violence or sexual abuse against women, but he does support artists who tackle difficult subjects. Vigliotti encourages listeners to share the podcast and support the mission of inspiring more men to read.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
1/22/202410 minutes, 47 seconds
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Free Speech and Why It Matters | Andrew Doyle

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the importance of free speech and its role in society. He introduces the book Free Speech and Why It Matters by Andrew Doyle, which explores the current attack on free speech and the hypocrisy surrounding it. Vigliotti emphasizes that free speech is a foundational element of a free society and that no other liberty can exist without it. He discusses the tendency to label and dismiss people based on their opinions, which hinders understanding and prevents the evaluation of ideas on their own merit. Vigliotti also touches on the state of the arts, the impact of self-censorship, and the need for artists across sectors to maintain their freedom of expression. He concludes by urging listeners to participate in public discussion with kindness, respect, and understanding, even when they disagree with others.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
1/15/202414 minutes, 20 seconds
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American Tabloid | James Ellroy

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book American Tabloid by James Ellroy. He acknowledges that Ellroy's writing style can be challenging at times, but admires his ability to depict the world as he sees it without pandering to the reader. He believes that Ellroy accomplishes what he intends to do with his writing, even if readers may disagree with his language or style. American Tabloid explores the events leading up to the assassination of JFK, and Vigliotti expresses his belief that the government covered up the truth about the assassination. He discusses the book's theme of the undercurrent of power and dirty work that happens beneath the surface, and how the assassination of JFK was the first domino contributing to the American people's distrust of the government. Vigliotti praises Ellroy's ability to weave real-life characters and events into a fictional narrative, creating an entertaining read. He concludes by encouraging listeners to share the podcast and connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti, and provides information on how to access full transcripts and sign up for the newsletter on the website BooksforMen.org.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
1/8/202412 minutes, 56 seconds
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December '23 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti recaps the month of December 2023 and expresses his gratitude to listeners for their support throughout the year. He encourages them to rate, review, or subscribe to the podcast and to share it with family and friends during the holiday season. Vigliotti announces that there will be no new episode next week and that the episode summaries will now also be featured in the newsletter. He then provides a recap of the month’s books: Obvious in Hindsight by Bradley Tusk, a satire about a political tech consultant group's attempt to legalize flying cars; A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, a memoir/novel about the author's time in rehab; and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, a book about living in the present moment. Vigliotti concludes by wishing listeners a happy holiday season and new year, hints at upcoming plans for the podcast in 2024, and reminds listeners they can always connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
12/25/202310 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Power of Now | Eckhart Tolle

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. He explains that while self-help is often dismissed, and for good reason in many cases, it is a genre that encompasses a wide range of topics and can still benefit personal growth. Vigliotti shares his own spiritual journey and how he finds solace in Eastern philosophical thought. He highlights three key concepts from The Power of Now: observing one's thoughts and emotions, detaching from time, and practicing radical acceptance. Vigliotti encourages listeners to give the book a chance to see if it resonates. He also reminds them to share the podcast with others, visit the website to sign up for the newsletter, and remember they could connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
12/18/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Obvious in Hindsight | Bradley Tusk

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses a new novel called Obvious in Hindsight by Bradley Tusk. The book follows the story of Lisa Lim, an underling of Nick Denevito, the owner of a political consultant group, as they try to legalize flying cars in three cities—New York, Austin, and LA. Vigliotti describes the book as reading like a piece of autofiction, a genre that blends elements of an author's autobiography with a fictional narrative, saying, “There is nobody better suited to write this story than Tusk.” He praises the book for its usage of multiple point-of-views, present-tense narration, satirical elements, and its ability to make readers question the industries and decisions that shape society. He also reminds listeners that Tusk owns an indie bookstore in NYC, P&T Knitwear, and shares a favorite quote from the book. Vigliotti encourages everyone to check out the book and support the podcast by sharing it with others, and reminding them they can always connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
12/11/202312 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Million Little Pieces | James Frey

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, host Douglas Vigliotti discusses the book A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. The book gained popularity due to an endorsement from Oprah Winfrey, but later faced controversy when it was revealed that a large portion of the story was fabricated. Vigliotti explores the questions raised by this controversy, including the relationship between books, movies, and truth. He also discusses the book's content, which focuses on Frey's six-week stint recovering from alcohol and crack addiction. Vigliotti reflects on the impact of the book and the debate over whether embellishment is necessary to convey the emotional and mental reality of addiction. He also raises questions about the blurred lines between reality and fiction in memoirs and novels. Vigliotti concludes by acknowledging the importance of support and professional help for those battling addiction and shares a quote from the book. He encourages listeners to share the podcast and connect with him on Instagram @douglasvigliotti.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
12/4/202313 minutes, 51 seconds
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November '23 Recap

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, Douglas Vigliotti recaps the month of November 2023, expresses gratitude to listeners for their support, and encourages them to spread the word about the podcast. He then proceeds to summarize the three books discussed in the previous month's episodes. The first book is Vigliotti's own novel, Tom Collins, which explores the theme of consumption versus creation. The second book is The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware, which delves into the regrets people have about life on their deathbeds. The third book is City of Thieves by David Benioff, a historical fiction novel set during the Nazi siege of Leningrad. The host shares his thoughts and favorite quotes from each book and encourages listeners to listen to the podcast episodes or read the books themselves. He concludes by reminding listeners to share the podcast and provides information on accessing full transcripts and signing up for the newsletter at BooksforMen.org.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
11/27/20239 minutes, 15 seconds
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City of Thieves | David Benioff

In this episode of the Books for Men podcast, Douglas Vigliotti discusses a novel called City of Thieves by David Benioff. Vigliotti describes the book as a historical fiction novel that doubles as a coming-of-age story. He praises the novel for its well-constructed story, cohesive and believable plot, and its ability to evoke a sense of realism. Vigliotti also mentions that the book is relatively short, which he personally prefers, and highlights the strong characterization and humor in the story. He emphasizes that "City of Thieves" is a great example of a novel primarily for a male audience, a genre that he believes has fallen by the wayside in recent years. Vigliotti concludes by urging listeners to share the podcast and support the show, and provides information on how to connect with him and access full transcripts and newsletters at BooksforMen.org.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
11/20/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying | Bronnie Ware

In this episode of Books for Men, Douglas Vigliotti discusses a book called The Top Five Regrets of Dying by Bronnie Ware. The book is based on Ware's experiences as a former palliative care nurse and explores the top five regrets expressed by people on their deathbeds. Douglas highlights the importance of living a life true to oneself, not working too hard, expressing feelings, staying in touch with friends, and allowing oneself to be happier. He also mentions the influence of Eastern philosophy and the Law of Impermanence. The episode concludes with a call to support the podcast and connect with Douglas on Instagram @douglasvigliotti.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
11/13/202312 minutes, 25 seconds
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Tom Collins | Douglas Vigliotti

In this episode of Books for Men, Douglas Vigliotti discusses his own novel, Tom Collins, which was released (almost exactly) two years ago. The book follows the story of a 30-year-old salesperson named Christian Ballantine who sleeps with an older woman, only to later discover that she is his new boss's wife. The book explores the theme of consumption versus creation and raises questions about what truly matters in life. Douglas reflects on his writing process and the challenges of releasing his work. He also mentions that the book is available as a free audiobook on the podcast, Slightly Crooked: Good Stories, Told Well. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on the craft of storytelling rather than external metrics and encourages listeners to share the podcast episode, as well as connect with him on Instagram. The episode concludes with information about accessing full transcripts and signing up for the podcast's monthly newsletter at BooksforMen.org.If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
11/6/202312 minutes, 35 seconds
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October '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from October '23. It was a full month with four episodes—two nonfiction books, a rock memoir, and an essay collection, as well as, two works of fiction, both literary classics. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
10/30/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

This episode of Books for Men features Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. A classic novel about a middle-aged man's perverted obsession with a young girl. It's a book that will challenge you in many ways, but perhaps, there's no better stylist (ever) than Nabokov. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
10/23/202311 minutes, 43 seconds
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I Remember Nothing | Nora Ephron

This episode of Books for Men features I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron. An essay collection about everything that the iconic filmmaker hasn't (yet) forgotten—she passed away a year or so after the book came out. It's lighthearted yet deep, and I can't recommend it enough. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
10/16/20239 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ham on Rye | Charles Bukowski

This episode of Books for Men features Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski. A semi-autobiographical novel about growing up a young boy in LA during the Great Depression. Love him or hate him, this is a special story. It'll make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
10/9/202312 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chronicles | Bob Dylan

This episode of Books for Men features Chronicles by Bob Dylan. A memoir from the most influential singer-songwriter of our time. No single artist has shaped modern music more than Bob Dylan. If that isn't reason alone to read this book, I don't know what is. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
10/2/202314 minutes, 49 seconds
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September '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from September '23. It was a great month with one nonfiction book, a rock autobiography, and two works of fiction, a novelization, and a crime novel. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
9/25/20237 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Killing Hills | Chris Offutt

This episode of Books for Men features The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt. A crime novel about an Army CID agent on leave who is tapped by his sister, a newly appointed sheriff of a small town in the hills of Kentucky, to help solve a local murder. It's written so well. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
9/18/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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Born to Run | Bruce Springsteen

This episode of Books for Men features Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. An all-encompassing autobiography about a rock and roll legend that tackles everything from his struggles to successes—both personally and professionally. So good. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
9/11/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino

This episode of Books for Men features Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino. A novelization of the award-winning film of the same name that intersects two narratives in 1969—aging actor Rick Dalton's transition into New Hollywood with the Tate-LaBianca murders at the hands of members of the Manson Family. It goes much deeper than the film. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
9/4/202314 minutes, 41 seconds
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August '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from August '23. It was a solid month with two nonfiction books and one work of fiction. I also get on the soapbox about life for a minute or two—wah, wah. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
8/28/20237 minutes, 57 seconds
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Shoe Dog | Phil Knight

This episode of Books for Men features Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. A memoir from the creator of Nike spanning eighteen years from the seed idea in 1962, all the way to 1980, the year company went public. It sort of reads like a first-person novel. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
8/21/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow | Gabrielle Zevin

This episode of Books for Men features Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. A literary novel that follows Sam and Sadie, two lifelong friends, as they build a gaming company and achieve massive success but not without many challenges, personally and professionally. It's a love story but not like you're thinking. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
8/14/202310 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Paradox of Choice | Barry Schwartz

This episode of Books for Men features The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. A book that makes a compelling case that some choice is good, but more choice, eh, not so much. Why? Increased paralysis and decreased satisfaction. It's hard to argue with him. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
8/7/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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July '23 Recap (and Happy 1-Year Anniversary!)

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from July '23. There were two works of fiction and two editions of From the Vault. It's also the one-year anniversary of the show—woohoo—so I share some high-level thoughts about the podcast. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
7/31/20239 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bright Lights, Big City | Jay McInerney

This episode of Books for Men features Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney. A literary novel about a twenty-something writer who resorts to the hedonism of 1980's Manhattan—cocaine, nightclubs, etc—to cope with his hapless life. It's told using a second-person point of view, placing you in the shoes of the unnamed protagonist. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
7/24/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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From the Vault | A Chat With Annie Duke (Part 2)

This episode of Books for Men features an edition of "From the Vault." It’s the second great chat I had on my previous pod, It's Not What It Seems, with Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets, How to Decide, and most recently, Quit. Listen for more! (Original publish date: 10/14/18.) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
7/17/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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From the Vault | A Chat With Annie Duke (Part 1)

This episode of Books for Men features an edition of "From the Vault." It’s part one of a great chat I had on my previous pod, It's Not What It Seems, with Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets, How to Decide, and most recently, Quit. Listen for more! (Original publish date: 8/26/18.) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
7/10/202351 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Poet | Michael Connelly

This episode of Books for Men features The Poet by Michael Connelly. A crime novel about a small-time reporter trying to solve the murder of his homicide detective twin brother. It turns into a secret FBI hunt for a serial killer who always leaves a line or two from Edgar Allen Poe with each of his victims. It's dark and propulsive. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
7/3/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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June '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from June '23. There was (1) nonfiction book, (1) work of fiction, and (1) edition of From the Vault. I also share my current vision for the podcast. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
6/26/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz

This episode of Books for Men features The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. A psychological thriller about a sputtering mid-list novelist who embarks on a wild goose chase to discover the truth behind a plot he stole from one of his deceased MFA students. It doubles as a satire on writing and the publishing world. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
6/19/202313 minutes, 44 seconds
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From the Vault | Last Time, Don't F*ck It Up

This episode of Books for Men features another edition of “From the Vault.” It's a short essay from an Instagram series I wrote called “Pop-up Writing.” The pieces lived for only 24 hours on my Instagram story. It was fun and unbridled. This one deserved an official home. I think you’ll agree. Listen for more! (Original pub date: July 11, 2021.)If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
6/12/20237 minutes, 12 seconds
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Page Fright | Harry Bruce

This episode of Books for Men features Page Fright by Harry Bruce. A fun read about the fetishes and foibles of famous writers. The book will remind you of the many (often conflicting) ways writers write. Where to write? When to write? What tools to use? How fast to write? Alcohol? Good luck charms? And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
6/5/202312 minutes, 5 seconds
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May '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from May '23. There was (1) nonfiction book, (1) work of fiction, and (1) edition of From the Vault. I also share some big updates for BooksforMen.org, like full episode transcripts, new tabs, etc. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
5/29/20239 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Godfather | Mario Puzo

This episode of Books for Men features The Godfather by Mario Puzo. An epic novel about a 1940s Italian crime family spearheaded by Vito Corleone. It documents the succession of the family business to his son Michael. It's an examination of power, influence, honor, family, and “making it” as an immigrant. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of every episode with full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
5/22/202314 minutes, 8 seconds
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From the Vault | A Chat With Tyler Cowen

This episode of Books for Men features an edition of “From the Vault”—a segment where I share an episode from my previous podcast, It's Not What It Seems. This is a great chat I had with Tyler Cowen, author of Stubborn Attachments, The Complacent Class, Talent, and many more. Listen for more! (Original publish date: 11/11/18.) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, all the best quotes, and newsletter-only book recommendations!
5/15/202346 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to Tell a Story | Aristotle

This episode of Books for Men features How to Tell a Story by Aristotle. A new translation (by Philip Freeman) of Poetics—Aristotle’s classic surviving text on the art of storytelling. Maybe the most important work ever written on the subject matter. Quite simply, what makes one story better than another story? Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
5/8/202316 minutes, 43 seconds
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April '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from April '23. It was a full month—(2) book episodes, (1) Bad Advice episode, and (1) From the Vault episode. All super solid. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
5/1/20236 minutes, 49 seconds
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From the Vault | An Urge Worth Fighting

This episode of Books for Men features an edition of “From the Vault”—a new segment where I share an episode from my previous podcast, It's Not What It Seems. This is an audio article that rethinks competition and offers a subtle nuance that might help you. It's equal parts challenging and inspirational. Listen for more! (Original publish date: 11/15/18. Read it here.)If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
4/24/202311 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Son | Philipp Meyer

This episode of Books for Men features The Son by Philipp Meyer. An epic historical fiction novel about the rise of a Texas oil dynasty that spans from 1836 to the 2010s. It's a story of power, family, self-discovery, and perhaps most importantly, the brutal past that birthed America. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
4/17/202314 minutes, 35 seconds
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Bad Advice | Work on Your Weakness

This episode of Books for Men features another edition of Bad Advice which speaks to a well-trodden (oft-given) piece of advice to "work on your weakness" or “improve in areas you’re not so great.” In general, I think (most of the time) the exact opposite is probably better advice. Ooh, dicey, but hear me out. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
4/10/202310 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is This Anything? | Jerry Seinfeld

This episode of Books for Men features Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld. A book that comprises the comedian's best material (self-selected) over five decades—70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. Pretty cool. It's a love letter to the lifelong commitment to process, craft, and comedy. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes w/ links, full book and author info, best quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
4/3/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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March '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the episodes from March '23. It was a fun month—we shared some great books and added a brand new segment called "From the Vault." Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the episodes with full book and author info, the best five quotes from each title, and newsletter-only book recommendations.
3/31/202310 minutes
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From the Vault | A Chat With Greg McKeown

This episode of Books for Men features an edition of “From the Vault”—a new segment where I share an episode from my previous podcast, It's Not What It Seems. This is a great chat I had with Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, a book featured on the pod earlier this month. So much gold here. Listen for more! (Original publish date: 10/7/18.) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider supporting the podcast. Any of the three things below will help provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
3/27/202353 minutes, 51 seconds
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Heat 2 | Michael Mann & Meg Gardiner

This episode of Books for Men features Heat 2 by Michael Mann & Meg Gardiner. A novel sequel to one of the greatest crime movies of all time. Pretty unique. I think it's safe to say that if you like the movie, you'll like the novel. It doesn't violate the film—it deepens it. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
3/20/202314 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bad Advice | Shortcuts

This episode of Books for Men features another edition of “Bad Advice”—a new segment where I debunk advice that (I think) is given far too often. This edition speaks to all those "shortcuts" people are hawking. Do you really need it to be easier and faster? Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
3/13/202310 minutes, 16 seconds
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Essentialism | Greg McKeown

This episode of Books for Men features Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. A book about doing less but better. What are the truly essential things in your life? Do those. Remove the rest. Full stop. (Not easy, but doable.) Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
3/6/202310 minutes, 18 seconds
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February '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in February '23. It also shares a key update on The Books for Men Newsletter. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
2/27/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami

This episode of Books for Men features Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. It's about an aspiring young female writer who falls for an older woman and then mysteriously goes missing on Greek Island while on vacation with her. Line for line, nobody hits harder than Murakami. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
2/20/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bad Advice | College

This episode of Books for Men features another edition of “Bad Advice”—a new segment where I debunk advice that I think is given far too often. This edition speaks to the advice that "you must go to college." Should you, though? Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
2/13/202314 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Laws of Human Nature | Robert Greene

This episode of Books for Men features The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. An entertaining, engaging yet well-researched tome about our innate human tendencies, and what to do about them. This is a reread, for sure. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
2/6/202310 minutes, 45 seconds
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January '23 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in January '23. It also shares a little theory (I believe) about creativity. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
1/30/20236 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Thief | Fuminori Nakamura

This episode of Books for Men features The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura. It's a novel about a skilled Japanese pickpocket who must answer for a job he did years prior. Can you escape fate? Or is it inevitable? The story is bleak, subtle, and outright chilling. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
1/23/20239 minutes, 59 seconds
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Scenes from My Life | Michael K. Williams

This episode of Books for Men features Scenes from My Life by Michael K. Williams with Jon Sternfeld. It's a memoir from the actor who played some of modern TV's greatest roles—Omar Little (The Wire), Chalky White (Boardwalk Empire), and Freddy Knight (The Night Of.) It's a tragic and touching portrait of an artist's life. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
1/16/202312 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bad Advice | "All you have to do..."

This episode of Books for Men introduces “Bad Advice”—a new segment where I debunk advice that I think is given far too often. This edition speaks to the foundation of crappy advice. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
1/9/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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December '22 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in December '22. It also shares a little about the power of influences (in one's life or art.) Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
12/31/202210 minutes, 52 seconds
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LaBrava | Elmore Leonard

This episode of Books for Men features LaBrava by Elmore Leonard. A crime novel set in Miami about an ex-secret service agent slash photographer-extraordinaire who falls for the starlet he loved as a kid, meanwhile, she's mixed up in a shady scheme with a rent-a-cop and a Cuban gangster. It's Leonard, a master, at his best. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
12/26/202212 minutes, 48 seconds
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Conversations with Tom Petty | Paul Zollo

This episode of Books for Men features Conversations with Tom Petty by Paul Zollo. It's a biography that feels more like an autobiography because of the form—a series of unaltered discussions with one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters of all time. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
12/19/202214 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway

This episode of Books for Men features The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. A classic literary novel about an impotent ex-pat journalist living in Paris who falls for a promiscuous divorcee. More importantly, Hemingway's debut changed writing forever. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
12/12/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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Hell's Angels | Hunter S. Thompson

This episode of Books for Men features Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson. A fearless account of the author's year riding with the legendary motorcycle gang during the height of their fame. It's unapologetic, unbridled, and unmistakably Hunter. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
12/5/202212 minutes, 34 seconds
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November '22 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in November '22. It also shares a little more about why I do the podcast. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
11/30/202211 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Postman Always Rings Twice | James M. Cain

This episode of Books for Men features The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain. A classic noir novel about a young drifter who falls for the discontented wife of a diner owner, and the dilemma that ensues as they fight for each other and their lives. It was (basically) the springboard for an entire genre. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
11/28/20229 minutes, 38 seconds
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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor Frankl

This episode of Books for Men features Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. A memoir about an Austrian psychiatrist's experience surviving Nazi death camps, as well as, his psychotherapeutic approach to living a meaningful life. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
11/21/202211 minutes, 8 seconds
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Queenpin | Megan Abbott

This episode of Books for Men features Queenpin by Megan Abbott. A noir novel about a young woman learning the ropes from (the one and only) Gloria Denton, mob luminary and hustler extraordinaire. It's every bit as good as the classic noir that it emulates. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
11/14/202210 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Dip | Seth Godin

This episode of Books for Men features The Dip by Seth Godin. A big idea book that will teach you when to quit and when to stick (with something.) It's also my most recommended book of all time. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
11/7/202210 minutes, 54 seconds
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October '22 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in October '22. It also shares a little more about the intent of the show. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
10/31/20228 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Stranger | Albert Camus

This episode of Books for Men features The Stranger by Albert Camus. A classic literary novel about an ordinary man thrust into the face of absurdity—familial death, murder, and imprisonment. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast.
10/24/202211 minutes, 12 seconds
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Life | Keith Richards

This episode of Books for Men features Life by Keith Richards. It's an autobiography that reads more like a one-on-one conversation with the legend himself. It's one of the most entertaining books that I've ever read. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
10/17/202213 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy

This episode of Books for Men features The Road by Cormac McCarthy. A post-apocalyptic novel about a boy and his father trying to survive in what remains of a burned-down America. It's painfully good—subtle yet searing. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
10/10/202210 minutes, 28 seconds
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Love Me Do! | Michael Braun

This episode of Books for Men features Love Me Do!: The Beatles Progress by Michael Braun. A biography about a historic moment in cultural history—Beatlemania. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the Beatles during their first British tour, right before they set the world on fire. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
10/3/202214 minutes, 32 seconds
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September '22 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books and authors we covered in September '22. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
9/30/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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Freedom's Child | Jax Miller

This episode of Books for Men features Freedom's Child by Jax Miller. A thriller novel about a mother living as a protected witness who comes out of hiding (twenty years later) to save the daughter she gave up two minutes after birth. It's not for the faint of heart. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
9/26/20229 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why We Sleep | Matthew Walker, PhD

This episode of Books for Men features Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD. A book that provides a full exploration of the most valuable yet (often) most overlooked aspect of living a healthy life—sleep. Quite simply, this book will help you. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
9/19/202218 minutes
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Blacktop Wasteland | S.A. Cosby

This episode of Books for Men features Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby. A thriller slash noir novel set in the Deep South about a reformed family man who gets pulled back into his old ways for one last heist. Just a superbly executed story, really. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
9/12/202212 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Sopranos Sessions | Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz

This episode of Books for Men features The Sopranos Sessions by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz. A book that breaks down the greatest TV show of all-time—episode by episode. What? You don't agree? Oh, please. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
9/5/202213 minutes, 22 seconds
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August '22 Recap

This episode of Books for Men is a short recap of all the books we covered in the first month of the show—August '22. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/31/20225 minutes, 26 seconds
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Night Prayers | Santiago Gamboa

This episode of Books for Men features Night Prayers by Santiago Gamboa. A literary slash crime novel that spans from Bogota to Bangkok to Tokyo covering everything from drug trafficking to high-end escorting on the search for a missing girl. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/29/202214 minutes, 51 seconds
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Skin in the Game | Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This episode of Books for Men features Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. A big idea slash philosophy book on the necessity of maintaining adequate risk (in life) and the problems associated with a lack thereof. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/22/202213 minutes, 51 seconds
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Lush Life | Richard Price

This episode of Books for Men features Lush Life by Richard Price. Based on three combining factors, it's one of the best novels that I've ever read—hands down. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/15/202211 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Tiger | John Vaillant

This episode of Books for Men features The Tiger: A Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant. A narrative nonfiction book about the (gripping) hunt for a man-eating tiger. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/8/202213 minutes, 20 seconds
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Miles from Nowhere | Nami Mun

This episode of Books for Men features Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun. A novel that is gritty and raw yet (somehow) subtle. It’s so good that I've read it multiple times. Listen for more!If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
8/1/202215 minutes, 50 seconds
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Welcome to Books for Men

Welcome to Books for Men, a podcast to inspire (more) men to read and bring together men who do. This episode serves as a trailer for the new podcast. I spend the majority of the time answering three questions: One, why did I start the podcast? Two, what can you expect from the podcast? Three, how can you support the podcast moving forward?If you enjoyed this episode, please consider showing your support for the podcast. Any of the three things below will help to provide awareness for the initiative—inspiring (more) men to read and bringing together men who do. (Ladies, of course, you're always welcome!)Share with a friend or on social mediaSubscribe or follow on your favorite podcast platformLeave a rating or reviewVisit BooksforMen.org to sign up for the Books for Men newsletter, a monthly round-up of all the books and authors featured on the podcast that month.
7/25/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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Entry #50: When One Door Closes...

Entry #50 announces a pivot in direction for the podcast. It will have a new name, branding, etc. This journal slash diary has been fun. It's not goodbye, just so long (for two weeks) until the transition to the new show is complete. You'll hear from me again in the first week of August!If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
7/19/20222 minutes, 41 seconds
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Entry #49: 4 Things I Just Watched

Entry #49 shares four things I watched over the last week—The Revenant, Seven, No Country for Old Men, and What's in a Name? Of course, it documents some of my thoughts on each. Artists mentioned in the entry include Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro Innaritu, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Cormac McCarthy, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and Dave Chapelle.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
7/12/20226 minutes, 9 seconds
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Entry #48: How to Learn (Anything)

Entry #48 answers a listener's question and documents my process of learning how to write better stories. If you zoom out, then you can use the approach to learn anything. It's all backboned by what I like to call "The Interest Principle." If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
7/6/20227 minutes, 32 seconds
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Entry #47: Transition is okay, right?

Entry #47 builds off the previous entry and shares the current "state of me." A state of transition, really. What's next? I don't know, but I'm okay with that. In the meantime, I'll sell medical devices and work on being a better writer and storyteller.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
7/3/20224 minutes, 53 seconds
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Entry #46: Things I've Tested (Since 2016)

Entry #46 was fun to do. It builds off the previous entry and documents many of the things I've tested and trialed since 2016. All leading me to now, of course. Maybe in the next entry, I'll share more about what now looks like and (potentially) what the future holds for me.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/28/20227 minutes, 51 seconds
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Entry #45: Do you do this today? (You should.)

Entry #45 builds off the last entry and documents an important life tactic—testing. I share something that I'm currently testing in my life. In general, I'm a big advocate for implementing testing (or trialing) periods in your life. The benefits are endless, really.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/24/20224 minutes, 38 seconds
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Entry #44: Quit, Pivot, Switch It Up

Entry #44 documents how I've been recently reminded about the importance of pivoting ... and quitting. Sometimes, most times, actually, it's necessary. It also shares one of my favorite books The Dip by Seth Godin. If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/15/20223 minutes, 37 seconds
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Entry #43: What I'd Tell Your Kids

Entry #43 documents two pieces of advice that I'd give your kids (if they asked for it.) Sadly, I learned both of these things the hard way.  The entry also mentions NextGen, an NYC-based group that I've been working with for the last four years; doing mentoring for its members.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/11/20224 minutes, 42 seconds
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Entry #42: Why You're Stuck

Entry #42 documents a piece of advice that I recently gave to a friend (who has been a bit stuck in his life.) It's something I often think about so I thought it was worth sharing with you. Take a listen. Let me know what you think.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/8/20223 minutes, 35 seconds
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Entry #41: What about supplements?

Entry #41 answers a listener's question and shares the supplements I currently take in 2022. It couples well with entry #37 where I documented some of my larger health changes. It's important to remember that a supplement is just that, a supplement. They're intended to supplement your diet, workout, and/or lifestyle (not replace it.)*Disclaimer: I am not a physician or doctor, so please consult with your healthcare provider before using anything I mention in the entry. This is just meant to be documentation of the supplements that I take and that work for me (right now.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
6/4/20224 minutes, 51 seconds
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Entry #40: Learning from Kanye West

Entry #40 doubles down on the previous entry and provides a concrete example from the life of Kanye West. Other creators mentioned in this entry are Andy Warhol, Amy Winehouse, Val Kilmer, and Soleil Moon Frye. (Her documentary is called "Kid 90." It escaped me during the recording!)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/31/20225 minutes, 22 seconds
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Entry #39: Are setbacks really a bad thing?

Entry #39 documents my thoughts on setbacks, and shares a better way to look at them in one's life. This entry also mentions an article I wrote back in 2019 titled The Accident: Reflections, Lessons, and Details. (If you'd like to read it, click the link.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/26/20224 minutes, 27 seconds
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Entry #38: Strength or weakness?

Entry #38 documents how I am currently thinking about strengths and weaknesses. Spoiler: I think we should just dispense with that labeling altogether. Find out why in the entry.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/22/20224 minutes, 28 seconds
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Entry #37: Should you make these changes, too?

Entry #37 documents a couple of changes that I've made for 2022. These adjustments have provided me with increased clarity, more energy, and just a new day-to-day outlook. So I'm excited to share them with you and (even more so) continue to double down on them in my life.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/19/20225 minutes, 28 seconds
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Entry #36: Is it worth it?

Entry #36 documents my thoughts on a bunch of stuff I consumed this week. Not by intention, but the entry seems to get at an essential question ... Is "it" worth it? Artists mentioned include Ariel Posen, Ryan Adams, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Stephen King. Oh, and my column and Spotify playlist Lyrics I Love—go check that out if you like good music!If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/15/20226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Entry #35: Where's the payoff?!

Entry #35 shares two things I watched recently that didn't land as well as they could have—The Batman and Tokyo Vice. Each for a different reason, though. Take a listen. Maybe you disagree.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/6/20225 minutes, 32 seconds
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Entry #34: Three Books I Just Read

Entry #34 shares three books I just finished reading—two novels and an essay book. The books are authored by Fuminori Nakamura, Patrick Hoffman, and David Mamet. It also shares a great Mamet insight for storytellers. Oh, and I almost forgot it mentions an article I wrote back in 2019 titled A Modern-Day Dating Problem. (Lol, I know.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/5/20226 minutes, 6 seconds
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Entry #33: Why are some people so magnetic?

Entry #33 documents the very strange phenomenon of magnetic people. It starts the discussion around energy transfer between two people and/or within a group of people. Abstract? A bit, but it feels too real to ignore.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
5/1/20224 minutes, 15 seconds
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Entry #32: It's All About the Angle

Entry #32 documents the difference between "subject matter" and "angle of attack." If you don't have a great subject, then create one. After that, it's all about the angle at which you attack the subject. That's what makes artists (and everyone) unique. Some people can see the angle and some people can't, lol. There are two creators mentioned in this entry—Michelle Obama and Todd Snider.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/22/20224 minutes, 31 seconds
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Entry #31: Don't Think Like This

Entry #31 documents three types of thinking that I try to avoid. I don't always succeed, but I try. I guess that means I think you should try to avoid them, too.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/18/20225 minutes, 44 seconds
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Entry #30: Most Important Entry Yet

Entry #30 pivots out of the reflections countdown and explains why. It also shares probably one of the strongest forces that move through my life today. And it's a sentiment that I want to pass along. Maybe you already feel the same way. I hope so.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/13/20225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Entry #29: Reflection No. 7

Entry #29 shares reflection number seven from my Paris-to-Barcelona trip. How short is too short to visit an international city alone? And, fear not because we are amazingly adaptable as a species.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/7/20223 minutes, 12 seconds
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Entry #28: Reflection No. 8

Entry #28 shares reflection number eight from my Paris-to-Barcelona trip. It's about the power of walking a city. Oh, and the observation that Paris and Barcelona are totally different cities. Maybe you agree. Take a listen.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/5/20223 minutes, 55 seconds
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Entry #27: Reflection No. 9

Entry #27 shares reflection number nine from my Paris-to-Barcelona trip. It's really about having to step back and/or slow down to make sense of things. Maybe you agree. Take a listen.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/3/20223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Entry #26: Reflection No. 10

Entry #26 starts counting down ten reflections I have about my Paris-to-Barcelona trip. I call this one "discomfort as a rule." Maybe you agree. Take a listen.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
4/1/20224 minutes, 25 seconds
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Entry #25: Jale!

Entry #25 comes to you from Barcelona where I've been sightseeing the last two days. Some people and places mentioned in the episode are Renfe-SNCF high-speed train, Flamenco Palau Dalmases (hence the entry title), Museu Picasso, El Born, Moco Museum, Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Banksy. Oh right, and I talk about US Covid protocol for traveling. (Sorry, it's on my mind!)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/25/20226 minutes, 39 seconds
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Entry #24: Nothing Beats It

Entry #24 documents some of my Paris explorations. You can also hear me butcher French, lol. Some places and people mentioned are Musee L'Orangerie, Louvre, Shakespeare & Company, Closerie des Lilas, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Julius Cesar, and Jim Morrison. As much as I included, I missed a lot in this recap, but it doesn't matter. In the end, no matter where I am, nothing beats the simplicity of early morning...nothing.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/22/20223 minutes, 42 seconds
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Entry #23: Like a Movie

Entry #23 is sent from Paris with love. It feels like a movie set. Oh, and excuse the poor audio quality. I kinda like it, though. I don't know, don't ask, just listen! (Boost up the volume, lol.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/20/20222 minutes, 43 seconds
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Entry #22: The Escape-Reality Spectrum

Entry #22 documents an interesting way to look at movies, shows, and books. Some art allows you to escape life, while other art brings you closer to it. In fact, I think most art is designed to do one or another. So, which do you prefer?If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/18/20223 minutes, 37 seconds
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Entry #21: What is self-editing?

Entry #21 builds off entry #20 and briefly covers how I like to self-edit. I was moving fast, so I didn't cover everything. C'mon, gimme a break! Just consider this a good starter to what I feel is important to self-editing. If you're a writer, it's a skill you def need—eventually.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/16/20225 minutes, 1 second
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Entry #20: What about grammer? (Wink, wink)

Entry #20 answers a listener question about writing—what about grammar? In short, it matters. But probably not as much as you think it does. You need enough to prove you're not an idiot, but not so much that it prevents your voice (see entry #16) from getting on the page. (Oh, and I was kinda hoping "grammatist" wasn't a word. It is—damn it.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/15/20223 minutes, 43 seconds
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Entry #19: Things I'm Bad At

Entry #19 documents three things that I'm currently pretty bad at. In some ways, these things probably hinder me. Actually, at times, I know they do—aargh!If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/12/20224 minutes, 23 seconds
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Entry #18: Like a Chef

Entry #18 reminds you that anything documented on It's Not What It Seems is not meant to be advice. It's just my current thoughts, quirks, and ways of doing things. For other creators, your own taste will reign supreme. Just like a chef. This entry also mentions an idea known as "The Taste Gap" by Ira Glass.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/9/20223 minutes, 31 seconds
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Entry #17: Writing vs. Storytelling

Entry #17 documents a way I like to think about books—genre, literary, memoir, or whatever really. For writers, this is just a simple strategy to evaluate stories on a bit of a deeper level. (Use at your own risk, lol.)As mentioned in the entry, here is the link to my Lyrics I Love column and the ongoing Spotify playlist.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/7/20224 minutes, 54 seconds
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Entry #16: What is voice?

Entry #16 documents the two main components of that infamous thing known as "writer's voice." Daunting? Maybe, but the hard part isn't finding it. The hard part is listening to it. Other people mentioned in this entry include Chuck Klosterman and Tyler Cowen (who was a guest on this podcast back in 2019—great episode btw, go check it out.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/5/20223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Entry #15: A Writer's Dilemma

Entry #15 shares a small dilemma that writers face when they're crafting something. Or at least I do, and I'd imagine most creators across most artistic disciplines face the same challenge. It really comes down to one question—how clear should I actually make this thing?If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
3/4/20223 minutes, 42 seconds
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Entry #14: Hearts Out to Ukraine

Entry #14 takes a timeout to send thoughts and prayers to all the Ukrainian people as they fight for their freedom. Like many of us, this evolving and extremely sad situation has been on my mind a lot over the past week. If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/27/20223 minutes, 19 seconds
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Entry #13: What about the kids?

Entry #13 pivots to share what I feel is our biggest problem (as a society) as we move forward. Not democrats or republicans. Not crypto or China, or your jerk neighbor. I will get back to more creative-centric topics but this is deeply embedded into how I think about the world so it was worth documenting.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/24/20225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Entry #12: Dispelling a Myth

Entry #12 addresses a common myth about creative work—speed hinders quality. Does it? Some artists mentioned in the entry are Miles Davis, Shakespeare, and Stephen King.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/20/20223 minutes, 39 seconds
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Entry #11: On That Note

Entry #11 reconsiders the closing line from Entry #10. Are all great writers actually rewriters? Or, is there a case for not rewriting? Some artists that are mentioned in this entry are Hunter Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway, and Neil Young.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/17/20223 minutes, 37 seconds
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Entry #10: Tip for Writers

Entry #10 shares a quick tip for my fellow writers, which is more just a reminder. But a worthy one! It uses the book Page Fright by Harry Bruce as the jumping-off point. (Fun book and highly recommend it.)If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/14/20223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Entry #9: Impressive? (Maybe)

Entry #9 introduces a theory that I call "the impressiveness differential." Eek. Some might find it sad, others inspiring, nonetheless, I'll own it. I also share a little about one of my creative heroes Tom Petty. I'm surprised it took me this long. I did forget to mention the most impressive thing about him—consistency over time. Oh well. I hope you enjoy this one.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/12/20225 minutes, 15 seconds
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Entry #8: Something I Do

Entry #8 shares something I've been writing and curating for over two years now. If you like good music, then my column Lyrics I Love and Spotify playlist (that accompanies it) are made for you.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/10/20223 minutes, 48 seconds
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Entry #7: Should I quit drinking?

Entry #7 raises a question that I've been thinking a lot about lately. In a way, as evident by my annual dry January, it's been looming for much longer than I probably convey in this entry. With that being said, I'm sure this topic will be a repeat visitor as I continue to hash out my thoughts on how, why, and when I consume alcohol.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/8/20224 minutes, 40 seconds
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Entry #6: Intention is Everything

Entry #6 documents another one of my core beliefs (both personally and creatively.) It also shares a couple of quotes from the great playwright, David Mamet. I will probably revisit this idea in the future because I have more to add and I could say it a little better. With that said, I think you'll get my intention—wink, wink.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/4/20224 minutes, 6 seconds
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Entry #5: Less is More

Entry #5 introduces one of my core beliefs (both personally and creatively.) More importantly, I share why I believe it's so important.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
2/1/20223 minutes, 59 seconds
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Entry #4: Similar or different?

Entry #4 piggybacks off the previous entry and offers an alternative question to ask when evaluating creative work—whether it be your own or someone else's. It also shares a  great quote from the legendary filmmaker, Brian De Palma.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don’t miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
1/29/20223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Entry #3: What are reviews?

Entry #3 sheds light on what I think reviews (and opinions) actually are opposed to what we traditionally think of them as. Will you agree? Maybe. Take a listen, find out.If you enjoyed this entry, please consider sharing it with a friend. Or subscribing/following on your favorite podcast platform, so you don't miss the next entry.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
1/28/20223 minutes, 45 seconds
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Entry #2: Why

Entry #2 answers a listener question—why are you doing the audio-diary format? (Great question.)To submit a question to be answered on the show: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
1/25/20223 minutes, 17 seconds
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Entry #1: Welcome Back

Entry #1 is the trailer for the new version of It's Not What It Seems. It briefly covers what you can expect moving forward with the podcast—an unpolished examination of life, art, and creativity in 2-3 minute audio entries.To submit a question to be answered on the podcast: 1) Go to DouglasVigliotti.com, 2) Scroll to the bottom, and 3) Click the button that reads EMAIL DOUG. (No pressure, you can't screw it up. ☺︎)
1/23/20222 minutes, 36 seconds
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#44 - All Things Come to an End

This will be the final episode of It’s Not What It Seems. Thank you so much for listening and your ongoing support. It was a ton of fun and an honor to do the show. As the great Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  As for me, I will just be placing a larger focus on my writing––adding two new columns to the blog, working on some longform projects, and doing some collaboration work. Plus, I’m working on a new book. So I truly hope this isn’t the end for you and I. The easiest way to stay in touch and see all the new stuff that’s coming is to join my reading list at DVReadingList.com.
8/25/20194 minutes
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#43 - David JP Fisher: How to Not Suck at Networking

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a down to earth conversation with David JP Fisher. D. Fish is the author of Networking in the 21st Century on LinkedIn. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/43-davidjpfisher **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
8/18/201947 minutes, 23 seconds
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#42 - Book of the Month: Range (July '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss July 2019’s book of the month, Range by David Epstein. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/42-range **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
7/28/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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#41 - Loretta Breuning: On Taming Your Anxiety

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a great conversation with Loretta Breuning. Loretta is the author of Tame Your Anxiety: Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness.  *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/41-lorettabreuning **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
7/14/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
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#40 - Book of the Month: Stumbling on Happiness (Jun '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss June 2019’s book of the month, Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/40-botmhappiness **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
6/30/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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#39 - John Crowley: A Conversation About Selling

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a great conversation with John Crowley. John is the author of Knuckle Dragging Sales: A Primitive Process to Make More Money. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/39-johncrowley **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
6/16/201952 minutes, 51 seconds
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#38 - Douglas Vigliotti: Interview on The Gap (Part II)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron interviews me about my new book, The Gap: The Little Space Between What You Know and Don’t Know. This is part two of a two-part interview. Listen to Part I of this interview: https://douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/30-douglasvigliotti *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/38-douglasvigliotti **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
6/9/201939 minutes, 10 seconds
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#37 - Book of the Month: Just Kids (May '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss May 2019’s book of the month, Just Kids by Patti Smith. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/37-justkids **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
5/26/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 27 seconds
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#36 - Daniel Pink: On Why Timing Is Everything

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an interesting conversation with Daniel Pink. Dan is the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/36-danielpink **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
5/19/201956 minutes, 1 second
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#35 - Why I Do What I Do

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, Why I Do What I Do: A Manifesto. I wrote this article to help you understand my sole intention behind why I write my books and articles (and do this show.) You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/whyIdowhatIdo. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/35-whyIdowhatIdo**Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
5/12/201912 minutes, 27 seconds
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#34 - Book of the Month: The Case Against Education (April '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss April 2019’s book of the month, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/34-thecaseagainsteducation **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
4/28/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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#33 - don Jose Ruiz: On Living Better Through Storytelling

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an inspirational conversation with don Jose Ruiz. Jose is the author of The Wisdom of the Shamans: What the Ancient Masters Can Teach Us about Love and Life. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/33-donjoseruiz **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
4/21/201951 minutes
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#32 - The Problem With Star Wars

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio articled titled, The Problem With Star Wars. I wrote this article to help you learn how to detach from your ideas, beliefs, and opinions in the moment. You can follow it word for word at https://douglasvigliotti.com/blog/the-problem-with-starwars. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/32-problemwithstarwars **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
4/14/201912 minutes, 51 seconds
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#31 - Book of the Month: Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Mar '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss March 2019’s book of the month, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/31-barkingupthewrongtree **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
3/31/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 50 seconds
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#30 - Douglas Vigliotti: Interview on The Gap (Part I)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron interviews me about my new book, The Gap: The Little Space Between What You Know and Don’t Know. This is part one of a two-part interview. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/30-douglasvigliotti **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
3/24/201939 minutes, 9 seconds
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#29 - One Bad Habit You Can't Run From

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, One Bad Habit You Can’t Run From. I wrote this article to help you confront and conquer a bad habit that affects almost everyone, almost all the time. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/one-bad-habit-you-cant-run-from. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/29-onebadhabityoucantrunfrom **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
3/17/201910 minutes, 34 seconds
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#28 - Bob Roth: The Power of Transcendental Meditation

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a really important conversation with Bob Roth. Bob is the author of Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/28-bobroth **Join my private reading list at douglasvigliotti.com/readinglist
3/10/201955 minutes, 15 seconds
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#27 - Book of the Month: Factfulness (Feb '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss February 2019’s book of the month, Factfulness: 10 Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, & Anna Rosling Ronnlund. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/27-factfulness **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
2/24/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 36 seconds
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#26 - An Urge Worth Fighting

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, An Urge Worth Fighting. I wrote this article to help you think differently competition. There’s a subtle nuance that is likely affecting your life. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/urgeworthfighting. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/26-urgeworthfighting **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
2/17/201910 minutes, 1 second
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#25 - Chip Conley: The Case for Rewiring Not Retiring

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a fun conversation with Chip Conley. Chip is the author of Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/25-chipconley **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
2/10/201927 minutes, 28 seconds
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#24 - Book of the Month: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Jan ‘19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss January 2019’s book of the month, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/24-21lessons **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
1/27/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 20 seconds
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#23 - Jay Acunzo: Why Context Matters More Than Anything

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an entertaining conversation with Jay Acunzo. Jay is the author of Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition and Do Your Best Work. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/23-jayacunzo **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
1/20/201947 minutes, 33 seconds
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#22 - Walt Disney, Apple, and Nintendo Are All Liars

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, Walt Disney, Apple, and Nintendo Are All Liars. I wrote this article to help you think differently about our noisy world. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/lemming-myth. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/22-walt-disney-apple-and-nintendo-are-all-liars **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
1/13/201915 minutes
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#21 - Rapid Fire Recap of 2018

In this special episode of It’s Not What It Seems, I wrap up 2018 with a highlight reel of this year’s guests. Specifically, I’m sharing the rapid-fire section at the end of each episode where guests answer the same three or four questions. One piece of advice they wish they’d never hear again One quote or motto they live their lives by One book that’s impacted their thinking One thing they want to tell the world “It’s Not What It Seems” These questions brought so much gold. I think you’ll find some inspiration to take with you into 2019. Are you looking to hear a particular guest? Skip right to them. Steve Sims (4:50) Loretta Breuning (6:57) Annie Duke (9:15) Mark Goulston (13:21) Herb Cohen (16:40) Ryan Serhant (19:18) Greg Mckeown (21:40) Annie Duke (23:11) Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. (29:25) Bradley Tusk (32:57) Tyler Cowen (38:19) Jay Baer (43:23) Martin Gurri (47:20) Joe Sweeney (50:26) Seth Godin (53:28)   *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/21-rapidfirerecap2018 **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
12/23/201857 minutes, 6 seconds
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#20 - Seth Godin: This Isn’t Marketing, It’s So Much More

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an enlightening conversation with the one and only, Seth Godin. Seth is the author of This is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/20-sethgodin **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
12/16/201850 minutes, 22 seconds
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#19 - Joe Sweeney: On Improving Education and Making Better Decisions

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an educational conversation with Joe Sweeney. Joe is the Executive Director of How I Decide, the foundation dedicated to bringing decision skills and critical thinking to youth education. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/19-joesweeney **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
12/9/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 1 second
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#18 - Martin Gurri: How New Media Has Changed Public Opinion

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an interesting conversation with Martin Gurri. Martin is the author ofThe Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/18-martingurri **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
12/2/201849 minutes, 35 seconds
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#17 - The Hope Model

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, The Hope Model. I wrote this article to show you a 3-step process that could change your life. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/the-hope-model. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/17-thehopemodel **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
11/25/201811 minutes, 52 seconds
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#16 - Jay Baer: A Better Way to Get People Talking About You

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an awesome conversation with Jay Baer. Jay is the author of Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/16-jaybaer **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
11/18/201852 minutes, 37 seconds
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#15 - Tyler Cowen: On How to Improve Society and Change the World

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an eye-opening conversation with Tyler Cowen. Tyler is the author of Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/15-tylercowen **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
11/11/201844 minutes, 53 seconds
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#14 - Bradley Tusk: The Truth About Politics and Politicians

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an entertaining conversation with Bradley Tusk. Bradley is the author ofThe Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/14-bradleytusk **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
11/4/201854 minutes, 21 seconds
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#13 - 5 Ways to Embrace the Unknown

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, 5 Ways to Embrace the Unknown. I wrote this article to help you handle uncertainty in your life. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/5-ways-to-embrace-the-unknown. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/13-embracetheunknown **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
10/28/201810 minutes, 41 seconds
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#12 - don Miguel Ruiz Jr: An Ancient Philosophy for Modern Times

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a spiritual conversation with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. Miguel is the author of don Miguel Ruiz’s Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings.  *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/12-donmiguelruizjr **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
10/21/201856 minutes, 34 seconds
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#11 - Annie Duke: On Making Decisions Under Pressure & Battling Stereotypes

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a wide-ranging conversation with my first repeat guest, Annie Duke. Annie and I had so much fun during our first conversation (Episode #4) we decided to do it all over again.  *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/11-annieduke **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks 
10/14/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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#10 - Greg Mckeown: How to Discover Who You're Meant to Be

In today’s episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an essential conversation with Greg Mckeown. Greg is the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/10-gregmckeown **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
10/7/201852 minutes, 59 seconds
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#9 - 12 Breadcrumbs That Might Help You Find Your Way

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, 12 Breadcrumbs That Might Help You Find Your Way. I wrote this article to show you twelve things I do every single day. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/12-breadcrumbs-find-your-way. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/12-breadcrumbs **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
9/30/201811 minutes, 39 seconds
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#8 - Ryan Serhant: Sales Secrets of a Real Estate Mogul

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have an entertaining conversation with Ryan Serhant. Ryan is the author of Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/8-ryanserhant **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
9/23/201848 minutes, 36 seconds
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#7 - Herb Cohen: The World's Best Negotiator

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a great conversation with Herb Cohen. Herb is the author of You Can Negotiate Anything! *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/7-herbcohen **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
9/16/201858 minutes, 2 seconds
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#6 - Mark Goulston: Dealing with the Impossible People in Your Life

In this episode of the, It's Not What It Seems podcast, I have a compassionate conversation with Mark Goulston, MD. Mark is the author of Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life.  *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/6-markgoulston **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
9/9/201856 minutes, 47 seconds
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#5 - The Most Important Question You're NOT Asking

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, The Most Important Question You're NOT Asking. I wrote this article to unveil the key question that's going to help you sell more of whatever you're selling. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/the-most-important-question-youre-not-asking. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/5-questionyourenotasking **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
9/2/20188 minutes, 47 seconds
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#4 - Annie Duke: Life Lessons, Poker Stories, & Decision Strategies

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a fun conversation with Annie Duke. Annie is the author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/4-annieduke **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
8/26/201851 minutes, 13 seconds
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#3 - Loretta Breuning: Rewiring Your Brain for Happiness

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a joyful conversation with Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D. Loretta is the author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, and Endorphin Levels. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/3-lorettabreuning **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks  
8/19/201850 minutes, 19 seconds
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#2 - Steve Sims: The Modern Day Wizard of Oz

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I have a down-to-earth conversation with Steve Sims. Steve is the author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/2-stevesims **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
8/14/201855 minutes, 47 seconds
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#1 - The Outcome Fallacy

  In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, I share an audio article titled, The Outcome Fallacy. I wrote this article to help you think differently about the outcomes in your life. You can follow it word for word at douglasvigliotti.com/blog/theoutcomefallacy. *See show notes at douglasvigliotti.com/podcast/1-theoutcomefallacy **Enter to win a 3-book gift pack at douglasvigliotti.com/freebooks
8/13/201811 minutes, 1 second
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Trailer: What is It's Not What It Seems?

Introducing the new podcast from bestselling author and sales strategist Doug Vigliotti. It will inspire you to be more open-minded. In this show, you'll hear discussions with creatives, professionals, and entrepreneurs about their work, ideas, and processes. You'll also get monthly audio-articles to maybe, possibly, hopefully, help you think differently. Think audiobook, but significantly shorter. And anything else that could help you be more open-minded. If you have any questions about the podcast, please visit us at http://douglasvigliotti.com/podcast Thank you for listening! Don’t forget to subscribe and rate “It’s Not What It Seems” podcast on your favorite podcast provider.  
8/6/20183 minutes, 54 seconds