PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S COMMENTS:
The end-goal of this blog (the “Gary Smolker Idea Exchange” blog) is to be the predominant center of the worldwide exchange of influential ideas.
QUESTION: Who is this blog published for?
This blog is published for people who are passionately curious, who love to think about and discover the “reason” behind real issues, who want to understand human behavior and want to have a constant pulse on what is going on.
This blog is published for people who think “thinking” is part of the reality people have to think about.
I publish this blog to raise my own and other people’s consciousness.
Wherever you are in the world, you are invited to correspond directly with me by email.
My email address is email@example.com.
That being said:
[A] This blog is published for people interested in better understanding the course and paths of social, political and economic events who want to make an impact on the world.
[B] This blog is written for people who desire to be exposed to other people’s thinking, ideas, perspectives, opinions, cultures and real life experiences and want to be educational and inspirational.
- I approach writing this blog as if you and I were sitting at a table in a cafe inspiring each other while playing a game of intellectual/aesthetic ping-pong – being engaged in intense conversation; both of us animated with a sense of fun and the anticipation of discovery.
Previous posts contain reviews and comments on popular movies such as Django Unchained, Lincoln, 12 Years A Slave, The Butler, Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom, Belle, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Midnight’s Children, This Is My Land, Hannah Arendt, Can A Song Save Your Life?, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, The Book Thief, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, Black and White, A Little Chaos, The Theory of Everything, Ruth & Alex, The Great Beauty, Top Five, and Pawn Sacrifice.
Previous posts discuss world famous chefs and businessmen such as Grant Achatz and Isadore Sharp and how they got to be the “best” at what they do.
Previous posts also discuss and comment on ideas presented in non-fiction books such as Seth Godin’s “All Marketeers Are Liars”; Stan Slap’s “Bury My Heart in Conference Room B”; Sheena Iyengar’s “The Art of Choosing”; Fred Davis’ “Fashion, Culture and Identity”; Debra N. Mancoff’s “Fashion Muse – The Inspiration Behind Iconic Design”, Harold Evans’ “They Made America”; General Stanley McChrystal’s “My Share of the Task, A Memoir”; Jose Ortega y Gasset’s “The Dehumanization of Art”; Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers – The Story of Success”; Ren Koolhaas’ “Delirious New York”; Jean Claude Gautrand’s “Paris ~ Portrait of a City”; Joan DeJean’s “The Essence of Style – How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour”; Paul Veyne’s “Bread and Circuses – Historical Sociology and Political Pluralism”, Ping Fu’s “Bend, Not Break”, Tom Rath’s “Eat Move Sleep”, William Davis’ “Wheat Belly”, John McDougall’s “The Starch Solution”, David Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain”, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.’s “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” Dean Ornish’s “the Spectrum”, Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”, Pierre Bourdieu’s “Distinction – A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste”, Jacques Barzun’s “The Culture We Deserve”, Elias Canetti’s “Crowds and Power”, Carroll Quigley’s “The Evolution of Civilizations”, Fernand Braudel’s “Afterthoughts on Material Civilization and Capitalism”, Jon Meacham’s “American Lion”, Scott Anderson’s “Lawrence in Arabia”, Simon Sebag Montefiore’s “Jerusalem” and Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods.”
Previous posts discuss general release films and films which I’ve seen at the Toronto International Film Festival and/or at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Previous posts (a) discuss how to judge the quality and distinction of a film, (b) report on the early work and debuting works by gifted new film directors and (c) discuss and highlight the work of established master film makers.
Previous posts also discuss quintessential experiences I have had in New York City, in New Orleans, in Chicago, in Toronto, in Paris, in Prague, in London, Moscow, Vienna, Rome, Cairo, Alexandria, Athens, and in Istanbul.
Previous posts discuss what I have learned through my own personal experience with respect to down to earth challenges such as (a) losing weight, (b) coping with the glut of available information regarding health and wellness, (c) dealing effectively and efficiently with the practices of the medical profession and (d) changing diet and lifestyle instead of taking pills to prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cognitive impairment.
I try to connect people who are the best at what they do and the best ideas to the right people at the right time.
I seek to be part of the process by which great books, great films, great ideas and the Internet bring people of our world closer together, and connect them to themselves and to each other.
PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S PHILOSOPHY:
Exceptional things come when passion comes first.
Life should be led with fun, passion, joy and a sense of style.
Ideas are the ultimate creator of wealth.
To be an exceptional leader you need to be an exceptional sharer of information.
THE GOALS OF THIS BLOG ARE (1) TO SHARE IDEAS, INSIGHTS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES; (2) TO STIMULATE THINKING; (3) TO EXPOSE PEOPLE TO THINGS WORTH KNOWING AND THINKING ABOUT AND (4) TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD.
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New postings on this blog are posted irregularly.
Once a post is posted it is often revised. Each revision is posted in real-time as it is being written.
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