PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S COMMENTS:
“Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested” – Francis Bacon.
I look for, collect and read those few books I think are worth chewing on and afterwards report on some of them on this blog.
Likewise, I report on some of the few movies, ideas, places and experiences I feel are worthy of being chewed and thought about after experiencing and chewing and thinking a great deal about them.
The end-goal of this blog (the “Gary Smolker Idea Exchange” blog) is to be the predominant center for the worldwide exchange of significant and influential ideas.
This blog is published for people who want to be more literate, who want to be more self-aware, be more knowledgeable, and who are always curious, always learning always something new and are comfortable with becoming a new person. Such persons are open to learning and constantly seeking to learn more.
QUESTION: What are the character traits of the people for whom this blog is published?
This blog is published for people who are passionately curious, who love to think about and discover the “reason” behind real issues, for people who want to understand human behavior, for people who want to have a constant pulse on what is going on and for people who are focused on personal growth.
This blog is published for people who think “thinking” is part of the reality people have to think about, for people who want to know if other people think about things the same way they do and why other people don’t think the same way they do.
This blog is published for people who realize it is one thing to discover the facts. It is another thing to understand the facts.
I publish this blog to raise my own consciousness, to raise other people’s consciousness and to share information worth sharing.
Wherever you are in the world, you are invited to correspond directly with me by email.
My email address is email@example.com.
[A] This blog is published for people interested in better understanding the course and paths of social, political and economic events that are shaping the business, political, legal and social environment.
[B] This blog is published for people who want to make an impact on the world by sharing their experiences, by being inspirational and by advancing civilization.
[C] This blog is published for people who want to know how other people think and why other people think the way they do.
[D] This blog is written for people who desire to be exposed to other people’s thinking, ideas, perspectives, opinions, and cultures and who desire to be exposed to other people’s real life experiences.
- I approach writing this blog as if you and I were sitting at a table in a cafe engaged in an intense interesting conversation with each other.
- I want to be engaged in an intense conversation with people (a) who are animated with a sense of fun and the anticipation of discovery, (b) who have an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning, and (c) who are committed to test knowledge through experience and are willing to learn from mistakes.
- I want to be engaged in intense conversation with people who have a recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena.
- I have considered the curious paradox that when people accept themselves just as they are, they can then change.
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, Pawn Sacrifice, Interstellar, The Judge, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Imitation Game, Woman in Gold.
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”; Peter Thiel’s “Zero to One”; Sheena Iyengar’s “The Art of Choosing”; Michael J. Gelb’s “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci; Brian R. Little’s “Me, Myself, and Us”; 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”; Donald L. Miller’s “Supreme City”; Jean Claude Gautrand’s “Paris ~ Portrait of a City”; David McCullough’s “The Greater Journey – Americans in Paris”, Joan DeJean’s “The Essence of Style – How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour”; Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas’ “How to be Parisian Wherever You are; Paul Veyne’s “Bread and Circuses – Historical Sociology and Political Pluralism”, Fernand Braudel’s “Afterthoughs on Material Civilization and Capitalism”, 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”, Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run,”John J. Ratye’s “Spark”, 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”, Jon Meacham’s “American Lion”, Scott Anderson’s “Lawrence in Arabia”, Simon Sebag Montefiore’s “Jerusalem”, Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”; Kelly Williams Brown’s “Adulting – How To Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps”; Amelia Morris’ “Bon Appetempt – A Coming of Age Story (with Recipes!); Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods”‘ Anne Sinclair’s “My Grandfather’s Gallery”; Dianna Vreeland’s “The Eye Has to Travel”; Debra N. Mancoff’s “Fashion Muse” and Eric Boman’s “Rare Bird of Fashion – The Irreverent Iris Apfel”; Mathew Pearl’s “The Last Bookaneer”; David Brooks’ “The Road to Character”; Annette Simmons’ “Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins”; Stephen Apkon’s “The Age of Image”; Francesca Bonazzoli and Michele Robecchi’s “Mona Lisa to Marge” “The Book of Symbols” edited by Ami Ronnberg and Kathleen Martin.
Previous posts discuss general release films and films which I’ve seen at world premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Palm Springs International Film Festival before they were in general release.
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 with the practices of the medical profession, (d) changing diet and lifestyle instead of taking pills to prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cognitive impairment, (e) getting along with other people, (f) understanding how other people think, (g) understanding what makes other people tick, and (h) learning through interacting with other people.
I try to connect people who are the best at what they do with people who will appreciate what they do.
I share the best ideas I come across.
I seek to be part of the process by which great books, great films, great ideas expose people to valuable new ideas and ways of thinking.
I also seek to be part of the process by which people connect to themselves and to other people.
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.
Happiness happens when your life is filled with projects that are meaningful to you, manageable, socially connected and involve a higher ratio of positive to negative emotions.
For personal relationships to “work” it helps if your partner values your projects and vice a versa.
The best predictor of relational satisfaction is the degree of emotional support each person in the relationship gives to the other party.
Emotional support is the best predictor of relational satisfaction and success.
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.
According to WordPress, in 2014 people in 108 different countries viewed the Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog.
In 2014, the top twenty countries in number of views of the Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog were: (1) United States, (2) Canada, (3) United Kingdom, (4) Australia, (5) Germany, (6) Philippines, (7) India, (8) Mexico, (9) Spain, (10) France (11) Netherlands, (12) Malaysia, (13) Indonesia, (14) Brazil, (15) Republic of Korea, (16) Singapore, (17) South Africa, (18) Italy, (19) Poland, (20) Nigeria.
According to WordPress, in 2014 people in New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, Sweden, Russian Federation, Israel, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Colombia, Switzerland, Pakistan, Greece and Taiwan also viewed this blog.
NEW POSTING SCHEDULE AND NOTIFICATION OF NEW POSTINGS
New postings on this blog are posted irregularly.
Once a post is posted it is often revised.
It might take a long time (i.e. more than one month) for any post to become completely finished.
I post each post when I believe I have said enough about what I have written about but as time passes I often think of more I want to say and consequently I often update and/or revise each of my posts as time goes by.
Because I am not the kind of man who can stand still and be satisfied, and because I feel the need to keep building and improving, I often update and or revise each one of my posts after they have been originally posted on my blog.
I appreciate the following statement attributed to wine maker Ernest Gallo, “My first grade teacher told me I was the dumbest student she ever had. She did me a favor. If she had told me I was very smart, I wouldn’t have tried to improve.”
I also appreciate the following statement attributed to singer Lady Gaga, “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
I also appreciate the following statement attributed to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, “Managing by trying to be liked is the path to ruin.”