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10 Books That Touched Me

open-book-on-top-of-pile-of-booksMy friend Dawnna tagged me in a Facebook post where she listed 10 books that stayed with her for one reason or another. The goal is simply writing down 10 books that touched you without listing them in any particular order or over analyzing what should or shouldn’t be included. Then, you have to tag five friends and ask them to do the same. Since I thought this was a cool idea, I’m turning my list into a blog post. Please feel free to list your “10 Books That Touched You” in the comments section below.

  1. The Mark – Jason Pinter
  2. It – Stephen King
  3. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  4. The Innocent – Harlan Coben
  5. Six Years – Harlan Coben
  6. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke – Suze Orman
  7. Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life – Donald Trump
  8. No Way Back – Andrew Gross
  9. Sex Money KISS – Gene Simmons
  10. Napalm & Silly Putty – George Carlin

George Carlin – Fear of Germs

20121114-224514.jpgFive years ago, today, the smartest man I ever met died: George Carlin. No one has made me laugh harder or think more critically. He was a comedic genius and a modern-day philosopher that left an indelible mark on my life. I’ll always smile – and laugh – when I think of George.

The first comedy special of his I saw was You Are All Diseased. Below is a terrific clip from that show about society’s fear of germs. Enjoy!

George Carlin – Soft Language

George Carlin - Soft LanguageAs a writer, I love words. But as George Carlin pointed out in the brilliant comedy segment below, our language has become softer over the years. Get your Friday off on the right foot with this hysterical piece of comedic gold. You’ll love it!

George Carlin – The Ten Commandments

George-Carlin-Complaints-and-GrievancesGeorge Carlin may be dead, but his timeless body of work lives on. Here’s one of my favorite bits:

Review: Louis C.K. Live

Louis C.K.Tonight I saw Louis C.K. live for the first time, and he was great. As many of you know, George Carlin is my all-time favorite comedian. He is quickly followed by Lewis Black, and Louis C.K. is right up there. If his career continues on this trajectory, Louis C.K. will be considered a comedic legend in 40 years.

Tonight was night two of three sold-out shows in Philadelphia. Unless you’re Jerry Seinfeld, whose humor puts me to sleep, selling out more than one night in a row is unheard of in stand-up comedy. While the crowd was fairly diverse, a large portion of it consisted of young people. Similar to George Carlin, Louis C.K. seems to strike a cord with the youth of America. Perhaps it’s the irreverent humor or his self-deprecating personality. The only thing that’s certain is he’s got a winning formula.

I won’t reveal any of the jokes he told during the show, because you should see Louis C.K. live for yourself. If you can’t, you’ll be glad to know that he’s having several of the shows in February recorded for an upcoming HBO special. That said, I can reveal that he touched on a variety of subjects including: pedophilia, aging, food allergies, and patriotism. Needless to say, he infused all of these topics, and more, with witty observations and a twisted sense of humor.

If you get a chance to see Louis C.K. on this tour, do so. He’s charging only $45 for every ticket (including fees and taxes), regardless of where you sit. For your money you get two compelling hours of comedy you won’t soon forget.

For the uninitiated, below is one of Louis C.K.’s classic bits.

Louis CK Honors George Carlin

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Louis CK is one of the best comedians around, so it’s no surprise that he was heavily influenced by the late, great George Carlin. Below is Louis CK’s touching thoughts on Carlin, which he shared during a tribute to the comedic legend in March 2010.

George Carlin On Cats

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George Carlin’s third HBO special, Carlin at Carnegie, featured an excellent bit about cats. For anyone that’s interacted with these cute creatures on a regular basis, the following clip will make you nod in agreement as well as laugh out loud. Enjoy!

George Carlin: Saving The Planet

George Carlin was a thinking man’s comedian. This was beautifully exemplified in the following brilliant segment about saving the planet. Enjoy!

George Carlin: Football vs. Baseball

George Carlin was a brilliant comedian. If you’ve never seen it, you have to check out the video below comparing baseball to football. Even if you’re not a big sports fan, it’s extremely entertaining.

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