'When indefatigable obsession looms large as it does in Thomas Bernhard (and his revered precursor Kafka) the result for the reader is a strange exhilaration and the thrall at being admitted into the mind of a maddened, magical genius.' - Edna O'Brien Mid-century Austria. Three aspiring concert pianists - Wertheimer, Glenn Gould, and the narrator - have dedicated their lives to achieving the status of a virtuoso. But one day, two of them overhear Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, and his incomparable genius instantly destroys them both. They are forced to abandon their musical ambitions: Wertheimer, over a tortured process of disintegration that sees him becoming obsessed with both writing and his own sister, with whom he has a quasi-incestuous relationship culminating in death; and the narrator, instantly, retreating into obscurity to write a book that he periodically destroys and restarts. Written as a monologue in one remarkable unbroken paragraph, Thomas Bernhard's dazzling meditation on failure, genius, and fame is a radical new reading experience: musical, paralysing, raging, and inimitable.
I am writing a story of my life. I went into the produce business when I was 12 years old. In 1967 I met and worked for the biggest Teamster boss in the world for nine months. He was sent to prison and later on that same year I was sent to prison. I’ve been in and out the prison system for 35 years and wrongly convicted three times. In 1986, I worked for the FBI and was promised 15% of all money collected in the raids, which was 4.2 million after 28 million was collected to express twisted justice.
Michael hates his job, he has been doing it for fifteen years. Day after day he has been answering calls for a company that hardly knows he exists. His only company is a failed , mildly alcoholic actress who annoys him with her terrible "Musical Theatre voice". With no future prospects in the horizon, Michael is a mixture of anger and frustration. This is a short story from the perspective of one of the many anonymous people we see going to work day after day, week after week, year after year with no expectation of making any impact on the world at large.
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The traditional investment management approach is based on a single core belief: investors can beat the market, and superior managers will beat the market. That optimistic expectation was reasonable 50 years ago, but not today. Times have changed the markets so much in so many major ways that the premise has proven unrealistic. #2 The difference between a winner’s game and a loser’s game is that in a winner’s game, the outcome is determined by the correct actions of the winner, while in a loser’s game, the outcome is determined by the mistakes made by the loser. #3 The two games are fundamentally opposed. Professional tennis is a winner’s game: the outcome is determined by the actions of the winner. Amateur tennis is a loser’s game: the outcome is determined by the actions of the loser, who defeats himself or herself. #4 The new rules of the money game are extremely difficult for active mutual fund investment managers to overcome. To at least break even, they must return more than 10. 25 percent before all their costs.
In the early nineties, Beck sang 'I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me?' and changed everything. Suddenly, it wasn't so bad to be a nerd or an oddball; loser chic had begun. Ten years later, after all the computer nerds have had the last laugh, Jon Paul Fiorentino turns to Thorstein Veblen's seminal social science text from 1899, The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen's book introduced to our culture the terms 'conspicuous consumption' and 'nouveau riche'; it identified a new demographic, the leisure class, and demarcated its position in culture. The Theory of the Loser Class, then, is an art manifesto for the aesthetics and ethics of loser culture. If the Anthony Michael Hall character in The Breakfast Club wrote poems (and, deep down, you know that he did), they'd probably read a lot like The Theory of the Loser Class. Drawing on texts ranging from Thorstein Veblen's groundbreaking The Theory of the Leisure Class to Star Wars (the nerd Bible) for inspiration, this carefully crafted suite of poems documents the tribulations and insecurities of everyone's inner geek. Fiorentino maps the psychic territory of abjection across the shopworn spaces of suburban Winnipeg, where a landscape of aging strip malls, burned-out houses and living rooms littered with video-game consoles serves as a mirror to the inner states of urban ennui among the socially inept and the culturally vexed. By turns compassionate, funny and filled with selfloathing, The Theory of the Loser Class is never without the possibility of redemption; 'And if a loser falls, ' says the narrator of 'Right in the Spine, ' 'I feel it.' The Theory of the Loser Class is the perfect soundtrack for the alienated and the hopeless.
The Classic Guide to Winning on Wall Street—Completely Updated and Expanded! “The best book about investing? The answer is simple: Winning the Loser’s Game. Using compelling data and pithy stories, Charley Ellis has captured beautifully in this new and expanded edition of his classic work the most important lessons regarding investing. In today's unforgiving environment, it's a must-read!” F. William McNabb III, Chief Executive Officer and President, Vanguard “Charley Ellis has been one of the most influential investment writers for decades. This classic should be required reading for both individual and institutional investors.” Burton Malkiel, author, A Random Walk Down Wall Street “No one understands what it takes to be a successful investor better than Charley Ellis and no one explains it more clearly or eloquently. This updated investment classic belongs on every investor’s bookshelf.” Consuelo Mack, Anchor and Managing Editor, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack “A must-reread classic, refreshed and updated with the latest ‘lessons to be learned’ from the 2008-2009 market events.” Martin Leibowitz, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Research “Winning the Loser’s Game has long been required reading for professional investors. . . . This elegant volume explores approaches for individuals such as relying on intellect rather than emotion, and building a personal portfolio by taking advantage of what other investors already know.” Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs & Co “This is less a book about competition than about sound money management. Sounder than Charley Ellis they do not come.” Andrew Tobias, author, The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need About the Book: Peter Drucker referred to Winning the Loser's Game as “by far the best book on investment policy and management.” Now, in it's fifth edition, the investing classic has been updated and improved. With refreshing candor, straight talk, and good humor, Winning the Loser’s Game helps individual investors succeed with their investments and control their financial futures. Ellis, dubbed “Wall Street’s Wisest Man” by Money magazine, has been showing investors for three decades how stock markets really work and what individuals can do to be sure they are long-term winners. Applying wisdom gained from half a century of working with the leading investment managers and securities firms around the world, Ellis explains how to avoid common traps and get on the road to investment success. Winning the Loser’s Game helps you set realistic objectives and develop a sensible strategy. You will learn how to: Create an investment program based on the realities of markets Use the “unfair” index fund to succeed, even in tumultuous markets Institute an annual review process to steer your investments well into the future Maximize investing success through five stages, from earning and saving through investing, estate planning, and giving The need for a trustworthy investing guide has never been greater. Sixty million individuals with 401(k)s are now responsible for making important investment decisions. They know they’re not experts but don’t know whom to trust. Winning the Loser’s Game explains why conventional investing is a loser’s game, and how you can easily make it a winner’s game!
An English version of a novel by Fatos Kongoli. Why does Thesar Lumi disembark from the refugee ship to Italy and return to his home town? The question posed at the beginning of this compelling novel is answered as his life story is gradually revealed.
The premise of Winning the Loser's Game--that individual investors can achieve far greater success working with financial markets than against them--has grown increasingly popular in today's hard-to-predict markets.
The definitive guide to long-term investing success—fully updated to address the realities of today’s markets Technology, information overload, and increasing market dominance by expert investors and computers make it harder than ever to produce investing results that overcome operating costs and fees. Winning the Loser’s Game reveals everything you need to know to reduce costs, fees, and taxes, and focus on long-term policies that are right for you. Candid, short, and super easy to read, Winning the Loser’s Game walks you through the process of developing and implementing a powerful investing strategy that generates solid profits year after year. In this eagerly awaited new edition, Charles D. Ellis applies the expertise developed over his long, illustrious career. This updated edition includes: NEW CHAPTERS on bond investing, how investor behavior affects returns, and how technology and big data are challenging traditional investment decisions NEW RESEARCH and evidence supporting the case for indexing investment operations NEW INSIGHTS into the role of governance, developing a comprehensive saving strategy, and the power of regression to the mean Companies change, and markets and economies go up and down—sometimes a lot. But the core principles of successful investing never change—and never will. That’s why, when you’ve read this book, you’ll know all you really need to know to be successful in investing. With Winning the Loser’s Game, you have everything you need to identify your unique investment objectives, develop a realistic and powerful investment program, and drive superior results.
Uncover profitable trading opportunities by exploiting the multiple time frames traded by different market participants In virtually all traded markets there are traders working on short-term, medium-term, and long-term perspectives. Each class of trader has different keys for entering and exiting the market. By identifying those keys and understanding where these traders intersect, a trader can spot profitable trading opportunities. In Time Compression in Trading, author Jason Jankovsky explains the structure of the market through the prism of the time frames of different trader groups. In practical terms, he shows how to identify the probable entry and exit points of short term, medium term, and long term traders. He also explains why traders should pay particular attention to the weakest and strongest hands in a market in order to trade in concert with the stronger market players. Breaks new ground in its analysis of market structure and at the same time, provides practical, actionable ideas for better trading Reveals how to profit from the actions of market participants operating in different time frames Discusses why traders should pay close attention to the time frames of other traders when analyzing markets If you want to learn how to trade more effectively by understanding market structure and what other traders are doing, Time Compression in Trading is a must read.