Tag: Practical

Nev Schulman – In Real Life | Review

Title: In Real Life

Author: Nev Schulman

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 246

Rating 3.5/5



If you’ve ever watched MTV’s Catfish then you’ve already heard of Schulman. He’s the guy who presents the show, and in fact he earlier presented a documentary of the same name about his own experience as a victim of catfishing. Oh, and catfishing, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is when people pretend to be someone they’re not on a social networking site.

What was quite cool about this is that you get to know Schulman some more as a person, and it turns out that he wasn’t always the greatest of guys. In fact, it almost feels as though he wrote this book to come to terms with the person he was as a youth, when he got into fights, sold weed and magic mushrooms and was a bit of a womaniser.

But at the same time as telling his own story, Schulman also shares practical advice that’s designed to help other people to stay safe on social networking sites, and that makes it a little similar to one of my own books, Social Paranoia. He did it well though, and even though the book is a couple of years old by now, I think it’s held up well to the passage of time. I’d recommend it to fans of the show, but probably not to general readers. Yeah.



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Dave Trott – One + One = Three | Review

Title: One + One = Three

Author: Dave Trott

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 232

Rating: 4*/5


Dave Trott - One Plus One Equals Three

Dave Trott – One Plus One Equals Three


I’ve read some of Dave Trott’s stuff in the past, and it always follows a vaguely similar formula. He has a very unique writing style in which he writes in short, repetitive sentences and where he basically shares some stories and then tells you what the moral is.

Here, the stories are all about thinking outside the box and finding opportunities where you might not have expected them. So for example, he uses a story about German U-boats in the First World War to show how by forging ahead with a plan that other people ridicule, you can potentially take people unawares and force them to totally rethink conventional wisdom.

Really, it’s more of an inspirational book than a practical hands-on guide, because it’s not going to just give you a list of steps to follow if you want to get things done. Rather, it’ll help you to think in a different way, and that in itself might be all you need to get an edge over the competition.

And the best thing is that while Dave Trott is an advertising man, the ideas here can be applied just as easily to pretty much any form of creativity. It’s certainly given me a few ideas that I’ll apply to my writing.


Dave Trott

Dave Trott


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