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THE ASS IS A POOR RECEPTACLE FOR THE HEAD |  BE THE MONKEY


THE ASS IS A POOR RECEPTACLE FOR THE HEAD—Why Democrats Suck At Communication, And How They Could Improve
(A Political Essay)


The Ass is a Poor Receptacle for the Head
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Regardless of what you think of their policies, the sad truth is that Democrats suck at selling their ideas to the public. In this hilarious and hard-hitting essay, best-selling novelist and political blogger Barry Eisler draws on his expertise in narrative, his CIA training in persuasion, his time as an international intellectual property lawyer, and his background in technology marketing to offer Democrats some sound advice on how to improve their communications strategy. Borrowing principles from judo and boxing; using examples from advertising, movies, plays, speeches, and debates; and offering case studies of actual policy rollout successes and disasters, Eisler encourages Democrats to force Republicans to fight on Democratic terms, to use Republicans' own moves against them, and to not just slip a punch, but to hammer their opponents into a rhetorical corner and knock them the hell out.

The Ass is a Poor Receptacle is about 10,000 words, or about 50 pages in paper.

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BE THE MONKEY—A Conversation About The New World Of Publishing Between Barry Eisler And Joe Konrath


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This is a three-part, live Google Docs discussion between authors J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler. It examines the history and mechanics of the publishing industry as it exists today, analyzes the way the digital revolution reflects recent events in Egypt and the Maghreb, and considers a completely inappropriate YouTube video featuring a randy monkey and an unlucky frog. It reveals some pretty startling things and is available for free.

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You can download it to your Amazon Kindle. There is also a program called Kindle for PC that will allow you to download it from the Kindle store and read it on your PC, a program called Kindle for Android that will allow you to download it from the Kindle store and read it on your Android device, and a program called Kindle for Mac (available from Amazon and Apple's App Store) that will allow you to download it from the Kindle store and read it on your Mac computer, iPad, or iPhone.