Category: Books

  • Step 1: Giving the outline to AI

    This post begins documenting my experience of writing a book with AI. As mentioned in my last post, I had submitted a traditional book proposal to a major publisher in October 2008 and was turned down because I was not a celebrity. Also, the stock markets had dropped almost ten percent in a single day,…

  • I asked AI to write the book I never got around to

    One of the most intriguing aspects of the current wave of generative AI tools is speed: vast amounts of text can be generated in seconds. Why not write an entire book with the help of AI? In 2008 I enjoyed a bustling career as a freelance financial writer, addressing topics like retirement investing, wealth management,…

  • Ways to use generative AI text in marketing

    You are probably not old enough to remember the introduction of pocket calculators in the 1960s/70s. The widely shared worry was that people and especially children would forget how to multiply and perform other basic mathematical operations. Instead, what happened was that people forgot the drudgery of long division and operations on larger numbers (“seven…

  • Beyond perfect

    “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” attributed to Voltaire, is a bit of wisdom about diminishing returns. Seeking perfection by improving something that is adequately good for the task at hand is a fool’s goal. We can all identify with losing hours, weeks, or years in pursuit of some imagined but elusive standard of…

  • Books read 2023

    Books read 2023

    Books! Best to worst. Benjamin Labatut, The MANIAC Brilliant writing forms a coincidental cultural counterpoint to the (excellent) Oppenheimer film. Robert Hillburn, Paul Simon Thorough chronicle of the great American songwriter. Howard Jacobson, Live a Little and J Both humorous. Ling Ma, Bliss Montage Short stories that are quite imaginative in structure and language. Andrea…

  • Books read 2022

    Books read 2022

    Books! Best to worst. Colm Toibin, The Magician Superb. There is a serious factual error in the last chapter that I pointed out to Toibin on his website, but his response is nonexistent. Labatut, Benjamín, When We Cease to Understand the World Superb. Dan Charnas, dilla time Excellent narrative, thoroughly researched, brimming with ideas like the geographic grid…