James D. Scurlock Foreclosures are hitting record highs; Americans are declaring bankruptcy at rates ten times that during the great Depression; more college students drop out because of debts than due to poor grades; reports of debtor suicides proliferate in the media. In other words, it's a great time to be in the banking business.
Maxed Out takes us on a road trip that is sometimes hysterical and often horrifying: from Las Vegas to the Bible Belt, from the backwoods to inner cities, where the world's largest financial giants troll for their next victims. Welcome to a country populated by debt pirates, corporate predators, human credit card billboards, debt evangelists, megamillion-dollar spec homes, and, of course, trillions of dollars of easy credit.
Combining startling facts with even more startling examinations of individuals, institutions, the government, and modern religion, James Scurlock separates the myths (there is "good debt" and "bad debt") from the harsh reality (corporations partner with colleges to target today's youth; credit reports are riddled with errors that will never be fixed; and death, for many of those in trouble, is the only way out).
At a time when the financial industry posts ever-higher profits even as its clients drown in the flood of easy credit, Scurlock exposes very real, potentially disastrous systems and policies that are consuming millions of Americans. Maxed Out takes readers on a wickedly smart and entertaining tour of what one interviewee calls "the last taboo."
James D. Scurlock My name is James. My dog’s name is Fonzie. I named him Fonzie because I wanted him to be cool. He is a Shiba Inu, which in Japanese means “little brushwood dog.” Fonzie does not believe that he is little. He is a neurotic, disobedient, insanely stubborn, handsome and utterly loyal dog. This is our (little) story.
James D. Scurlock In his follow-up to the award-winning Maxed Out book and documentary, James D. Scurlock tackles another national scandal leading up to a crisis far bigger than the financial industry meltdown of 2008. In the same infectious prose as Maxed Out, but requiring only a third of the pages and a single, metaphor-laden jaunt to Las Vegas, Scurlock reveals how free money has become the new easy credit—and how this has turned the economy, and the country, upside down.
James D. Scurlock Candy is the pick of the litter and while everyone seems to want her, no one wants to keep her. An allegory, based on the owner’s own Shiba Inu “rescue,” of realizing our true natures and finding the balance between giving and receiving love.
James D. Scurlock The curator of the popular Instagram account @BigWorldSmallDogs shares photos and stories from his experience owning and/or raising ten Shiba Inu dogs. If you own a Shiba Inu or are thinking of adding one to your family, this book is an indispensable guide, filled with beautiful photos, heart-warming stories and a few cautionary tales.
James D. Scurlock Lorene Scurlock was born to strict Southern Baptist parents on a small farm in North Texas, married a bookish state auditor and became a multi-millionaire in the Texas oil boom. She saw it all, from the Depression to 9/11 and she imparted her wisdom to me, her Ivy League-educated grandson, in a series of twangy idioms that managed to express her life’s tragedies and triumphs. Having realized that I learned more from her than my very expensive education(s), I’ve decided to tell the stories behind the idioms and then go a step further by investigating the scientific basis (or lack thereof) of Grammy’s sayings. Hopefully you’ll learn as much reading this book as I have writing it.
James D. Scurlock Two months after 9/11, James Scurlock moved to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker. There he met Yolanda Garcia, an immigrant mother of three who foraged the alleys of Venice Beach for recyclables in order to send her three children to college. After Yolanda’s eldest son, Rogelio, graduated from MIT, she traveled back to Oaxaca, the place where her own dreams had been shattered and where her fate had been sealed by two curses. Scurlock’s documentary, Parents of the Year, went on to win the Los Angeles Film Festival and was purchased by Showtime. In AMNESTY, he tells the tale of an extraordinary woman and the unlikely friendship that may have saved her life.
James D. Scurlock 45-y.o. Mary Blum agrees to travel to a “divorce hotel” in Tijuana in order to settle the remaining issue of her divorce from her husband of twenty-five years and only love. But while things seem to move slower in Mexico, the unexpected can happen very fast.