You want to be smart? Don’t read The Bible, don’t read The One Minute Manager, don’t read How To Influence Friends And Make People Kiss Your Ass. What you read are the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. You read the entire cannon—there’re not that many—and you will be smarter than you ever need to be, because every one of them is based on the idea of deductive logic. Keep your eyes open and be alert! That’s what all good writing says. Wake up and pay attention. Pay attention. Pay attention!
Harlan Ellison