World’s Strongest Librarian

Josh Hanagarne is a great blogger and a good friend to me.

He wrote a book called World’s Strongest Librarian. I like Josh a lot, so there’s no way for me to write an unbiased review of his memoir.  With that caveate here’s my very biased review: it’s fantastic. The parts about lifting, self control and Tourette’s are full of rare perspective into a world that is totally alien to me; then there is the part about his Mormon upbringing.

If you’re interested in Josh’s work (and if you’re not interested in a bodybuilding librarian with Tourette’s who are you?) you can check out the interview I did with him in two parts, read his post on this blog, or just get the book already.

Bending Steel and Ripping Phonebooks: An Interview with Josh Hanagarne World’s Strongest Librarian (Part 2 of 2)

In this second part of my interview with Josh Hanagarne we talk about Josh’s Blog, bending steel and being in control of ones body.

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This is the second part of my interview with Josh Hanagarne.  The first, longer installment is available here. Josh talks about how he is not only able to live with Tourette’s but how “picking his own battle field”  has allowed him to flourish.

Living with Tourette’s Syndrome: An Interview with Josh Hanagarne World’s Strongest Librarian (Part 1 of 2)

Josh Hanagarne has a blog, bends steal, and works as a librarian, but most importantly (to me) Josh writes about all of these things in a passionate, simple, and immediate way.

I couldn’t wait to interview Josh there was way too much good material.  So, I broke the interview in to two sections by subject.  This podcast concerns living with Tourette’s Syndrome the second podcast concerns bending steal, band books, and Josh’s upcoming memoir.

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Notes: 1. I should mention that because of Josh’s Tourette’s you may hear a couple outburst during the podcast.  This is a tick and not something to worry you. 2. This interview was conducted over skype and the sound quality is poor, my apologies.

About Josh: Josh Hanagarne writes World’s Strongest Librarian, a blog with advice about coping with Tourette’s Syndrome, book recommendations, buying pants when you’re 6’8”, old-time strongman training, and so much more. Please subscribe to Josh’s RSS Update to stay in touch.

What To Do When You Can’t Control Your Circumstances

By Josh Hanagarne,

Long story short, I am dealing with a horrible case of Tourette’s Syndrome that has resurfaced with a bang after years of being more dormant.

It causes me to injure myself in a lot of different ways, none of them on purpose. But so what? Hopelessness and misery are beneath me, and they are beneath you as well.

Things that used to put me on my back and cripple me are now just making me irritated and productive. Mainly because I have learned to love a good fight.

We all have situations that feel intolerable. Pains that we would rather not bear and can’t figure out. The good news is, anyone can learn to deal with situations and circumstances that they can’t control. You can do it too.

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