The subtitle to David Eddie’s Damage Control tells you a lot about his particular approach to the genteel art of proffering advice to the desperate—after all, ”How to Tiptoe Away from the Smoking Wreckage of Your Latest Screw-Up with a Minimum of Harm to Your Reputation” is not a phrase most authors would want emblazoned on their book’s dust jacket. But Eddie, whose popular advice column of the same name runs weekly in the Globe and Mail, believes in cutting through the wishy-washy tone and moral judgements of the typical life-guide expert to get to the heart of the matter: people screw up–quite often actually—and having screwed up, they usually wish to make amends. That’s where Eddie steps in: he names the screw-up in bold-face letters, then talks the red-faced perpetrator back to earth with solid advice.
[email protected] editor James Grainger spoke with David Eddie about his book-length guide to wiping the egg off your face and making good with the people who matter.
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