Mean Ol Mr. Gravity is a compilation of Q&A posts from Mark Rippetoe s StrengthMill forum. Edited for brevity, efficiency, clarity, accuracy, and taste (in a loose sense, sorry), Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity adds to the information available in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training by tailoring it to the individual through his responses to questions posed by actual humans regarding their own training. It preserves the coarseness, humor, and candor that have become Rip s trademark style. A Question. Goombahboy: Hey Rip, why would you make a book out of a bunch of posts that are already available on the web? What could you possibly have been thinking? Mark Rippetoe: An excellent question. I have no idea, other than the fact that a book like this makes an excellent bathroom companion. The reading-kind of companion. Information and humor in small, easily managed chunks. Conveniently digestible pieces, as it were. Well, you know what I mean. Bozo1988: Yeah, what were you thinking? I mean, I know there s a lot of information here, I know that all of the really stupid stuff that would waste my time while reading it online has been removed, and that the videos posted on the board don t load very fast in a book format anyway, but why a book? Mark Rippetoe: Look, just read the damn thing, okay? You ll be fine.