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Reading/Listening Ideas for the Weekend

Hi everyone, here are this week’s reading and listening suggestions: 1. “The Glory of Oprah,” by Caitlin Flanagan: I realize this pick may surprise you, but Flanagan is one of those writers whose words jump off the page, and this Atlantic magazine essay on Oprah’s life and times is a fascinating read. 2. Schubert’s Fantasy [...]


Reading and Listening Ideas for the Weekend: Creative Thinking, the Children’s Gate, and Storm Large

Hi everyone, Here are this week’s reading and listening picks: 1. Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking, by Michael Michalko: Thought-provoking article. Here’s a sample: Creative thinking is work. …All creative geniuses work passionately hard and produce incredible numbers of ideas, most of which are bad. In fact, more bad poems [...]


What to Read and Listen to This Weekend: Writers, Inventors, and Pink Martini

1. Una Notte a Napoli, by Pink Martini: Music guaranteed to make you happy. If you’re not familiar with Pink Martini, check them out immediately. 13 piece orchestra singing music across many languages and genres. Lush, sophisticated, and presided over by the world’s most unassuming diva, China Forbes (that’s her in the ballgown up top). [...]


What to Read This Weekend: Five Quotes to Make You Think

Hi everyone, for this weekend’s reading selection, here are five mind-expanding quotes from the great mythologist Joseph Campbell: 1. “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” 2. “Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that [...]


What to Read/Watch This Weekend: All Things John Hodgman

This post is in honor of the release of writer, storyteller, and comedian John Hodgman’s new book, “That is All” — which is a funny thing, because I haven’t actually read it yet. It’s not available electronically, and my hard copy won’t arrive ’til Tuesday. But if you’ve never read John Hodgman or heard him [...]


“Always wanted to be the quiet girl. Probably precisely because I’m not.”

In lieu of reading recommendations this weekend, I want to share the following passage and ask for your reactions. It’s from Eat Pray Love, the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I’ve just started reading five years after everyone else (I do that with TV shows, too. In this case, I loved Gilbert’s TED talk so [...]


What to Watch This Weekend: Teresa Amabile, Billy Collins, and Sarah Kay

Hi everyone, Here are this week’s viewing picks: 1. Teresa Amabile, on the psychology of everyday work life: Harvard Business School professor Amabile is one of the nation’s deepest thinkers on creativity at work. 2. Billy Collins, reading aloud one of his best poems, “The Lanyard“: If you’re a mother, or ever had a mother, you’ll [...]

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1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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