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What to Read This Weekend: featuring Gish Jen, Michael Lewis, and Victor Frankl

Hi everyone, Here are this week’s reading picks: 1.”My Muse was an Apple Computer,” by Gish Jen: another tribute to Steve Jobs, but also a compelling account of the life of a writer. 2. “Betting on the Blind Side,” by Michael Lewis: I’m reading Michael Lewis’ new book, Boomerang, which reminds me of how much [...]


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Why Writing an Introverted Character is Hard, and Why You Must Do it Anyway

The following is a guest post from Jessica Tom, author of the forthcoming novel, DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU EAT. Here she writes about the challenge of creating an introverted protagonist. Jessica’s manuscript is currently under revision and will be submitted to editors very soon. Jessica describes herself as a non-anxious introvert. Follow her book’s progress [...]


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What To Read This Weekend: UNCERTAINTY

For this week’s picks, I offer you three great reads on the theme of Uncertainty: 1. UNCERTAINTY: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance: This is a terrific new book by my friend Jonathan Fields: thinker, writer, blogger, and mensch. Jonathan tells his own story of uncertainty — how he gave up a generous [...]


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Really Great Reading Ideas for the Weekend

Hi everyone, Here are this week’s recommendations: 1. The Rationality Project: One Man’s Quest to Ignore His Gut Instinct, by A.J. Jacobs: I defy you to read this without laughing out loud. 2. How I Know I Love My Wife, by Steven Levitt (of Freakonomics fame): I defy you to read/watch this without tearing up. [...]


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A Reading Idea for the Weekend

Here’s something you don’t know about me. I am crazy about home décor. Actually, even if you lived right next door to me, or in my own house for that matter, you wouldn’t know this, because for the past few years I’ve been pregnant with babies and books and had no time to think about [...]


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Reading (and Viewing) Ideas for the Weekend: Parisians, Women, and Spies

Hi everyone, Here are this weekend’s reading (and viewing) picks: 1. “Being a Man at Blogher,” by Wolf Pascoe: Very funny account of what it’s like to be the lone man at a conference of women bloggers. (Hat tip to RealDelia.com.) 2.  Adam Gopnik, on Parisians: Adam Gopnik is one of those writers who is [...]


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Reading Ideas for the Weekend: Steve Jobs, Young Heretics, and Why Love is the Opposite of Underwear

Hi everyone, Here are this week’s reading picks for the weekend: 1. Glenn Kelman on Steve Jobs, the Poet: “I still remember exactly where I was, standing in a Dolores Street apartment with a cereal bowl in my hand, when [Steve Jobs] came on TV to say a competitor had no poetry. It made me [...]


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