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The Quiet Book Club Selection Votes Are In, and the Winner Is…

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson! Last Thursday, I asked you to vote on which of three books you’d like to read for the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response. The results were: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson: 29 votes Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart: [...]


Reading Ideas For the Weekend

Hi everyone, here are this week’s reading picks: 1. Move Over, Alpha Males. Why Being a Beta May Be Better (At Least for Baboons): Fascinating piece at Time Magazine Healthland, by my friend Maia Szalavitz, on new study finding that beta baboons are healthier and suffer less stress than alphas. My favorite bit is near [...]


Reading Ideas for the Weekend: The Inside Story of a Very Shy and Very Brave Photographer (and more)

  Hi everyone, before I get to this week’s reading recommendations, I first want to say thanks for the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the QUIET Revolution projects idea. Look for a kick-off of the public speaking project next week! And here are three picks for the weekend. 1. How to Spot a Narcissist: An interesting [...]


My Mother’s Lover: Reading Ideas for the Weekend

Hi everyone. Here’s a must-read for the weekend: “My Mother’s Lover,” by David Dobbs. It’s the true story of a World War II love affair that Dobbs’ mother kept secret, until she left her kids a puzzle on her deathbed. This is a short e-book/long story, and you have to buy it via Kindle or [...]


Why Reading Makes You Self-Confident

One of the luckiest things that ever happened to me was being born into a family that elevated reading to a religious activity. The weekly trip to the library was a form of Sabbath observance in our house. Then there was the yearly pilgrimage to London, which we visited with an empty suitcase reserved for [...]


What to Read This Weekend: The End of Solitude

This week I am recommending one gorgeous essay by the always-thoughtful William Deresiewicz. It’s called “The End of Solitude.” Here’s a teaser: If boredom is the great emotion of the TV generation, loneliness is the great emotion of the Web generation. They have lost the ability to be alone, their capacity for solitude. And losing solitude, [...]


What To Read This Weekend: The School of Life (Ideas to Live By)

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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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