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Stranger to Fiction

By Jack, published July 7, 2011, at 1:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I read something in the industry newsletter Shelf Awareness recently that took me aback. It was from an interview Philip Roth did with Jan Dalley of the Financial Times. The conversation I’d longed to have with him since I first read him many decades ago, a conversation about fiction itself, died an early death.

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The Master Switch & Internet Openness

By Jack, published November 17, 2010, at 8:13 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It seems that every year when the "best of" lists start coming out, there is one title that makes me slap my forehead in a “huh? I never heard of that book" moment. Actually, I love that feeling.

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An Embarrassment of Riches

By Jack, published October 6, 2010, at 2:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In 1997, Sebastian Junger wrote a great book called The Perfect Storm. The phrase, “a perfect storm” is used when multiple things come together to create an extraordinary experience. That thought fleeted through my mind last night as I sat reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, because, including Freedom, I’m actually reading three brilliant books in three rather different genres.

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Dan Ariely on Blogging

By Jack, published May 20, 2010, at 8:06 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In a sidebar from his new book, The Upside of Irrationality, Dan Ariely has a piece called "Blogging for Treats. " "Now think about blogging. The number of blogs out there is astounding, and it seems that almost everyone has a blog or is thinking about starting one.

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Greatness

By Jack, published April 26, 2010, at 2:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.

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Mental Health

By Jack, published April 22, 2010, at 2:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closest friends, if they seem OK, then you're the one.

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Health

By Jack, published April 21, 2010, at 8:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.

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Idleness

By Jack, published April 20, 2010, at 10:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.

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Truth

By Jack, published April 16, 2010, at 2:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth lies within their vision.

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Truth--serious and fun

By Jack, published April 15, 2010, at 5:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men. " Julius Charles Hare "I don't want yesmen around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth--even though it costs him his job.

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Happiness

By Jack, published April 9, 2010, at 2:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.

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This makes sense

By Jack, published February 15, 2010, at 2:47 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"There's no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.