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Writers on Writing

1989: A Paris Review program featuring George Plimpton and Paul Theroux. [Plimpton mentions his book, The Writer's Chapbook, which is excellent and, for some reason, now missing from my bookshelves. Hmm.]

Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – July 2014

I love street art. Not talking vandalism here, but the bold visual images of an artist communicating with the public. This month’s image is from a neighborhood in Miami called Wynwood that is experiencing a renaissance as a design and textile area. Show More Summary

The Bureaucrat Who Came to Dinner

I recently spoke with an administrator about the structure of a program at his institution. [I'm being vague here.] The program had become insanely complicated, needlessly increasing work without improving results. I expected him to defend the changes since he'd announced them but he sighed and said they were necessary to satisfy federal auditors. Show More Summary

5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work

The idea of positive thinking is old but is affecting us now more than ever – at home and at work. And ironically, its effects are mostly negative. Yes, positive thinking makes us less happy. Positive thinking is a poorly defined concept which at its most extreme says, that in every situation you can choose […]

Take A Made-in-America Vacation

What could be more “Made in America” than a good old USA summer vacation that’s union made, too? Here are some tips from Union Plus. Check out the Union Plus Travel Center—the travel and entertainment section offers exclusive discounts for union members. The website also features hotels, airlines and rail service available in the region you’ll be visiting. […]

Miscellaneous and Fast

Wally Bock: By and about leaders. Popular Mechanics: Weird things the TSA has confiscated. Kevin Williamson looks at the PoliFact/PunditFact report on Fox News. Wired: The rise and fall of the tiki bar in American culture. Richard Overy on the origins of World War II. Show More Summary

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s […]

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