Thinking, Fast and Slow

Am I a little embarrassed that it took me to long to read Thinking, Fast and Slow? Yes, yes I am. My excuse is that I savored this book over the course of several months, reading it, bit by bit, taking notes and trying to fully ingest each insight. I can’t recommend this book enough Read More

The Story in the Science

I’m completely jealous of those who were able to attend the National Association of Science Writers conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Angela Herring, versatile science writer at Northeastern University who blogs here, was kind enough to post some notes here on the panel discussion on “Unearthing Narrative,” a panel discussion that kept popping up on my Read More

25 years ago today: the first printed words of Malcolm Gladwell

It’s a humble beginnings anniversary! In the spirit of looking at the early blogs of Tim Ferriss and Gretchen Rubin, let’s not forget about the wordsmiths of the world whose success predates the blogging era.  Specifically: Malcolm Gladwell You may know him as the former running champion and current staff writer at The New Yorker; you probably Read More

Don’t Eat Fortune’s Cookie: How Michael Lewis Got So Lucky

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, Liar’s Poker and a few other books, recently gave a speech at Princeton on, among other things, the role of luck in his success. Reading the full text of the speech, available here, or watching it is well worth the 13 minutes: Long story short: unlike so many, Lewis actually recognizes and acknowledges Read More


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