I dislike the term "dropouts." It implies that these young people have failed the system. It's often more accurate to say that the system has failed them. If you were running a business and every year you lost a quarter or more of your customers, you might start to wonder if the real problem was them or your business.
That title comes from an early Pete Townshend interview. It was his answer to the question, How do you prepare yourself to go on stage with The Who?
There's no way you can find the time to sit down and read, right? Think again -- it can be one of the best investments you make in yourself both as a leader and for your organization.
I imagine that most people who read the news every day wonder how anyone could think what Boko Haram and ISIS are doing is right. And yet some people clearly do; the more bigoted, sexist and violent these groups' behavior becomes, the more volunteers flock to their banners. Nothing, it seems, varies quite so much as people's values.
Alice Dreger's new book, Galileo's Middle Finger, is a curious addition to the literature of the anti-trans movement from a woman who has done some very good work on those who are genitally intersex.
Few debut books come with the hype surrounding An Ember in the Ashes. After all, this is the book that caused YA bestseller author Marie Lu to miss her connecting flight because she was too engrossed in it. So when I picked it up, I had pretty mighty expectations. Is the build-up justified?
We were about a third of the way through The Hobbit when my 9-year-old asked skeptically, "Mommy, where are the girl characters?"
John Ashbery is the author of nearly 30 books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956.
Marshall writes for a science-conscious consumer while simultaneously capturing mysteries we are yet unable to measure and fully see. Marshall does not insult readers by dumbing down. Jenna is a robust character, as is Molly, with relatable vulnerability.
When The Bone Tree ends you immediately wonder when the third book will be published. It will be a while so just savor the sweetness of a good story brilliantly told.
I wrote more, much more, after I had children than I did before, even though I had far less time. When I was young and single, I squandered my hours. There was always a concert to go to, or a movie, or maybe I just felt like lying around and watching television.
Writers know how much easier it would be to dismiss our thoughts, to brush them off and become part of the unconscious masses who struggle to put together 140 coherent characters. We understand the ease of dashing off an idea, pushing submit and walking away, and yet we continue to push through the pain of process. Why?
Pitch sessions are a staple at most writers conferences, offering authors the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with literary agents to talk about their projects. Some conferences pair writers and agents for ten minutes of one-on-one time, often for an additional fee.
Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove aspires to be an important book, but is a misleading one that covers little new ground.
Under the harsh rule of the Martial Empire, there are those who are subject to the Emperor's will, and there are those who enforce it.
As an entrepreneur, I love to learn from the stories of others. When we share our triumphs, challenges and setbacks, we all get a little smarter and wiser a little faster.
Looking to settle the debate about poetry's slow decline into death, The Washington Post cites the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts to show a ten-year steady downtrend in public participation with poetry. The graph slides like a ramp down to just 6.7% in 2012.