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?
Uncomfortableness isn't something to be avoided. Uncomfortableness must be embraced. It is how we achieve what we set out to achieve. I would go so far as to say that uncomfortableness must be actively sought out.
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.
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.
We were about a third of the way through The Hobbit when my 9-year-old asked skeptically, "Mommy, where are the girl characters?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
While many of you likely don't have the time to read right now with finals and papers and all that fun stuff, you should remember this list for the summer time. Here is a list of books I've read and enjoyed that'll help you step outside your literary comfort zone!