Reading Notebook #16: Life Interferes With Work & Vice Versa

Reading Notebook #16: Life Interferes With Work & Vice Versa

From Bill Murray interview in Entertainment Weekly (via TerryStarbucker.com): “I just really want to work when I want to work.
B&W and Red All Over

Do Pain and Struggle Constitute a Fundamental Part of Love?

Artwork by Tonia Davenport—from her wonderful series "B&W and Red All Over" A while back, I read this relationship break-up anecdote
Reading Notebook #15: Americans Don't Like to Listen

Reading Notebook #15: Americans Don’t Like to Listen

From a phenomenal personal essay: "Go West" by Peter Hessler in The New Yorker (April 19, 2010). Note: All of
Kindle vs iPad

Reading Notebook #14: Best Coverage of Publishing’s Current Dilemma

Snippets from "Publish or Perish" by Ken Auletta (New Yorker, April 26, 2010). You MUST go read the full article.
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Have the Courage to Follow Your Heart & Intuition

A wonderful commencement address from Steve Jobs. I love that he mentions life can only be lived forward, and understood
Six Feet Under

Reading Notebook #13: What Makes You Happy Comes From the Inside

This is taken from a Salon interview with Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under—my most favorite TV series, with
Wonder Woman at Work

Can Excellent Advice Make You Unhappy?

There are a few people I read religiously for insight and perspective on work/business life. Probably on the top of
Brussels Sprouts

How to Fall in Love With Brussels Sprouts (Prepare Them Correctly!)

Over Easter, The Conductor and I visited a high-end restaurant to treat ourselves to an extravagant Easter brunch buffet. Now,
Reading Notebook #12: Existential Angst at Work

Reading Notebook #12: Existential Angst at Work

From Kenny Moore's blog post, "Losing Your Job? Psychological, Spiritual & Practical Advice." This is the most meaningful discussion I
Reading Notebook #11: The Source of (My) Anxiety

Reading Notebook #11: The Source of (My) Anxiety

Transcribed from Examined Life (Zeitgeist Films), the words of Avital Ronnell. If we're not anxious, if we're okay with things,
Committed

Reading Notebook #10: How to Destroy a Relationship

From the marvelous Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book Committed: There is nothing wrong with a married person launching a friendship
The Story of Your Life IS Your Life

The Story of Your Life IS Your Life

On my Facebook profile, I state my religious beliefs as "The story of your life becomes your life." After my
Jane - 1997 in Cambridge - maudlin and idealistic youth

You Are Bad at Making Yourself Happy

My job as Writer's Digest publisher often leads people to remark what a great life I have. So young, so
Reading Notebook #9: The Loss of Dreams

Reading Notebook #9: The Loss of Dreams

From "Slow Fade" by Arthur Krystal, about F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (The New Yorker, November 26, 2009) Fitzgerald's scripts
Life Is a Lot of Little Lonely Drives

Life Is a Lot of Little Lonely Drives

The curse of overactive minds I know—and so (or yet) I'm a devotee of sleep. It's the only way to
Mourning Doves

The Comfort of Mourning Doves

Since returning from San Francisco last week, I've been enjoying the presence of two mourning doves outside my apartment. There
Cathaoir Synge

The Dirty Secret Behind Writing Advice

I'll start by saying that I have always advised writers in good faith. I would never suggest a writer undertake
Reading Notebook #8: Another Secret to Success Is Confidence

Reading Notebook #8: Another Secret to Success Is Confidence

From "Beyond the Elevator Speech" by Michael Carroll, Shambhala Sun (March 2010) My survey indicates that most of us think we want
Reading Notebook #7: The Secret of Successful People (at Work)

Reading Notebook #7: The Secret of Successful People (at Work)

From "We Can Measure the Power of Charisma", Q&A with Alex Pentland, Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb 2010); read full article at
Avatar

Reading Notebook #6: Why the World Needs More Women Directors (Like Ephron & Taymor)

From "Man of Extremes", a profile of James Cameron by Dana Goodyear, in The New Yorker (October 26, 2009) Cameron
Jane Friedman (1994)

The Art of Losing Things Isn’t Hard to Master

I am very careless with my belongings. This past week, when I flew to NYC for Digital Book World, I
Downtown Cincinnati Demolition

Why People Stay at (or Leave) Their Jobs

No talented person stays at a company for a paycheck or a sense of security. Talented people stay because they
Patterns

Reading Notebook #5: Life Patterns & Something Out There

From "The Secret Cycle" by Nick Paumgarten, in The New Yorker (October 12, 2009) And yet patterns exist, and we
Jane at AWP 2009

What Does a Brand Manager (or Community Leader) Do?

I'm often asked what my job at Writer's Digest encompasses, or what my typical day is like. My official title
Bog Myrtle Leaves

Bog Myrtle Beer & Irish Coffee Recipes

Upon arrival at the Irish farm in Kilgarvan, a bottle of homemade bog myrtle beer was waiting in the kitchen,
12 Actions and 12 Diversions

12 Self-Creating Actions and 12 Preoccupational Diversions

[Click here for full-size image.] On the last page of my 2009 Museum of Lost Wonder calendar, I found the
Amelia Earhart

Reading Notebook #4: Not to Endure Even an Attractive Cage

From the New Yorker article on Amelia Earhart by Judith Thurman (September 14, 2009) [From Earhart's letter to her husband
Inis Meain

Ireland 2009: All Experience Is an Arch

I returned home Monday night from a 3-week holiday in Ireland. (Read previous entries on this trip here and here.)
Michel de Montaigne

Reading Notebook #3: I Distrust My Thoughts

Snippets from "The Life and Essays of Michel de Montaigne" by Jane Kramer, in the September 7, 2009, issue of
Art of Possibility

Reading Notebook #2: Invent a Story That Enhances Your Life

Snippets from The Art of Possibility by Benjamin & Rosamund Zander.(See a really cool TED talk by Benjamin Zander.) It's
Top 10 Moments on Inis Meain

Top 10 Moments on Inis Meain

1. Arrive at cottage late at night. The only heat source is the small stove in the living room. Unable
Reading Notebook #1: You Can Write Well & Behave Badly

Reading Notebook #1: You Can Write Well & Behave Badly

From "Slang-Whanger" by Arthur Krystal in New Yorker (May 18, 2009) We don't for a moment believe that Hazlitt is
Immigration Officers and the Meaning of Existence

Immigration Officers and the Meaning of Existence

I wasn't expecting trouble when I passed through immigration at the Dublin airport. I'm American, I'm privileged, and I look
Stone Shed in Ireland

My First Post (From Ireland)

On December 16, I left the United States for a 2-week vacation in Ireland. A key objective while I'm here