Monthly Archives: October 2015

“The first element is integrity of intention.”

Earlier this week, I attempted the impossible: at an evening writing class for adults, I addressed the topic of “telling the truth.” They wondered how much truth should be revealed. I wish now that I had brought along Inventing the … Continue reading

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“We teach who we are.”

I spent most of the last decade in the company of people who are passionate about the art and science of teaching. It was wonderful. Looking back, one of the ideas that still resonates with me came from Parker J. … Continue reading

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“Was the crisis real or make-believe?”

What makes a light novel, such as this one, satisfying? Texture, I think, can have a lot to do with it. While the plot is thin — The Queen of England decides to leave the palace for a day — … Continue reading

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“Maybe I didn’t live but endured — cast against my will into something hard to govern and impossible to grasp…”

Zbigniew Herbert was 15 when Germany invaded Poland. It’s hard to imagine what it was like to grow up in the resistance. He became one of the most respected poets of Poland, and had a tremendous influence on younger writers. … Continue reading

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“Examine each position they take, and ask yourself ‘Why?'”

Negotiations often start with the question “What do you want?” The more important question, according to the authors of this classic book on negotiation theory, is “Why do you want that?” Understanding the interests that determine the positions is critical … Continue reading

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