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7 Self-Management Secrets of Jorge Luis Borges

The title of a recent Los Angeles Times piece by Hector Tobar says it all: “The Borges boom: he may be dead, but his legacy remains strong.” August 24 was the 114th anniversary of Jorge Luis Borges’ birth in Buenos Aires; he died June 14, 1986, in Geneva. Tobar points out the heavy, multimedia presence for Borges, as well as the ongoing book releases, long after his death.

Chartres-Labyrinth

Chartres-Labyrinth

The latest were published this summer by New Directions: Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature; and Borges at 80: Conversations. They have inspired a variety of additional coverage, such as “Two New Books About ‘Borges’,” by Mark O’Connell in The New Yorker; “Jorge Luis Borges and His Library of Babble,” by Michael Hingston, in the Globe and Mail; and “Borges, Politics, and the Postcolonial,” by Gina Apostol, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Peter Drucker and The Washington Post

The surprise sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been the buzz of the media world this week. The news prompted me to recall Peter Drucker’s brief involvement with the newspaper in the late 1930s, soon after he came to the United States from Europe.

Peter Drucker, Claremont Graduate University; Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

Peter Drucker, Claremont Graduate University; Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

The Austrian-born Drucker was in his late twenties when he did a brief stint as a freelance foreign correspondent for the Post, during a return visit to Europe in the spring of 1938. This is recounted in Drucker’s charming memoir originally published in 1978, Adventures of a Bystander.…

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Mindfulness for a Better Summer

One of the bittersweet aspects of summer is that it is difficult to be in the moment and enjoy a season that passes all too quickly. In our anxiety to savor the summer, we can lose some of the enjoyment of a time most of us look forward to, especially during the cold and dark winter. A potential solution is mindfulness, which can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the here and now.

stack of balanced zen stones in water on blue sky background

The online and in print presence of mindfulness is growing fast. I’ve enjoyed my subscription to a new magazine, Mindful, which began publication earlier this year. The current, August 2013 issue has a number of interesting articles that can be applied to work and elsewhere.…

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The Summer of Happiness

If we had an unlimited amount of time on this earth, it would take a big chunk of that time to read all of the books, articles, websites and blogs devoted to the subject of happiness. But that doesn’t stop the flow, or end the curiosity of those of us who are intensely interested in the subject. The cover of the July 8/15 Summer Double Issue of TIME magazine is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” It is a five part, 15 page section; including the lead article by Jeffrey Kluger, “The Happiness of Pursuit.” (This is also the title of a quirky, engaging book by Cornell University psychology professor Shimon Edelman.)

Summer happiness photo

The special section also includes a happiness poll and a look at happiness around the world (including the transformation of Finland from the suicide capital of the world into a much happier country).…

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10 Great Summer Books Lists for 2013

Now that we are a day away from the 4th of July, it’s time for one of my favorite summer activities, rounding up some of the many helpful and downright addictive Summer reading lists published recently. Reading/skimming these lists provides a window into the world of other people and organizations — how they are planning to spend their summer; outlining their desires, hopes and good intentions, looking for the promise that a great book can deliver.

Relaxing by reading on the beach

 

Here are ten of the many lists that aim to guide us to reading bliss for the next couple of months:

Financial Times: Summer books guide
The Guardian: Summer Reading
Los Angeles Times: Summer books
NPR: Summer Books 2013
Oprah/O: O’s 2013 Summer Reading List
Publishers Weekly: Best Summer Books 2013
Slate: Summer Reading 2013
Stanford Graduate School of Business: Top 13 Business Books to Read This Summer
TED blog: Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters
USA TODAY: 30 Hot Books for Summer

Along with the Los Angeles Times list, in the article “David L.

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Tom Guernsey: A Guitar Silenced

Last Sunday, June 23, was one of the most memorable days I’ve spent in a long time. I was at the Town Hall in Garrett Park, Maryland, not far from where I live, for a celebration of life-memorial service for guitarist/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur Tom Guernsey, one of the icons of the Washington, D.C. rock scene for the past 50 years. Tom had ALS/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AKA “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), and died last October 3 in Portland, Oregon, where he had moved several years ago. On October 20, The Washington Post ran an extended appreciation/obituary by Terence McArdle, “A Local Life: Tom Guernsey, Md.

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An Education Focus in the Latest Issue of The Flame

The Spring 2013 edition of The Flame, the magazine of Claremont Graduate University, is another terrific look at what is happening within the institution that includes The Drucker School. I previously wrote about the Fall 2012 issue shortly after my visit to campus in Claremont, California last year. The current issue – as usual with an attractive layout and design — features education-related themes.

Cover of The Flame, Spring 2013;  design by Shari Fournier-Oleary

Cover of The Flame, Spring 2013; design by Shari Fournier-O’Leary

“Why They Stay” spotlights a dilemma: many of the math and science teachers who leave the profession each year are not retiring, but leaving for new careers.…

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Ben Vaughn Q&A: Many Moods, Many Talents

Today’s post is a Q&A with Ben Vaughn, whose multidimensional life encompasses playing music, songwriting, producing, radio, TV and films. He formed the Ben Vaughn Combo 30 years ago, and in the mid-1990s started a parallel career as a TV and film composer, hitting it big with his work on NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, and later That ’70s Show, on Fox; as well as other series for different networks.

Ben grew up on the South Jersey side of the Philadelphia area, and though he has long lived in California, the Ben Vaughn Quintet will join the terrific lineup at the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.

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Deborah Kalb: Interview With an Interviewer

Today’s post is an interview with Deborah Kalb, who produces the terrific Book Q&As website, in which she conducts brief but incisive interviews with a wide variety of authors. A short sample of some of the most recent interviewees: novelists Susan Coll and Tracy Chevalier; nonfiction authors A.J. Jacobs and Naomi Schaefer Riley; and poet Peter Fortunato, whom I had not heard of previously and found particularly interesting. (I was really honored to be interviewed last December.) In addition, Deborah is a freelance writer and editor, who spent two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C. She is the co-author, with her father, Marvin Kalb, of Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.…

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Books Alive Conference Recap: Part Two

The tone of the June 8 Books Alive! 2013 conference, sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books, was optimistic, upbeat and positive. The consensus seemed to be that books have a bright future, regardless of current or as yet unimagined formats.

By the end of the all-day event, which I also wrote about earlier this week, it was reinforced that authors, whether with a traditional publisher or self-published, have many avenues for self-promotion and to increase opportunities to earn money. (Although a recurring theme, besides that of continuing to hone your craft as a writer, was “don’t give up your day job.”)

The State of the Market panel; photo by David Gelin

The State of the Market panel; photo by David Gelin

During a morning panel session, the novelist/freelance journalist Jennifer Miller related her promotion efforts for her novel The Year of the Gadfly, originally published last year and now out in paperback.…

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