Archive for April, 2014

Friends as curators

One of the many benefits of facebook is that your friends are a particularly good source of great reads. The affinities you have with the people in your circle—shared beliefs, experiences, family, workplaces, neighborhoods, whatever–is part of what makes them such good curators. So I’m happy to say that a friend’s post led me to a charming essay by the writer Anne Lamott, who wrote it just before a milestone birthday and posted it to Read More

The American Fantasy

Central to the myth of the American Dream is this idea: Hard work will bring you success. Hard work could build railroads, land men on the moon and bring them back, discover the cure for everything from polio to cancer, and turn brilliant but underfunded entrepreneurs into instant millionaires. But what about people who aren’t successful? They’re told it’s their fault—they aren’t working hard enough in school, or they’re not productive enough at their job Read More

50 is the new 50

“This fake idea that 40 is the new 30, or 50 is the new 40, has come up to bite us on the behind,” author and comedienne Annabelle Gurwitch told writer Judith Newman, who profiled her in a recent New York Times book review of  I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50. “I know the phrase was meant to say, ‘Oh, many things are possible for Read More

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