Martha Huggins

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John Boehner Unchained

The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party.<p>WEST CHESTER, Ohio—He swings the golf club like a right-hander, which he is, but putts as a southpaw. Maybe it’s a metaphor for a conservative politician who often turned to liberals in crunch time, but …

U.S. Politics

Hiroshima

I—A Noiseless Flash<p>At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant …

Ten books you should read this September

A new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer, a new Kafka translation and a panoramic history of time travel all feature in this month’s round-up of books to look out for.

Books

Lachlan Morton: Pro Cycling's Unconventional Adventure Rider

<i>Editor's Note: This article first published in the July 2016 print edition of</i> Bicycling. <i>For more stories like it, you can subscribe here.</i><p><b>The bird flapped once,</b> then twice, then leapt into the air from the road. But it took too long to gain lift and the SUV, with bikes atop its roof, was coming too …

Charles Duhigg: How To Become More Productive In The Workplace

I spoke to Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the <i>New York Times</i> and bestselling author of both <i>Smarter Faster Better</i> and <i>The Power of Habit</i>, about why habits exist, why people make certain choices in their lives, the most important research he has uncovered and what you can learn from his new book.<p>Duhigg …

Time Management

The Easy Daily Habits 24 Executives Say Give Them an Edge

You might be surprised at the routines these high achievers swear by.<p>The most successful people I know share some common traits. They're confident, hard-working, astute with money, and health conscious. They also stick to certain routines proved over time to work. Check out these quotes from 24 …

Exponential Finance Conference

28 Ideas for Becoming 5 Times More Productive Every Week

You may be doing most things right to get the best of your week but results of your hard work may not so impressive. Maybe it’s your focus and …

Is Iowa Over?

The caucus state fears it won't be a kingmaker in 2016.<p>There is angst here in Iowa. How couldn’t there be? Yes, farmers in the state are worried about the millions of chickens and turkeys dying thanks to an Avian Flu strain devastating birds like never before. But the real angst—the worry lurking …

Government

This sermon is why I'm an Episcopalian

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to <i>The New Yorker</i> since 1977. His memoir is called <i>How About Never — Is Never Good For You?</i><p><i>Originally broadcast March 24.</i><p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. If you love New Yorker cartoons, …

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Journalism

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

Lessons from Leadership Guru Warren Bennis

The renowned leadership expert died last week at 89. Here is a selection of his most trenchant quotes.<p>Warren Bennis, a business school professor at University of Southern California for 35 years and the author of 30 books on leadership, died last week at the age of 89. The founding chairman of The …

Leadership

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting

<i>It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting."</i><p>Explore ideas, places, and opinions.<p>The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.<p>To embarrassment. To …

Inspiration

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a …

Agile Selling, A Jill Konrath Manifesto

Shares 29<p>Jill Konrath is on to something huge. I just completed reading her new book<b>, Agile Selling</b>, available on May 29. It’s a manifesto for …

The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town

For five long and very strange years, death haunted tiny Dryden, NY, a town near the Finger Lakes where a plague of car accidents, suicides, and even …

50 Most Inspirational Quotes in Sports

It doesn't matter if your dad owns a professional sports team or if you play squash on the weekends with Rupert Murdoch; if you don't perform as an elite athlete or coach, then you're history.<p>Consequently, the people in this list are uniquely qualified to inspire.<p>Major sports figures have …

The Daily Routines of Geniuses

Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a …

The One Word You Need to Stop Using Immediately

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below</i> …

10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone

How to get people to do what you want--no arm twisting, blackmail, or other slimy trick required.<p>Ever wish you were better at getting people to do what you want? You can be. All it takes is practice and desire.<p>I know this from experience. When I first got involved in the American Society of …

Body Language

Born Together, Then Torn Apart, In Civil War-Era Minnesota

Clement and Angel, fraternal twins separated at birth, have very different lives. After being abandoned, both are raised in Stillwater, Minn., around the time of the Civil War. But Clement dwells among orphans and prostitutes; Angel is adopted by a wealthy couple, and she lives in the town's …

'Dear Einstein, Do Scientists Pray?' Asks Sixth Grader -- See His Amazing Response

"Do scientists pray?"<p>That's the question that occupied the thoughts of a sixth-grade Sunday school class at The Riverside Church, and who better to pose it to than one of the best scientific minds of our time, Albert Einstein?<p>A young girl named Phyllis penned a polite and inquisitive note to the …

Poncho Zillah

Size 12 months<p>US size 7 circular needle<p>“Vintage” by Berroco, 2 skeins of same or complimentary colors.<p>Named for my niece Zillah, for whom this wee …

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …

5 Books You Might Have Missed in 2013 (But You Should Really Read in 2014)

As some of you know, I've spent the last year reading a bestseller a week. The idea behind the project was for me to break down my culturally relevant reading ignorance. Which is a fancy way of saying that the idea behind the project was correcting the fact that whenever I looked at the <i>New York</i> …

How To Become A Mindful Eater In 10 Days

Don't beat yourself up if you've eaten too much recently. Now is the perfect opportunity to try again, equipped with a new useful tool. Practicing …

Mindfulness

How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote

How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote<p>Updated Jan 23, 2013<p>michaelhyatt.com<p>Use Evernote to create, collect, and share everything that matters …

Kindle

10 Tips on Writing from Joyce Carol Oates

In a recent tweeting spree, the inimitable <b>Joyce Carol Oates</b> offered ten tips on writing — a fine addition to this master-list of famous authors’ wisdom on the craft.<p>Write your heart out.The first sentence can be written only after the last sentence has been written. FIRST DRAFTS ARE HELL. FINAL …