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4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Writing

Banks online are trying to sound more like your best friend and less like a banker

There is no reason for online banking to be difficult, considering there are only a handful of things people need to do there—pay a bill, transfer funds, view a statement—and after decades in the customer service business, banks should have a pretty good handle on the information people most want. …

Customer Service

U.S.-based Emerson buys its way into the Russian energy market by going ‘local’

<b>The big idea:</b> Emerson Process Management sought to expand into Russia, a vital emerging market with one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world. This was an opportunity for the St. Louis-based company to build its process automation and control systems business, which aimed to improve …

Natural Gas

The Tragic Necessity of Human Life: Willa Cather on Relationships and How Our Formative Family Dynamics Imprint Us

“In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day.”<p><i>“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,”</i> the great Zen teacher …

Literature

What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

“It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person.”<p><i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, <i>“is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch</i> …

The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

“Ever since we discovered that Earth is round… we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience.”<p>In what remains the most beautiful love letter to the mesmerism of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester wrote that …

Physics

Henry James and H.G. Well’s Famous Feud About Writing, the Purpose of Art, and the Usefulness of Literature

“It is art that <i>makes</i> life, makes interest, makes importance…”<p><i>“What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous,”</i> Jeanette Winterson wrote in 2006. A century earlier, two of literature’s most revered titans clashed on this question of what art does, and the debris …

Literature

Cry, Heart, But Never Break: A Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Loss and Life

“Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night?”<p><i>“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,”</i> John Updike wrote, <i>“so why … be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”</i> Half a millennium earlier, Montaigne posed …

Literature

The Causes and Cures of Lovesickness: A 17th-Century Treatise

“The many vexations and perturbations that torture the soul of the passionate lover bring about greater harms to men than all the other affections of the mind.”<p><i>“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so</i> …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Self-improvement

Why People Love Bass

The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren't necessarily obvious.

Behavior

Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class

Clay Shirky is, as he explains below, a “pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor.”<p>Shirky is a professor of media studies at New York University, holding a joint appointment as an arts professor at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, and as a …

Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance

<b>Simon Ramo</b>, a scientist and statistician, wrote a fascinating little book that few people have bothered to read: Extraordinary Tennis Ordinary …

My Favorite Things: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Catalog of Unusual Objects, Memories, and Delight

Four decades after Barthes listed his favorite things, which prompted Susan Sontag to list hers, <b>Maira Kalman</b> — one of the most enchanting, influential, and unusual creative voices today, and a woman of piercing insight — does something very similar and very different in her magnificent book <b>My</b> …

An Illustrated Celebration of the Little-Known Mothers, Brothers, Friends, Wives, and Other Unsung Champions Behind Geniuses

There is something quite wonderful about witnessing one human being selflessly bolster the creative achievement of another, especially in a culture where it’s easier to be a critic than a celebrator — from the man who helped Bukowski quit his soul-sucking day job to become a full-time writer to the …