Listening Hard to Write Well

From Women Writers, Women’s Books: The acclaimed writer Eudora Welty once noted that “Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them.” Wow. There’s so much for a writer to unpack in this brief but profound observation. How many times have I rushed headlong … Read more

What Can Happen When Your Agent Decides To Become Your Publisher

From Writer Beware: Last week, several people drew my attention to this article in the Des Moines Register. “Iowa Romance Writer Sues Over Efforts to Have Ghostwriter Take Over Series.”  If your “conflict of interest” radar is screaming right now, it should be.  Clark’s complaint (which you can see here) accuses Grishman et al. of breach of contract, breach of … Read more

How to Reach Out to Someone Beyond “How Are You?”

Apropos for the Covid years. From the Grammarly Blog: With so many uncertainties stemming from the current pandemic, you might be looking for more human connection and comfort from friends and family. And while it’s good to check in with loved ones more regularly, simply asking how they are doing might not be enough to … Read more

Four Innovation Ecosystem Building Blocks

GUEST POST from Greg Satell It’s hard to find anyone who wouldn’t agree that Microsoft’s 2001 antitrust case was a disaster for the company. Not only did it lose the case, but it wasted time, money and—perhaps most importantly—focus on … Continue…

Everyday Innovators

We’re all innovators, even if we never thought of calling ourselves that… Here’s a challenge. Close your eyes and try to visualize an entrepreneur. There’s a good chance that what you’ve come up with will be one of the usual … Continue read…

The upheavals

The upheavals [of artificial intelligence] can escalate quickly and become scarier and even cataclysmic. Imagine how a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans w…

Dominant languages can spread even without coercion

From The Economist: Never think the world is in decline. A recent book, “Speak Not” by James Griffiths, looks at the bad old days when it was seen as acceptable to impose a culture on others through force. The author tells the stories of Welsh and Hawaiian—languages driven to the brink of death or irrelevance … Read more

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