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The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. ("Addiction is as psychological as malaria. It’s a matter of exposure.” —William S.
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Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66

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Mr. Clancy’s books were successfully transformed into blockbuster Hollywood films, including “Patriot Games,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Clear and Present Danger.”
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Born to a middle-class family in Baltimore on April 12, 1947, Mr. Clancy skipped over the usual children’s literature and became obsessed by naval history from a young age, reading journals and books whose intended audience was career military officers and engineering experts.

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Falling Asleep Among The Blueberries - A Poem

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Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957 by Mary Oliver Once, in summer in the blueberries, I fell asleep, and woke when a deer stumbled against me. I guess she was so busy with her own happi...
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Truth in fiction

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HBS Professor Joseph Badaracco trains students for the complexities of the business world by examining great works of literature.

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YES! "HBS" is that Harvard Business School." A great article about the value of literary reading focusing upon the work of Joseph Badaracco who has sufficient "distance" from the assumed biases that we who teach literature are too often easily dismissed for having.

 

Sometimes we who are the flag-bearers for the value of literary reading are not necessarily the best at articulating that value in the language that can be easily appreciated by others.

 

And when it is those others who are to a large degree responsible for  assessing the value of literary reading and/or who are responsible for attempting to develop appropriate assessment structures for the acheivement of that value, there may be well-intended but short-sighted and thereby detrimental rather than beneficial outcomes.

 

Consider a few excerpts from this article...

 

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"There’s a lot more to leadership than streamlining and spreadsheet analyses, Badaracco says. Running an organization, in his view, is about understanding yourself and being open to the perspectives of others in a way that balances different business and ethical interests."

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If the only data we collect is data that can be crunched in spreadsheets, then what data are we not collecting because it can't be easily collected that would shift the entire outcome generated by the data-analysis we CAN do?

 

Or this passage...

 

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“Literature gives students a much more realistic view of what’s involved in leading” than many business books on leadership, said the professor. “Literature lets you see leaders and others from the inside. You share the sense of what they’re thinking and feeling. In real life, you’re usually at some distance and things are prepared, polished. With literature, you can see the whole messy collection of things that happen inside our heads.”

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What are the variables in business leadership that are just too messy and complex to gather and synthesize? How do we account for the messy in spreadsheets?  We used to call this the margin of error. But, can we really determine the margin of error if the "whole story" has an infinite number of variables, most of which are not universally applicable in any particular data collection, synthesis, and decision making  process?

 

Another?...

 

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“Reading in a deep way, and reflecting on the material with others in class, opens students to multiple perspectives on the toughest issues. Badaracco sees literature as a great remedy to a “one-size-fits-all” approach to leading. The multidimensional nature of great works can help leaders enhance self-understanding and open themselves to alternative perspectives and outside-the-box solutions, he says."

 

" 'Business schools don’t do enough to develop reflection,” says Badaracco, “but it’s really hard to do. Real reflection is hard because you need the time and training to do it.' ”

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Essentially, the point I take from this article is that there is more to a well-developed rubric for decision making than "Is it good for the stockholder's portfolios?"

 

And that business about "Real reflection" being "hard because you need the time and training to do it" is true as far as it goes. Doing hard work well does take time and time is money after all. But, perhaps even harder than doing  real reflection and raising overhead by learning to do it well is facing the complex truths discovered once one has risen to the challenge of having actually done "real reflection."

 

A worthwhile bit of "informational reading."

 

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'War God' and the Spanish Conquest of Mexico

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Graham Hancock on Capricorn Radio with James Swagger - 3 June 2013 Graham Hancock discuss his newly released novel "War God - Nights of the Witch". Graham is perhaps best known for his non-fiction ...

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Man Booker fiction prize nominees span the globe - Reuters Africa

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The latter contrasts with the latest book by award-winning Malaysian lawyer Tash Aw, "Five Star Billionaire", about the economic boom in China.
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Larry Kramer, Frank Deford among PEN award winners - News & Observer

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Sergio De Le Pava, author of "A Naked Singularity," has received a $25,000 prize for writing the best debut novel.
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TV tonight: 'Duck Dynasty,' 'Modern Family' - USA TODAY

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TV tonight: 'Duck Dynasty,' 'Modern Family'
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Cable's top non-fiction series and one of its most popular series, period, returns for its fourth season.
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Author Linda Hubalek Joins the Booklover's Bench Award-winning Writers ... - PR Web (press release)

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Book Fetish: Volume LXXXIII

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Typewriter iPad Case: High-tech meets low-tech in this charming tablet case. You can also hear the click clack of keys, banging out those two special words
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'Today' Is Starting Oprah-like Book Club - New York Times (blog)

'Today' Is Starting Oprah-like Book Club New York Times (blog) Publishers who had been briefed on the show's plans said they were giddy at the prospect of a potential successor to Oprah's Book Club, which began in 1996 on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”...
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Twitter fiction: Kathy Lette | Books | The Guardian

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The comedy writer and novelist takes up our Twitter-based challenge to come up with a story in 140 characters or fewer.
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The 1998 Dystopian Novel That Eerily Foresaw 2013 Detroit - The Atlantic

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The 1998 Dystopian Novel That Eerily Foresaw 2013 Detroit The Atlantic Speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson's award-winning dystopian novel Brown Girl in the Ring takes place in a walled-off inner city filled with crime, drug addiction, and...
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Science Fiction still predicts the future. But, it seems to happen a lot faster these days

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10 Best Book Club Books For Fall 2013 - Huffington Post

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10 Best Book Club Books For Fall 2013 Huffington Post This fall's lineup of top reading-group-ready reads brings us new novels by Elizabeth Gilbert, Jhumpa Lahiri and Stephen King; new paperback editions of award-winning fiction including Louise...
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 158, Shelby Foote

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Durham native Jesse McCoy II wins fiction award - Durham News

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Durham native Jesse McCoy II wins fiction award
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Legal Aid attorney Jesse H. McCoy II is celebrating a literary victory this month, rather than a legal one.
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Highest-Paid Authors: Fifty Shades' E.L. James Beats Stephen King, J.K. Rowling - PARADE

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Who knew the Fox News pundit had become such a successful writer?
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