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Ken Goldstein: Why Do We Do Difficult Things?

I've been out on book tour for the launch of my new novel, From Nothing. At one of the early talks I began with a simple question: Why do we do difficult things? I'm not talking about ordinary-difficult things like schlepping yourself to work every day or paying all your bills. I'm talking about really big stuff. Pick a career path. Marry someone. Divorce someone. Start a company. Write a book—without an advance check. Why do we decide to tackle extraordinarily hard challenges? Why do we embark on the kinds of things that change our lives? I’m going to give you the answer in just a few more carriage returns, but before I do, think about what your answer might be. Why do you do exceptionally

Ken Goldstein: Why Do We Do Difficult Things?

I've been out on book tour for the launch of my new novel, From Nothing. At one of the early talks I began with a simple question: Why do we do difficult things? I'm not talking about ordinary-difficult things like schlepping yourself to work every day or paying all your bills. I'm talking about really big stuff. Pick a career path. Marry someone. Divorce someone. Start a company. Write a book—without an advance check. Why do we decide to tackle extraordinarily hard challenges? Why do we embark on the kinds of things that change our lives? I’m going to give you the answer in just a few more carriage returns, but before I do, think about what your answer might be. Why do you do exceptionally

Marcia Gloster: Not Quite Benign

It seems simplistic in light of what has been transpiring since last fall (Harvey Weinstein et al, #metoo #timesup etc.), but a couple of years ago, when I was writing I Love You Today – my novel of New York in the 1960’s – a stunning article about women in advertising appeared in the New York Times. It was an interview with five women who, after years of silence, finally had the nerve to speak out; to relate how they had been harassed, discriminated against, and generally demeaned, not to mention being paid less than their male counterparts and passed over for promotions. Red-faced, the agencies cited, as well as several others, immediately announced they had set out to establish “new” guid

Susan Petrone: How to Throw Like a Woman

The idea for my novel Throw Like a Woman kind of sprang fully formed into my head during a bike ride. I’m a cyclist—I love the feeling of autonomy and freedom you can only get on a bicycle. One weekend morning a few years back, I was out riding on Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. It’s a gorgeous stretch of road, and it’s one of my all-time favorite places to ride. I was going along, happy as a clam, not a car or another bicycle in sight. Then a car turned onto the road directly in front of me and cut me off. It was uncalled for and way too close for comfort. I was okay, just shaken up and really ticked off. I was filled with a wave of anger and adrenaline. I pedaled as fast as I coul

Susan Petrone: How to Throw Like a Woman

The idea for my novel Throw Like a Woman kind of sprang fully formed into my head during a bike ride. I’m a cyclist—I love the feeling of autonomy and freedom you can only get on a bicycle. One weekend morning a few years back, I was out riding on Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. It’s a gorgeous stretch of road, and it’s one of my all-time favorite places to ride. I was going along, happy as a clam, not a car or another bicycle in sight. Then a car turned onto the road directly in front of me and cut me off. It was uncalled for and way too close for comfort. I was okay, just shaken up and really ticked off. I was filled with a wave of anger and adrenaline. I pedaled as fast as I coul

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