Maybe the world had been bad to its great and unusual women. Maybe there wasn’t a worthy place for the female hero to live out her golden years, to be celebrated as the men had been celebrated, to take from the celebration what she needed to survive.
"Who Killed Dolly Wilde?" by Megan Mayhew Bergman, in ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN (Scribner, January 2015)
Is your head empty? Then you’ve done enough. If something is still on your mind, you’ve got more to do.
It’s awfully depressing that, in the summer of 2014, when 99% of American women use birth control, we can’t just come out and say that most women use birth control for sex.
Everyone who I’ve encountered in the book biz — from editorial to sales — seems disarmingly genuine about their love of books.
Success is feeling good about the work you do throughout the long, unheralded journey that may or may not wind up at the launch pad. You can’t view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It’s got to be an end in itself.
Col. Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
This book is FASCINATING, and so packed with smart ideas about how we should think about work and define success. Hadfield’s career is a great illustration of how “work hard and become really good at what you do” is a better path to finding a job you love than the old “follow your passion” trope. Oh, and it has space travel too.
The emerging meme of “learn something in three months and change careers” isn’t the message we should all unite behind. Instead, what’s most important is moving from an episodic model of education to one that’s integrated at every stage of your life.