This article builds on Decisions Under Uncertainty. In fact, consider this a continuation. Think of how we make decisions in organizations — we often do what standard decision theory would ask of us. We create a powerpoint that identifies the future desired state, identify what might happen, attach weighted probabilities to said outcomes, and make […]
I picked up a copy of the first complete English edition of Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone. Giacomo Leopardi is the most radical and channelling of nineteenth-century poets and thinkers, yet the recognition of his genius outside his native Italy has been sporadic, at times enthusiastic and engaged, at others distracted. Herman Melville turned him into a […]
We all want to read more. If reading older books is exponentially more beneficial for acquiring knowledge than reading newer things, then reading the great books is a good place to start. These books build the foundation. One of the best places to find a list of the great books is St. John’s College in […]
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. — Albert Einstein Neil Gaiman, who brought us one of the best commencement speeches ever, chimes in on with a lecture explaining why using our imaginations is an obligation for […]
From F. Scott Fitzgerald—famous author of The Great Gatsby—comes this letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. Offering a hint of his parenting, the letter from August 1933 concludes with a list of things to worry about and things not to worry about. Below is the full letter, published in the New York Times in […]
David and Ben Crystal perform Shakespeare in the original accent. This is the way people heard it in the early 1600′s.
“I’m wretched at interviews and will do them only under big duress.” — David Foster Wallace Five years ago today David Foster Wallace committed suicide. After passing, his May 21st, 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon college become known as one of the greatest commencement speeches of all time. So famous, it […]
Be careful if you ask Ernest Hemingway for his opinion. F. Scott Fitzgerald once asked Hemingway for an honest opinion on his book. Hemingway responded “You see well enough. But you stop listening.” While Hemingway never wrote a book on the art of writing (would it have suggested writing standing up?), he did leave behind […]