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LETTERS By Saul Bellow
Edited by Benjamin Taylor. Illustrated. 571 pages. Viking. $35.

"Herzog, the title character of Saul Bellow’s 1964 novel, is famously a writer of letters he never sends, letters to friends, rivals, relatives and strangers; letters that satisfy his craving “to explain, to have it out, to justify, to put in perspective, to clarify, to make amends.” The letters are, by turns, cranky, coruscating, clever and cerebral: the outpourings of a man overflowing with ideas and grievances, and reeling from the complications of his life and the stubborn mystifications of the world around him.

The real-life letters of Herzog’s creator...

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By The YA-5

"... It's not often that I pick up a middle grade that makes me think of Margaret. I'm talking about Margaret of ARE YOU THERE GOD? fame, of course. I mean, there have been many books over the years that deal with coming of age and first periods and first crushes and all the hormonal insanity that is growing into your teen self. And many of these books are awesome in their own right. But none of them touched my heart the way Hélène Boudreau's REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS did. ...

... REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is an unputdownable adventure, part Judy Blume, part Hans Christian Anderson, and 100% delightful, this fun, fresh tale (tail?) will have girls begging...

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A psychologist’s new look at why we choke under pressure, and what we can do about it

By Chris Berdik, Boston Globe, October 10, 2010

" ... In her new book, ”Choke” (Free Press, September 2010), Beilock argues that doing well under pressure begins with understanding the demands that different types of performance make on the brain. For example, success on a math exam or a business presentation requires sustained focus, and worries can distract us. By contrast, athletes and musicians do better when they let their well-practiced skills run on autopilot. Too much focus can trip them up. In that case, when the stakes are high, a little distraction could be helpful.

Beilock sees choking at work beyond...

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This isn't one of ours, but this book trailer for IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith is not to be missed.

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Download James K. Galbraith's  paper, The Future of the American Economy,  for the Scholars' Strategy Network by clicking here.

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Debating How to Spur Innovation, Growth, and Jobs

September 30, 2010 4:00pm-6:00pm
Harvard University
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Bldg.
Room S-010, Concourse Level
1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

What do the best projections tell us about growth, employment, and sources of economic innovation over the next one to two decades—and what public policies can spur improved outcomes for all Americans? The Network has commissioned four scholars and policy experts to present findings...

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The Tight Collar: The New Science of Choking Under Pressure

By David Dobbs, September 27, 2010,  Neuron Culture--

"...A kind of queen of choke..., she has spent much of her time exposing and
exploring mechanisms [of choking]. Her labs include a putting room where she
can find a way to make virtually anyone screw up putts that were easy just
moments before. 'Choking is so clearly mental.' says Beilock. 'It's a lot
more complicated than just 'Don't think about it.'
    There are chokes that rise not from overthinking but from poor thinking.
She offers evidence both anecdotal and experimental. Faulty thinking amounts
to a different sort of choke: a disruption of quick but vital data-checks,
calculations, and recalibrations--a failure of cognition... Call it a
    [Her work] is a vision of athletic performance both alluring and

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What Happens Under Pressure

"It is a situation we have all witnessed or experienced firsthand. The make-or-break moment arrives. The decisive at-bat, the well-rehearsed concert performance, the public speech. Then suddenly—aaarggh. It all goes wrong. The ball whistles past, the fingers slide all over the keyboard, the voice becomes an inarticulate mumble. You are now a choker. You have failed in the clutch.

... For people in the world of business, Ms. Beilock's recommendations include careful and repeated practice; writing down your worries to make them explicit and to stop them distracting you under stress; and not worrying about what you cannot control. In sports, she recommends distracting yourself so that you don't over-think your mechanics; keeping a steady rhythm; and...

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The Non-Economist's Economist

" ...This new collection of Galbraith's works is the first of its kind. Never before in 207 previous titles had the Library of America chosen to publish an economist. Then, again, Galbraith, who died in 2006, at age 97, was the noneconomist's economist. In these pages you will find the minimum of technical jargon and not one differential equation. Collected are "American Capitalism," first published in 1952; the "Great Crash"; "The Affluent Society," which dates from 1958; and "The New Industrial State," which first appeared in 1967...."

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Click here to listen to Sian Beilock, author of CHOKE:  What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To talk  about why we "choke" when stressed. She paints a portrait of how people handle -- successfully or unsuccessfully -- life's daily pressures.

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CHOKE, Diane Rehm

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