Category Archive: Books

What unites us? Dan Rather visits Boston.

Dissenters—be they Revolutionary War patriots or women in knitted pink pussy hats—point to the truth. This defense of the truth, and our liberty to speak it, is what makes America great.

wesley the owl

I’m fascinated by the science of animal cognition. There is growing evidence that animals of all types may have emotions and can communicate their thoughts with each other, and with us. Pet owners… Continue reading

Interrogating the Interrogator: a conversation with Glenn Carle

Is it ever acceptable for our government to torture (“enhanced interrogation technique” is the Orwellian neo-con term) or jail someone indefinitely without due process? What if you or someone close to you were condemned… Continue reading

creativity & improvision (the art of winging it)

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm – Colette My first post about creativity (“The Creative Habit: Use It or Lose It”) discussed how creativity is the result of being… Continue reading

Living Art: Olivier Giugni’s flower power

Floral designer to the stars and fabulous impromptu dinner guest, Olivier Giugni, has a wonderful book out: Living Art — Style Your Home with Flowers. You can order it here. Favorite flower? The… Continue reading

the buddha & the borderline

“Borderline…feels like I’m going to lose my mind…”  -Madonna I’ve been meaning to give a shout-out to my girl, Kiera Van Gelder, a talented writer who recently published a memoir “The Buddha and… Continue reading

The Moth Ball: why storytelling matters

Went to the Moth Ball last night in NYC at Capitale on the Bowery. The Moth, a nonprofit organization devoted to the “art and craft of storytelling,” is a showcase for true stories,… Continue reading