Wall Street Journal: Gretchen Rubin’s Great Expectations

The self-help author on how she responds to expectations, keeps up habits and follows obsessions.

In 1996, Gretchen Rubin was working as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she started to think that a legal career wasn’t for her. For one thing, she enjoyed writing, but she found little satisfaction in the dense, technical jargon of the law. “I was like Scarlett O’Hara, and I said, ‘As God is my witness! I will never write in such a confusing, obfuscatory way,’ ” she says. [WSJ.com]

Bob Pozen’s latest at MarketWatch

Read Bob Pozen’s piece on “how Republicans and Democrats can come together to fix health care.”

Now that Senate Republicans have failed to agree on any health-care bill, is it feasible for a bipartisan majority to enact health-care reform? The Senate will hold health-care hearings in early September, while a bipartisan coalition in the House has put forth six incremental proposals. [MarketWatch.com]

Wall Street Journal review of David Baron’s American Eclipse

The WSJ have reviewed the David Baron’s new book.

On July 29, 1878, a hundred-mile-wide patch of midday darkness swept across a swath of the western United States. It was a total solar eclipse—a rare transit of the moon directly between earth and sun. Across the still-wild West, thousands of stargazers gathered, chasing a few minutes of astronomical measurements and ecstatic experience. Afterward, famed Scottish astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth congratulated his colleagues across the Atlantic on a scientific spectacle “which American men, and American instruments, methods, & ideas, have made more peculiarly & grandly American, than any Solar Eclipse you have… [WSJ.com]

Bob Sutton: “Why I Wrote It and How to Help”


At LinkedIn, Bob Sutton has published a new piece on his forthcoming book, The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt.

Dear friends, colleagues, random people on LinkedIn, and anyone who has told me your crazy, terrible, and funny stories and offered advice about workplace jerks: My new book The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt will be published on September 12th, about a month from now. I’m writing to tell you a bit about it, where I will speaking about it, and to ask for your help. [LinkedIn.com]

Read an excerpt of Jared Yates Sexton’s new book

Salon has an excerpt of Jared Yates Sexton’s The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage.

As my reporting [on the 2016 presidential campaigns] gained momentum, so too did the harassment. Suddenly I was receiving dozens of messages a day, some laudatory but most of them hateful. When I felt the most anxiety, I’d sit in front of my computer and watch the abuse roll in on the screen. It felt like every Republican in the country had decided to come after me. At first I tried to respond to every single negative message and attempt to communicate, but soon there was no possible way of keeping up. [Salon.com]