"He would go to the study in the morning after a hearty breakfast and stay there until dinner at about 5:00. Since he skipped lunch, and since his family would not venture near the study — they would blow a horn if they needed him — he could usually work uninterruptedly for several hours. … After dinner, Twain would read his day’s work to the assembled family. He liked to have an audience, and his evening performances almost always won their approval. On Sundays, Twain skipped work to relax with his wife and children, read, and daydream in some shady spot on the farm. Whether or not he was working, he smoked cigars constantly."
— Mark Twain ’s routine – and other daily rituals of literary greats. (via explore-blog)
(Source: , via explore-blog)
"You never get the book you wanted, you settle for the book you get."
— James Baldwin (via theparisreview)
"Why do we reward success on the job with a promotion out of the job and into management? It’s a phenomenon that reveals antiquated flaws in organizational design."
Often wondered this about media organizations. What makes reporters excellent at story-getting often makes them catastrophic at managing other people, etc.
What If You Don’t Want to Be a Manager? - Anne Kreamer - Harvard Business Review
There are great bloggers. And there are people who are very good at managing bloggers (although that’s a lot rarer, and probably harder). But the chances of finding one of the latter in the ranks of the former? Approximately nil. Josh Marshall, maybe?