Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why We Need Books

"The book -- the physical paper book -- is being circled by a shoal of sharks, with sales down 9 percent this year alone. It's being chewed by the e-book. It's being gored by the death of the bookshop and the library. And most importantly, the mental space it occupied is being eroded by the thousand Weapons of Mass Distraction that surround us all. It's hard to admit, but we all sense it: it is becoming almost physically harder to read books. I think we should start there -- because it shows why we need the physical book to survive, and hints at what we need to do to make sure it does."

Read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/in-the-age-of-distraction-books_b_883622.html

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cook Like a Grandma is Published

Get it hot off of the presses.  I just published the Cook Like a Grandma Cookbook.  Every one of our 50+ recipes comes from a different Grandma.  There are a number of different family culinary heritages captured on these pages, with recipes that range from Asian to Eastern European, from Latin American to good old fashioned American comfort food.

I had an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to invest in the first printing.  Thanks to everybody who supported this project!

If you didn't buy a copy from Kickstarter, I've now got copies for sale in the Hudson River Publishing bookstore, or you can click here to buy:




Reading and Leadership

Note how many business titans are or have been avid readers. According to The New York Times, Steve Jobs had an "inexhaustible interest" in William Blake; Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes and bow; and Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman called poets "the original systems thinkers," quoting freely from Shakespeare and Tennyson. In Passion & Purpose, David Gergen notes that Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein reads dozens of books each week.

And history is littered not only with great leaders who were avid readers and writers (remember, Winston Churchill won his Nobel prize in Literature, not Peace), but with business leaders who believed that deep, broad reading cultivated in them the knowledge, habits, and talents to improve their organizations.