Like farming and factory work before it, the labors of the mind are being colonized by devices and systems. In the early 1800′s, nine out of ten Americans worked in agriculture—now it’s around 2%. At its peak, about a third of the US population was employed in manufacturing—now it’s less than 10%. How many decades until the figures are similar for the information-processing tasks that typify rich countries’ post-industrial economies?
When we read dry, factual arguments, we read with our dukes up. We are critical and skeptical. But when we are absorbed in a story we drop our intellectual guard. We are moved emotionally and this seems to leave us defenseless.
Suddenly regular people could do the stuff only defense contractors could do before.
For Berry and the others to be rescued, in other words, two things had to happen: she had to never forget who she was, and that who she was mattered; and Ramsey needed to not care who she might be at all—to think that all that mattered was that a woman was trapped behind a door that wouldn’t open, and to walk onto the porch.
You'll want to sop up Joe Morgenstern's review of this new indie film of rural Americana and then run out and see it just to be a part of the club of writerly inspiration. "Mud invites us in with open arms and treats us to a terrific tale zestfully told."
My approach is to choose specific and actionable items to complete each day to move us closer to these goals, and to encourage everyone on my team to do the same. This keeps us on track for accomplishing the big picture."
If you go to most of the working phones in Manhattan and call 1-855-FOR-1993, you'll hear a recording of someone -- often a notable New Yorker -- telling a story about what the neighborhood you're calling from was like in 1993.
"The Hindenburg. The Titanic. Michele Bachmann."
Add the Office of Congressional Ethics to the long list of probes and lawsuits that may be the only enduring legacy of Bachmann’s presidential face-plant. Full story here.