News & Notes
It wasn’t quite the cliché of being discovered in a grocery store but almost. It was actually my friend Laura who was in the grocery store when a casting agent heard her speak French with a heavy English accent. Continue reading →
Forgive the sloppy metaphor, but sometimes I think of my time in Paris as being a flowering maple tree and all those exceptional people I met eventually whirlybirded away just like those magical maple keys. Now, more than a decade later, some of those seeds have struck fertile soil and have become impressive trees of their own.
The other night, I had one of those shocking collisions between Past Me and Present Me. I wasn’t sleeping well, anxious over how I was going to get my daughter a place in the local international school. So, in those murky hours I ended up on the Internet where I followed a link to a link to a link to a video of Kathleen Edwards performing on The David Letterman Show.
Mark MacKinnon has braved many things in his career as an international journalist, but screw the Israeli helicopters and Japanese radiation poisoning: I bet the greatest threat to his life has been the air in Beijing. Seriously, the guy can barely breathe there.
I already have the pleasure of teaching at one of the most spectacular university campuses in the world: Aix-Marseille Université, Luminy, which is nestled among the limestone cliffs of the Calanques. If the natural splendor isn’t enough, a brilliant fountain sculpture is about to be installed at the heart of the campus … and it’s by my friend Pierre Luu ! You can see a video of its creation after the jump.
My latest piece for Ode Magazine (now The Intelligent Optimist) is about the role persistence plays in our lives. Did you know that persistence is a better indicator of success than IQ? And that you can build your neural persistence pathways to make it easier to persist in the future? Seriously, this is heady and uplifting stuff. Continue reading →