The End of Letters

I've long enjoyed the website/Twitter feed Letters of Note, which resurrects correspondence between famous people or personal notes recalling significant historical events. In cleaning up my office today, I stumbled upon my own letter of note from a since-departed university professor who taught a class on "The End of History." Professor Albert Mott was an

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Departing Is Such Sweet Sorrow

"What would you ask an astronaut?" My friend Pam, who was preparing to interview everyone's current favorite space explorer Commander Chris Hadfield, posed that question on Facebook the other day. "What would you ask an astronaut?" I chimed in because who wouldn't want to ask an astronaut a question? Fewer than 600 people have ever

The Perils of Networking When Everyone Is Your Friend

I know a lot of fascinating people. I know writers and editors, chefs and restaurateurs, celebrity personal assistants and a few well-connected people in the television industry, pilots and programmers, museum curators and fashion designers. Many of the fascinating people I know I knew Before Social Media (BSM)*, while many others I "know" I have

Remembering September 11, 2001

It's a question we all ask of one another, the same question our parents' generation asked each other when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and the same question our grandparents' generation asked following Pearl Harbor: "Where were you?" Everyone who was alive and aware of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, know exactly where