The value of coming clean about mistakes

The 10ZenMonkeys blog has the transcript of an extraordinary speech by Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland delivered at a recent conference for the Craigslist Foundation. (Found via BoingBoing.) This passage about admitting your mistakes is worth taking to heart, particularly for those newsroom veterans who scratch their heads […]

No obligation to be famous

My exposure to the strange music and story of Jandek, the reclusive Texan singer-songwriter, has been limited to occasional enthusiastic mentions by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. But NPR did a story about Jandek last night that concluded with this observation by critic Douglas Wolk. It bears repetition: “There’s not an obligation to be […]

Good reads: Journal interview with Thomas Lee

Lee Gomes interviewed Stanford engineering professor Thomas Lee in the Wall Street Journal yesterday; the subject was the history of microchips — but Lee uses that material to offer some trenchant observations on the nature of creativity. For instance, he says, the transistor was invented in the 1940s by a group led by William Shockley […]