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Insomnia? Who, me? - - and you too?

Sleeping has always been my strong suit. I may have long failed at math and technology, never finished a full marathon, and accumulated an impressive pile of rejection letters; but I have forever taken great pride in my ability to fall asleep. 502 more words

General Interest

Sleep much?

Do you have trouble going to sleep (or staying asleep)?  I have friends who wake up in the night to take melatonin (which seems counterproductive, though I don’t want to be discouraging).  95 more words

Technology for Problem Sleepers

Having trouble sleeping? In The New Yorker, Patricia Marx writes about the economy of slumber, offering a lively survey of current gadgets and expensive equipment designed to get you a night of rest, and she nestles it snug as a bug with a primer on the growing science of sleep. 325 more words


In this week's New Yorker

You know me, I’m a huge fan of the New Yorker. But in the current anniversary issue, there’s a Personal History essay, “Cover Story” by Elif Batuman, that really captivated me so much that I’d like to convene a salon to read it aloud and discuss it. 408 more words

In This Week's New Yorker

YOCR #13 - Constructive Wallowing & Let's Be Less Stupid

I have finished my Loft online class, having learned some of the ins and outs of plotting stories and novels, and am returning to my Year of Creative Reading. 356 more words


Navigable Neuroscience: Let's Be Less Stupid by Patricia Marx

      I do not think I stand alone in advocating the theory that students return from summer vacations with decreased intelligence. Come August, I find it difficult to hold a pen, let alone write a coherent sentence. 652 more words

Book Review

Book Review: "Let’s Be Less Stupid" by Patricia Marx

Let’s Be Less Stupid by Patricia Marx

 I like Patricia Marx’s work. For one thing, she takes the journalist concept of “first person witnessing” to extremes, in very interesting ways. 283 more words

Book Review