So You Wonder Why You Hate Your Work?

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“Just 30 percent of employees in America feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. Around the world, across 142 countries, the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13 percent. For most of us, in short, work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and in some obvious ways, it’s getting worse.”

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Claim: Book Publishers Deserve What They Got From Amazon

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“Lazy and inept, publishers let go of their direct path to their customers. The book business once had branded retail outlets — for example, Scribner’s famous and iconic store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It once had close relationships with networks of small distributors (i.e. your local bookstore). It once had a sophisticated direct selling operations (i.e. book clubs). But, now, it doesn’t. None of that. No real relationship with, or influence over, its customer.”

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The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas

The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence Kansas

“[Patricia] Lockwood is all large eyes, apple cheeks and pixie haircut – like an early Disney creation, perhaps a woodland creature; one of her fans recently rendered her as a My Little Pony. The contrast between how she presents and what she writes is something Lockwood delights in. … Her steady [Twitter] stream of surreal, sexually explicit and often sexually impossible humor has won her 30,000 followers.”

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