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True-Crime Author Ann Rule Dies at 83

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Betty Udeson—AP True-crime author Ann Rule, who wrote a book about serial killer Gary Ridgway, who left some of his victims' bodies along the Green River outside Seattle, shown in the background.

Rule rocketed to fame after profiling serial killer Ted Bundy

(SEATTLE) — True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83.

Rule died at Highline Medical Center at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule’s daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure.

“My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule wrote. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

Ann Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” profiled Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline. She has said she had a contract to write about an unknown serial killer before her co-worker was charged with the crimes.

Rule, who went to work briefly at the Seattle Police Department when she was 21, began writing for magazines like “True Detective” in 1969. A biography on her author website says she has published more than 1,400 articles, mostly on criminal cases.

Rule said she was fascinated by killers’ lives, going back to their childhood to find clues about why they did what they did. But her books focused on victims, and she became an advocate for victims’ rights.

“By deciding to focus her books on the victim, Ann Rule reinvented the true crime genre and earned the trust of millions of readers who wanted a new and empathetic perspective on the tragic stories at the heart of her works,” Carolyn Reidy, president and chief executive officer of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement.

After attending numerous workshops on crime topics from DNA to arson, local law enforcement, the FBI and the Justice Department started turning to Rule for her expertise on serial murders.

She aided the Green River Task Force as that group sought another Seattle-area serial killer, passing along tips that her readers shared. She wrote a book about the case, “Green River, Running Red.”

Rule was born in 1931 in Lowell, Michigan, to a schoolteacher and a football, basketball and track coach. They moved around a lot when she was a kid, traveling from Michigan, to Pennsylvania, Oregon and California because of her father’s coaching career.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in creative writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology.

She was the mother of five children and the grandmother of five.

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Pretty in Pink Actor to Publish Young Adult Novel

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JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Andrew McCarthy attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios on May 17, 2015 in Burbank, California.

Andrew McCarthy's book is about half-siblings who meet for the first time

Andrew McCarthy already spoke to Generation X teens through his roles in Brat Pack movies like Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire. Now, he’ll speak to Generation Z as an author. The actor-cum-writer is publishing a young adult novel set for release in spring 2017.

McCarthy’s novel, Just Fly Away, is about a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey who meets her half-brother for the first time, never having known that he existed—and lived in the same town. It will be published by Algonquin Young Readers, the L.A. Times reports.

This is McCarthy’s second book, following his 2012 memoir, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. He has worked as a travel writer and is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He continues to act, and will appear in the The Family on ABC this fall. He has also recently directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie and The Blacklist.

[L.A. Times]

TIME Careers & Workplace

10 Inspiring Books That Will Motivate Your Vision

From traditional entrepreneurial success stories to psychology behind taking risks

An entrepreneur’s work never ends, so many of you might not be taking summer vacations this year. But if you do have a chance to escape to the beach, pool or campground this summer, you’re in luck. With input from Erik Gordon and Josh Botkin (also professors affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies) we did some thinking about the books that have inspired our own entrepreneurial ventures.

Below is a list of our favorite reads, ranging from the traditional entrepreneurial success stories to those focused less on building a business and more on the psychology behind taking risks, facing rejection and communicating. We hope our choices help to motivate your visions and keep your minds sharp and alert all summer long.

  • 1. The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands

    Basic Books

    Author: Eric Topol, M.D.

    Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, offers an inside look into the entrepreneurial side of medicine, providing insight into how technology will play a major role in its future and evolution. In The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands Topol compares the developing evolution to the “Gutenberg moment,” referring to the famous inventor of the printing press who forever changed the world by altering the consumption of the written word. In his book, Topol makes the claim that mobile Internet is doing the same for medicine, giving American citizens complete control of their own healthcare.


  • 2. Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs

    Mercury Ink

    Author: Michelle Malkin

    It’s no secret that the “big” inventors are the ones who get all of the attention: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and most recently, Steve Jobs. The truth is that there are thousands of other entrepreneurs who are the masterminds behind the creation of the objects and technologies we have grown to need. In Who Built That, Malkin dives into the little-known stories of the inventors who have contributed to American innovation.

  • 3. Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags


    Author: Linda Rottenberg

    Some might not appreciate being referred to as “crazy,” but a true entrepreneur knows a little bit of madness can pay off in the long run. In Crazy is a Compliment, Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading organization dedicated to supporting fast-growing entrepreneurs, offers a lowdown on how to take smart risks and focus attention on being more entrepreneurial.

  • 4. DownBeat – The Great Jazz Interviews: A 75th Anniversary Anthology

    Hal Leonard

    Author: Frank Alkyer

    According to Jim Price, America’s two great art forms are jazz and entrepreneurship. He says, “As business builders, we can learn so much about creativity, teamwork and harnessing diverse pools of talent to create magic by tuning into both the art and the sage words of the jazz masters.” The DownBeat, edited by Frank Alkyer, includes interviews from the greatest jazz musicians of our time who, in their own right, have similar perspectives as many entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • 5. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow


    Author: Elizabeth Lesser

    If you’ve experienced personal loss this is a must-read. Even if you haven’t and you’re an entrepreneur or considering the startup life, it’s important to prepare yourself for rejection — people telling you you’re going to fail — and ultimately, for the real possibility of failure. Will this rejection and loss break you down, or can you grow from it? Broken Open is a collection of personal essays that helps entrepreneurs – or anyone – deal with the painful parts that sometimes come with putting yourself, your money or your dream on the line.

  • 6. The Road to Character

    Random House

    Author: David Brooks

    In the age of the selfie, at a time when popular culture shines klieg lights on the narcissist and the self-absorbed entrepreneur, Brooks helps remind us of the importance of character, humility, kindness and honesty. The Road to Character proves that at the end of the day, if entrepreneurs focused more on the relationships they created and built, the other metrics of success would follow.

  • 7. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

    Penguin Books

    Author: John Gertner

    Before there was Google, Apple or Xerox PARC, another company was busy churning out one world-changing invention after another: AT&T. For much of the 20th century, the magic happened at the company’s famous Bell Labs R&D center in Murray Hill, NJ. In The Idea Factory, get inspired by Gertner’s fascinating account of the quirky, brilliant folks who developed countless amazing technologies — including the transistor, the laser, photovoltaics and cell phones, among many others.

  • 8. Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Author: Daniel Kahneman

    Think you know how people think? Think again. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel Prize winner Kahneman (one of the fathers of the field of behavioral economics) distills decades of research about human behavior and cognitive biases into an entertaining, informative read. Pick up a copy if you want to better understand how all of us – including your potential customers, partners and employees – really think and decide.

  • 9. The Innovator’s Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More Than Good Ideas

    The MIT Press

    Author: Michael Schrage

    If you’re a Lean Startup fan looking for more insights about how to “test and learn” effectively, look no further. In The Innovator’s Hypothesis, MIT Research Fellow Schrage writes the first page that he “champions simple, fast and frugal experimentation as the smartest investment that serious innovators can make.” And he means it, laying out a “5×5 framework” that requires a team of five people to spend up to five days developing a set of five business experiments (each costing less than $5,000 and taking fewer than five weeks to complete).

  • 10. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

    Walsworth Publishing Company

    Author: Charles T. Munger

    An enormous advantage for any great entrepreneur is the ability to step inside the mind of a great investor. In Poor Charlie’s Almanack, Munger offers a peek inside the life of an experienced financier, distributing words of wisdom for budding business people. One bit of advice, which he reveals early on, is “to read all the time.”

    This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com

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The Night Bob Dylan Went Electric

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Joe Alper Photo Collection Newport 1964: Robert Shelton introduces Dylan to the fiddler Clayton McMichen

Elijah Wald is the author of Dylan Goes Electric!

Here's what happened 50 years ago this weekend, when the folk music legend turned rock

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket, carrying a Fender Stratocaster in place of his familiar acoustic guitar. The crowd shifted restlessly as he tested his tuning and was joined by a quintet of backing musicians. Then the band crashed into a raw Chicago boogie and, straining to be heard over the loudest music ever to hit Newport, he snarled his opening line: “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more!”

What happened next is obscured by a maelstrom of conflicting impressions: The New York Times reported that Dylan “was roundly booed by folk-song purists, who considered this innovation the worst sort of heresy.” In some stories Pete Seeger, the gentle giant of the folk scene, tried to cut the sound cables with an axe. Some people were dancing, some were crying, many were dismayed and angry, many were cheering, many were overwhelmed by the ferocious shock of the music or astounded by the negative reactions.

As if challenging the doubters, Dylan roared into “Like a Rolling Stone,” his new radio hit, each chorus confronting them with the question: “How does it feel?” The audience roared back its mixed feelings, and after only three songs he left the stage. The crowd was screaming louder than ever—some with anger at Dylan’s betrayal, thousands more because they had come to see their idol and he had barely performed. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, tried to quiet them, but it was impossible. Finally, Dylan reappeared with a borrowed acoustic guitar and bid Newport a stark farewell: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue….”

Dylan at Newport is remembered as a pioneering artist defying the rules and damn the consequences. Supporters of new musical trends ever since—punk, rap, hip-hop, electronica—have compared their critics to the dull folkies who didn’t understand the times were a-changing, and a complex choice by a complex artist in a complex time became a parable: the prophet of the new era going his own way despite the jeering rejection of his old fans. He challenged the establishment: “Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?” He defined his own transformation: “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” He drew a line between himself and those who tried to claim him: “I try my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants me to be just like them.” And he warned those wary of following new paths: “He not busy being born is busy dying.”

In most tellings, Dylan represents youth and the future, and the people who booed were stuck in the dying past. But there is another version, in which the audience represents youth and hope, and Dylan was shutting himself off behind a wall of electric noise, locking himself in a citadel of wealth and power, abandoning idealism and hope and selling out to the star machine. In this version the Newport festivals were idealistic, communal gatherings, nurturing the growing counterculture, rehearsals for Woodstock and the Summer of Love, and the booing pilgrims were not rejecting that future; they were trying to protect it.

Elijah Wald is the author of Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties. His ther books include The Mayor of MacDougal Street, inspiration for the film Inside Llewyn Davis; Escaping the Delta, about the myth and music of Robert Johnson; and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music. He has won a Grammy Award, an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award, and the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey award; has taught blues history at UCLA; and travels widely as a speaker on popular music. He lives in Medford, MA.

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Mother of Columbine Shooter To Publish a Memoir

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The book will be published next year

16 years ago, Sue Klebold’s son Dylan walked into Columbine High School, killed thirteen people and then himself. She’s now publishing a memoir about her ordeal and the last decade and a half she has spent trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

In the years after the shooting, Klebold has become an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, so her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, will share insights from her experience with her son as well as warning signs for other parents. Profits from the book will be donated to charities focused on mental health issues.

The idea of a school shooter’s mother writing a memoir was explored in Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, a tale of a fictional school massacre from the perspective of the killer’s mom.

On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and his friend Eric Harris murdered twelve students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado and wounded 24 others before they killed themselves.

A Mother’s Reckoning will be published on February 16, 2016.

TIME Parenting

The Yelling Diner Owner and the Toddler’s Parents Were Wrong

Stephen Camarata, PhD, is the author of The Intuitive Parent

Parents are the only ones who should discipline a child—but they should have a game plan for when tantrums happen (take it from a father of 7)

The recent episode at Marcy’s Diner in Portland, Maine—when a 21-month-old toddler’s extended bout of crying caused the diner’s owner to kick out both the child and her parents—highlights the difficult decisions every parent must make when taking a young child into a public place. Both the parents, Tara and John Carson, and the diner’s owner, Darla Neugebauer, made poor decisions that day.

First, Neugebauer crossed a line. Neugebauer and Tara Carson disagree on whether the crying went on for an hour or only 10 minutes, and on whether other customers were bothered by the noise. But it doesn’t matter. No non-parent—in this case, the diner owner—should ever take it upon themselves to discipline or correct someone else’s child without first getting permission from the parents. If I were in the owner’s shoes, I would have respectfully requested that the parents do everything they could to console their child. And because I love children and can usually get them to calm down, I would have offered my own services. Regardless, Neugebauer’s justification that yelling “This needs to stop!” did, in fact, cause the toddler to stop crying does not meet the standard of parental consent.

On the other hand, every parent should try to keep their child from having an adverse effect on those around them, and it doesn’t seem like the Carsons made a good-faith effort. No child is perfect. Even mild-mannered toddlers will throw tantrums in front of crowds of people. In my experience—which includes raising seven children of my own—the first step is to try consoling your crying toddler, and if attempts to calm them fail, the second step is to take them outside. Allowing a child to cry for nearly an hour in an enclosed public space—if this version of the story is true—isn’t courteous to anyone in the diner, including the owner.

Parents need to prepare a game plan before their child throws in a tantrum in a restaurant. For instance, when my wife and I went shopping with a young child (or two or seven), one of us would be prepared to take a child out of the store in the event of a meltdown. This duty usually fell to me, and I would go to the car with my upset son or daughter until the storm passed. Then we would go back into the store. We had a very simple game plan, and it worked for us. Your game plan should depend on the temperament of your child, the atmosphere of the public place you’re in, and the number of people around you. But since these situations are inherently stressful—it is all too easy to succumb to anger or embarrassment—do have a game plan in place before you find yourself mid-way through a meltdown. It will minimize your stress as a parent, serve your child’s learning needs, and show courtesy for your fellow shoppers or brunch patrons.

In my new book The Intuitive Parent, I call for a return to instinct-driven parenting. Think of it less as a one size fits all set parenting style, like the recently popularized “free range” and “helicopter” parenting trends, but rather a common-sense approach to navigating today’s panic-inducing claims about child behavior and development within your own parental comfort zone. Drawing on my research as a professor and specialist on child developmental delays and disabilities, and on my personal experience as a father, I have found that the recent craze to push children to behave or develop in one way or another almost certainly backfires. A better solution is to use your instinct as a parent to its full advantage, finding a middle ground between encouragement and discipline that suits your individual child.

The situation between the Carsons and their two-year-old was a missed opportunity for intuitive parenting. Some parents seem to have the mistaken belief that setting limits or saying “no” to a child is harmful to their psychological development. In truth, a toddler must learn that there are certain places, like a busy street, and certain activities, like touching a hot stove, that won’t be allowed. Imposing limits on a child’s behavior, without disciplining to the point of abuse, does not psychologically damage the child in any way. In fact, I would argue that consistent consequences are a key component of intuitive parenting, because they provide valuable feedback to the child’s developing brain. That might make it less likely for a tantrum to interrupt your next family breakfast, and less likely that you’ll get interrupted by a diner owner—which is best for everyone.


Stephen Camarata, PhD, is a professor in the department of hearing and speech sciences and a professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is a children’s speech expert and the author of THE INTUITIVE PARENT: Why the Best Thing for Your Child is You.

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John Green Is This Close to Having All His Books Made Into Movies

John Green attends the New York City premiere of "Paper Towns" on July 21, 2015.
Taylor Hill--Getty Images John Green attends the New York City premiere of "Paper Towns" on July 21, 2015.

The Paper Towns author is well on his way to seeing all—or at least most—of his books adapted for the big screen

The New Yorker dubbed him “The Teen Whisperer.” One headline described him as “Teenager: Aged 36.” And his name has become synonymous with a phenomenon in young adult fiction — the so-called “John Green effect” — which describes a trend toward honest, relatable characters he’s said to have inspired (though some have argued his share of the spotlight is disproportionate).

With five books to his name (one co-authored with David Levithan), John Green is riding the young adult fiction train to the bank, to the hearts of teens everywhere and, perhaps most notably, to the movies. His first book-turned-movie, The Fault in Our Stars, published in 2012 and released in theaters in 2014, was an instant sensation, helping to propel several of his years-old titles onto bestseller lists. Produced on a $15 million budget and grossing more than $300 million in ticket sales, that adaptation thrust Green from best-selling author and Internet personality to king of the YA box office.

Many of the moviegoers who cried their way through The Fault in Our Stars will return to theaters this weekend when the adaptation of Paper Towns, Green’s 2008 novel about a teenaged boy searching for his elusive dream-girl gone missing, lands with a highly anticipated star turn from model/actress Cara Delevigne.

With those two adaptations under his belt, that leaves just three more to make Green to YA movies what Nicholas Sparks has been to the romance genre. Here’s the status of the rest of Green’s novels vis-à-vis silver screen reimaginings:

Looking for Alaska (2005): Paramount Pictures bought the rights to Green’s first novel, about a teenaged boy who leaves his boring life for boarding school and meets an enigmatic young woman, the same year the book was published. The project has cycled through a few different screenwriters and directors, but the latest reports suggest that the script will be penned by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also wrote Fault and Paper Towns, with emerging director Rebecca Thomas at the helm.

An Abundance of Katherines (2006): Green announced in a 2007 vlog that a small production company, East of Doheny, had optioned the rights to his second novel, about a boy consistently dumped by girls named Katherine, and asked Green to write the screenplay. Ultimately, the movie didn’t come together with East of Doheny, but Green reports on his website that he is working with a different production company now, though the actual movie is “a long way off.”

Will Grayson Will Grayson (2010): Green’s novel with Levithan is the only one of his books that has not been optioned for a movie. Though there doesn’t appear to be any kind of grassroots campaign to make it one—surprising, given the fervor Green’s fans feel for his work—the story of two teens who share a name did at least get the spin-off treatment. In March, Levithan released Hold Me Closer, a musical novel which offers fans the full script of a musical one of Grayson’s characters is writing in the book. Levithan didn’t release sheet music with the script, but said he hopes fans will share their own renditions of the songs online.

Bonus: Fox 2000 Pictures announced this week that it has entered into a first-look producing deal with Green. The details of the deal are vague at best, but it will apparently allow Green to collaborate with Temple Hill Entertainment, which produced The Fault in Our Stars, on several projects. At 37, Green shows no signs of slowing his roll — and may well give us reason to write a variation of the very same article, a decade from now, about his next five books.

TIME Books

The 5 Biggest Mistakes All Leaders Make

Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster are the authors of Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success.

How not to be the Donald Trump or Michael Scott in your office

Imagine if there were an Uber for hiring. Instead of trawling through résumés and endless interviews, you could just open an app and order yourself a new data scientist or marketing analyst. Then you could track their expected arrival time and only accept them if they are 4.5 stars or greater. It’s a nice idea but, despite the hype, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. Well, not for senior hires, at least. And although everyone agrees that hiring is tough, most managers struggle with an even more prevalent leadership mistake. It’s an affliction as prevalent as the common cold and one of the least recognized in the workplace today.

Over the last 20 years at ghSMART, we have been able to empirically observe where executives excel and where they get in their own way. We have conducted five-hour interviews of more than 15,000 leaders across every major industry, producing more than 9 million data points. So, what is the number one most common mistake that holds leaders back? The complete inability to remove underperformers. New managers struggle with it. So do CEOs, CFOs, COOs, you name it – it’s endemic. And why do we all struggle with this? Here are the top five reasons that we see:

  1. You are an eternal optimist. You somehow believe that you will fix poor Mark in Finance or Emma in Marketing. Or, even better, perhaps they will magically fix themselves.
  2. You don’t want to rock the boat. You believe in accepting the cards that you are dealt. You have been taught to make do. As kids learn at daycare today, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.”
  3. You dislike conflict. Difficult conversations are difficult. So it is easier to suffer through it even if your whole team can now get less done.
  4. You will look bad. You may have hired or promoted them into the role. You don’t want to just pass the buck.
  5. You excel at procrastinating. Why do today what can safely be put off for another day? Besides, who knows? He or she might resign, and that would make it easier for everyone.

You may suffer from just one, or more likely a combination, of these reasons. And yet our research found that executives who excelled at removing underperformers from their teams are more than twice as likely to have had a successful career than all other senior leaders. Yes, that’s right: twice as likely.

The best leaders we meet tell us that it makes all the difference. Panos Anastassiadis is one who does it very well. He was the CEO of Cyveilance, which grew over 1500 percent in five years. Panos shared how he thought about the “who” in his business: “Every quarter I start with a blank sheet of paper and I design an organizational chart based on my biggest priorities. I make the assumption that I have to operate with only 50 percent of my staff. Who would be on my team? Then I increase my assumption to 70 percent, 85 percent and 95 percent. Immediately, I know who my stellar personnel are and who are key and indispensable. Whoever is not in the 85 percent group is very dispensable, and I average up on the first occasion. As a result of that, our involuntary attrition has been less than 2 percent.” What was the result? “The team we built has been the single decisive factor for our success. I have simply been constantly averaging up who is on the team.”

And yet many of us have watched Ricky Gervais’s or Steve Carrel’s portrayal of the appalling boss on The Office and sympathized. Yes, David Brent and poor old Michael Scott are terrible managers, but we identify with their deep-seated need to be liked. Like them, we also seek approval from our co-workers and teams. We don’t want to be a narcissistic Donald Trump shouting, “You’re fired!” That’s not what we signed up for.

There are ways you can do it and still do right by the individual in question. You can set them clear goals and craft the role to play to their strengths. But when it is clearly not working, it is time to take action. Run a fair, objective talent management process; tell them that their performance is not where it needs to be; and give them 30, 60 or 90 days to turn their situation around. But if that does not work, it is time to have that tough conversation that deep down you know you should have had 6, 12 or maybe 24 months ago. And only then you can get out your Uber-like hiring app and order yourself the A player that you need.

Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster are the authors of Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success, published by Ballantine in June 2015.


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TIME Travel

8 Travel Itineraries for English Literature Lovers

Plan a literary pilgrimage with this guide to storied travel destinations around the world

Reading can be an escape from everyday life. Some writers—J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, and C.S. Lewis come to mind—created entire worlds only accessible through the pages of their books. But other authors choose to base their stories in the real world, giving fans the opportunity to follow in their favorite characters’ footsteps. Read on for eight vacation itineraries written with book lovers in mind.

  • Dublin


    Even if Dublin’s only literary son was James Joyce, the Irish capital would still deserve a spot on this list. Once a year on June 16, fans of Ulysses—often decked out in period costume—retrace the fictional Leopold Bloom’s journey through the city. Visiting another time? Celebrate the stream-of-consciousness connoisseur with a walking tour curated by James Joyce Centre, then stop in the Dublin Writers’ Museum or sneak a peek of The Book of Kells, housed at Trinity College, to celebrate the bookish history of the city. Prefer poetry to prose? Celebrate the life and works of W.B. Yeats at The National Library of Ireland’s interactive exhibit.

  • New York City

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    Practically every neighborhood in New York, from The Bronx to Brooklyn Heights, lays claim to an iconic author, so consider this an abbreviated itinerary for the city:

    Make the most out of a quick trip by checking into the Library Hotel, a Midtown boutique that caters specifically to book lovers, with a reading room, poetry garden, and a collection of texts organized by—what else—the Dewey Decimal System.

    Start your day with a bite to eat outside Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue, in honor of Truman Capote’s much beloved short story. Then, make your way uptown to Central Park with stops at the Alice in Wonderland statue, the literary walking path, and—unless you’re a phony—the duck pond made famous by Holden Caulfield inCatcher in the Rye.

    Recreate From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at the Met, then head to Harlem for a Renaissance walking tour or grab a seat at The Algonquin Hotel’s storied Round Table.

    Finish with a stroll around Washington Square Park paying homage to poets and writers from Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson to Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

    Want to take home a bit of bookish goodness? Pop in the Strandand pick up a worn copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, or pose for a snapshot with Patience and Fortitude outside the New York Public Library.

  • Bath

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    Once a fashionable escape for the London elite, Bath has long claimed tourism as a major industry. After walking through the town’s namesake attraction and sampling the healing spa waters, visiting English lit nerds should duck into the Jane Austen Centre for a look into the novelist’s life, a talk from a costumed curator, and tea service at the restaurant upstairs—the Champagne Tea with Mr. Darcy and the Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea, which includes warm scones served with locally sourced jam, both come highly recommended. True Pride and Prejudice diehards should plan a trip around the town’s Jane Austen Festival, which features a Regency costume ball.

  • London

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    Like in New York, the literary sites in London are too numerous to see in a short trip, but here are a few can’t-miss attractions:

    Fans of The Bard should head straight to The Globe, a replica of the theater where Shakespeare’s plays were performed during his heyday. Too cold for an outdoor show? The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next door offers a schedule of indoor performances and concerts by candlelight.

    Old-school mystery buffs and legions of Benedict Cumberbatch fans can both be seen stopping for a selfie with the sign at 221b Baker Street. While there, check out the Sherlock Holmes Museum for a full exhibit on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.

    If you’re in England’s capital around Christmas time, stop by the Charles Dickens Museum. It’s open year-round, but during the holidays, they go all out with Victorian decorations, mulled cider, and readings from A Christmas Carol.

    English majors the world over can pay tribute to their idols at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, where writers like Lord Byron, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen, William Blake, and many more are memorialized.

    Have time for a day trip? About an hour and a half outside the city lies Ashdown Forest, the original 100 Acre Woods where A.A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin used to play.

    And finally, no London vacation would be complete for Harry Potter fans without a photo op at Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station.

  • Oxford, Mississippi

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    Part of the genius of William Faulkner is that most of his stories are set in the same fictionalized version of Oxford, Mississippi. Known in the author’s universe as Yoknapatawpha County, the real-life college town boasts not only Rowan Oak, the now open-to-the-public abode of the Faulkner family, but also the author’s final resting place in Saint Peter’s Cemetery, where literary academics and co-eds alike leave half-empty bottles in offering to the Southern storyteller (and notorious whiskey drinker). Throughout the city, be on the lookout for plaques bearing passages of the author’s text or stop by the Thompson-Chandler house, which served as inspiration for the Compson home in The Sound and the Fury. If Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness style gives you a headache, hop down I-55 to explore the Eudora Welty House, filled with the short-story writer’s personal library, and her stunning garden.

  • Edinburgh

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    Named UNESCO’s first “City of Literature,” Edinburgh offer travelers a taste of bookish history upon arrival; the main train station in town is named after Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley, and the literary attractions don’t stop there.

    London may lay claim to Baker Street, but Edinburgh is where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is said to have dreamed up the eccentric detective—purportedly based on one of Doyle’s medical school professors. His childhood home is now the site of a school; a statue of Sherlock himself stands across the street.

    If money is no object for your journey, book room 652 at the Balmoral Hotel, where J.K. Rowling finished the Harry Potter series—and left her mark on a bust of the Greek god Hermes—then pop in The Elephant House for hot cocoa and a peek at the view that is said to have inspired Hogwarts in the first place.

    Stop in to Deacon Brodies, a traditional pub honoring the real-life inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for a stronger drink or frequent The Oxford Bar where Ian Rankin is a local.

    Prefer to hear about from the rising stars of the literary world? Plan a trip to Scotland during the International Book Festival; it’s the largest in the world with hundreds of events like discussion panels, book signings, and author meet-and-greets.

  • Key West

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    Hemingway’s former haunt welcomes fans of Papa year-round, but when the island shines is during its annual Hemingway Days Festival. Scheduled events include a lookalike contest, readings, a literary competition, and a quirky take on Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. Can’t make it to this year’s celebration? Stop by theHemingway House during visiting hours to see the author’s former home and the feline legacy he left behind. Not a fan of Ernest? Key West also lays claim to Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, and Shel Silverstein.

  • Baltimore

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    Few cities are so tied to a single literary character as Baltimore. From its football team, The Ravens—complete with an aptly named mascot—to The Annabel Lee Tavern, whose drink menu features cocktails like the Mesmeric Revelation and Morella, the Maryland city fully embraces its former resident, Edgar Allan Poe. True Tomahawk Man enthusiasts should stop by the poet’s house for a tour, raise a glass to The Raven writer at his gravesite à la the “Poe Toaster,” or order a round at The Horse You Came In On Saloon, a Fell’s Point bar that claims to be haunted by a spirit named Edgar.

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The Office star lends his voice to What Pet Should I Get?

For the second time this month, readers are getting a new book from an author beloved whose work was supposedly finished. Children’s book fans perhaps thought they’d gotten the last of Dr. Seuss when Theodor Seuss Geisel died in 1991. But in 2013, his widow, Audrey, and longtime friend and secretary, Claudia Prescott, discovered a box of material that included, among other snippets of imagination, the draft for What Pet Should I Get? The book features the same brother and sister from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish shopping at a pet store for a new friend to take home.

What Pet, which goes on sale next week, has already generated serious interest—the initial printing is 1 million copies. Random House VP and associate publishing director for children’s books Cathy Goldsmith says, “My guess is that it won’t be very long before there is a second printing.”

Goldsmith, who worked with Seuss on his art in his later years, explained the decision to publish What Pet posthumously, noting that if Geisel were still alive “he’d be giving us new books. And I think we’re also respectful enough and grateful enough for what he did write to have not published this if we thought it wasn’t worthy.”

The legacy of Seuss was plenty shored up by Geisel’s 44 illustrated volumes (What Pet will make 45), which have sold 650 million copies worldwide. As Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight put it, “The lasting characters that are born in children’s books become part of our culture, and better still, part of our lives. Ted Geisel’s did all of that with his totally original style.”

And Hollywood actors are among his fans, too: they’ve lent their voices to Seuss characters on the big screen for decades, from Boris Karloff’s 1966 Grinch to Jim Carrey’s 2000 version, to Mike Myers’ Cat in the Hat (2003) to Danny DeVito’s Lorax (2012). Now Rainn Wilson joins their ranks, voicing the audiobook version of What Pet Should I Get? Listen to The Office star in this exclusive clip:


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