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Three Reasons You Should Write an “Elevator Speech” (from New York Minute Magazine)

Three Reasons You Should Write an “Elevator Speech” (from New York Minute Magazine)

One of my best friends introduced me to the concept of an “elevator speech.” He is a successful executive who works at a big firm in town.  I talk to him often about the joys and miseries of teaching and writing and he explains what it’s like to work in his world (a career that actually pays a livable salary). As he explained the idea, I began daydreaming about all I’ve “accomplished” on an elevator: I’ve jumped up and down by myself. I’ve pushed all the buttons...

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A Resolution to Remember (from Busted Halo)

A Resolution to Remember (from Busted Halo)

I am a little ashamed to tell you that I cannot recall what my New Year’s resolutions were three-hundred-sixty-some days ago. My forgetfulness reminds me of high school, when I had a part in a skit for a New Year’s program that was modeled after Saturday Night Live. My favorite was “Mr. Short-Term Memory.” The original character was played brilliantly by Tom Hanks and written by an up-and-coming comedian named Conan O’Brien. I loved the episode where Tom Hanks went to...

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Three Life Lessons from Inside Llewyn Davis

Three Life Lessons from Inside Llewyn Davis

I braved Nashville’s subzero thermometer earlier in the week to visit the Belcourt (one of the coolest independent theaters in the country) and view the new Coen brothers’ offering: Inside Llewyn Davis.  As a music junky, a film set in the pre-Bob Dylan Greenwich Village folk era, with an elixir of musical contributions by artists like The Punch Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, and produced by a living legend like T-Bone Burnett seemed like a sure bet… throw...

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