Author Archives: Robert Rose-Coutré

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, a Biography by Simon Callow

Book Review Title: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World Author: Simon Callow Published: Vintage 2012 Perhaps no one alive today has done more to shine a light on Charles Dickens, the man and his works, than Simon … Continue reading

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The Leopard, a Novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Book Review Title: The Leopard Author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Publisher: Pantheon Books (Paperback), New York (1960) ISBN-13: 978-0-679-73121-4 Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard follows the life of Sicilian Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, around the time of Garibaldi, mainly … Continue reading

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Autobiography of World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal

Book Review Title: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal Author: Mikhail Tal Publisher: Everyman Chess (London) Date: 1997, 2015 Mikhail Tal’s autobiography is in the form of an interview,

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Patrick Brontë: Man of Sorrow

Book Review Title: A Man of Sorrow: The Life, Letters and Times of the Rev. Patrick Brontë 1777–1861, 566 pages Authors: John Lock and Canon W. T. Dixon Publisher: Ian Hodgkins & Co. LTD, London (1979) ISBN-13: 978-0906460047 Patrick Brontë … Continue reading

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Kant and Critique: New Essays in Honor of W.H. Werkmeister

Book Recommendation Title: Kant and Critique: New Essays in Honor of W.H. Werkmeister Author: R.M. Dancy, W.H. Werkmeister, et al. Publisher: Springer; 1993 I attended this conference that is commemorated in this volume, where these essays were originally presented, at … Continue reading

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Wright on Wittgenstein

Book Review Title: Wittgenstein Author: Georg Henrik von Wright Published: University of Minnesota Press 1982 Ludwig Wittgenstein was G. H. von Wright’s professor, mentor, and friend. After Wittgenstein died in 1951, Wright became literary executor and spent thirty years collecting, … Continue reading

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Lenfest Dontates Newspapers to Nonprofit Journalism Institute

Journalism is near to the heart of most bloggers. I’ve worked as a reporter and as an editor at small newspapers (many years ago). I read lots of online news, in current affairs as well as professional and industry articles … Continue reading

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Consultant versus Contractor

I recently read a LinkedIn post of an article by QA writer Johanna Rothman, “Differences Between Hiring a Contractor or Consultant.” People commented that they didn’t get the distinction, or didn’t agree with it. Commenters either said there is no … Continue reading

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Remote Teams

I have led remote teams, been a member of remote teams, and accomplished several types of projects with remote teams. I will not bore you with another “Top 5 Tips for Remote-Team Success” or “Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid.” You … Continue reading

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The Honored Guest

With the 4th of July rolling around, here is my tribute to one of our lesser-known Founding Fathers: Thomas Paine. Like a good father, he suggested names for the new baby he was creating. In Common Sense, he used phrases … Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

Book Review Title: The Secret Lives of Codebreakers Author: Sinclair McKay Published: Penguin Group 2010 Recently I saw the 2014 film The Imitation Game about British Intelligence’s codebreaking of German communications during World War II. The movie was interesting enough … Continue reading

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The Education of Henry Adams

Book Review Title: The Education of Henry Adams Author: Henry Adams Published: Modern Library 1931. Originally published 1918. Privately circulated 1907 Last December I wrote about Adams’ earlier work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, which I recommended for its rich blend of … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

March 15 is remembered as the Ides of March because of the assassination of Roman ruler Julius Caesar. In B.C. 49 a power struggle divided the Roman Senate. Two influential leaders controlled military forces: Julius Caesar and a man by … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens 203

Let us take a moment to remember Charles Dickens today, his 203rd Birthday. When you read novels by Charles Dickens, and then read true accounts of mid-1800s London and look at photographs of the period, you’ll find his descriptions match … Continue reading

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Poe 206

Edgar Allan Poe is not considered a top literary figure by many critics. He was considered even less during his lifetime. He was a critic himself, and his creative works did not earn him much of a living.

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Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

Book Review Title: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Author: Henry Adams Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (June 3, 1986). Originally published 1904. Henry Adams toured French mediæval gothic architecture, and apparently took a lot of notes, focusing on the Grande Cathedrals of … Continue reading

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Marketing Deeper

Conventional views of marketing is that it’s shallow, purely promotional, and not deeply informative like other forms of information, such as research articles and manuals. There’s been a large gap between deeper learning versus glossy brochures. Today, good marketing is … Continue reading

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Content Marketing

When scientists publish articles in reputable journals, it enhances their reputation. When the scientist works for a company in the industry, it enhances the company’s reputation. That kind of knowledge leadership builds trust and indirectly generates revenue. No amount of … Continue reading

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Decision Criteria

When you need to make a decision, it is often hard to filter the information overload, negative influences, and other distractions. To cut to the chase in a decision, eliminate what you don’t need from your attention. What’s left crystallizes … Continue reading

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The Doublecheckers

Exhausted after fifteen hours of preparing a CD product that had to ship that day, one last little error was found, and fixed. “It’s good to go!” said the person who fixed it. It was 11 p.m. on a Friday … Continue reading

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