Friday Link Dump 8.24.07

We’re rubbish at predicting how what happens will affect us emotionally

(We underestimate how well we will do, and overestimate how much missing that goal will hurt us)

NYT: The Politics of God

(Understanding the history of Western fundamentalism and the rise of religious freedom so we can combat it in the East.)

Why Trapped in the Closet is an R. Kelly triumph

(A perfect example of a critic losing touch with reality because the assume everyone else thinks the same way they do. This is the same trap a lot of English professors fall prey to where they assert meaning that makes absolutely no sense given the context. Reminds me a little of the Psychologist’s fallacy What’s more likely, a sexually deviant, R&B singer wrote a god-awful song that he thinks is good because he has no shame or that it is an attempt at meta-fiction and a comment on culture?)

Word-of-mouth rampant on college campuses

(As the paradox of choices becomes a problem for more and more people, word of mouth is going to rise exponentially in value–something marketers and publishers have never been good at understanding.)

The Starbuckian Handbook

(For those of us that use Starbucks like an office, this means a lot. The TMMB did a thread on it here)

Surprises on the Executive Bookshelf

(A look at what the leaders are reading. Fuck the NYT subscription, read it on the blog instead)

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Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.