First Paragraph


From Darkness at Noon by Arthur KoestlerThe cell door slammed behind Rubashov.

Marton’s Great Escape is Worth the Trouble to Find a Copy

First Friday Book Synopsis

Karl''s blog entries ABC Alexandra Korda Andre Kertesz Arthur Koestler Casablanca D-Day Darkness at Noon Edward Teller Eugene Wigner first friday book synopsis Jews John von Neumann Kati Marton Leo Szilard Michael Curtiz Normandy NPR Paris: A Love Story Peter Jennings Richard Holbrooke Robert Capa Simon & Schuster The Great Escape The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006).

Quote of the Day


Arthur KoestlerThe more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

Novels as Guides to People


Let's stipulate that if you want to get to know people you need to "get out among 'em" and keep your eyes and ears open. That said, the books of certain novelists are treasure chests of insight.

Freedom Studies


A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

Harvard Business Review

The term “holarchy” made its debut in Ghost in the Machine , a analysis of the human brain and its failings penned by Arthur Koestler in 1967. Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in decision-making.