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Susan Cain

Susan Cain

In this day and age, extroversion is king. How else can one market oneself, network effectively, collaborate with others and become well-known in his or her field?

At Greenlight Bookstore on Monday night, Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, discussed this issue with George Prochnik (In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise).

And it is an issue. Not only do introverts boast important and helpful traits that can get lost in the noise, but many feel guilty about their propensity for quieter environments. Susan (a self-proclaimed introvert) argues for balance and an appreciation for both types of people (she is, after all, married to an extrovert).

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This Week’s Readings

In order to shake things up a bit, I’ve decided to start writing about other literary blogs I admire. It’s funny that almost a year ago when I started BookStalker I had so little knowledge of New York’s rich and vivrant (that’s right, I said vivrant) literary community. Not to say I’m an expert now, but I have gotten to know some cool outlets, and, dear reader,  I’d like to share them with you.
 
Let’s start with one of the first literary bloggers I met in New York (in a cigar bar, specifically): Ron Hogan. Now, for anyone who doesn’t know, Ron is kind of a legend. He started Beatrice.com back in 1995 (!), which makes his the longest-running lit site OF ALL TIME. Ron offers a ton of content, from book reviews to author guest essays to a new podcast where he interviews memoirists. He’s a nuanced and engaging writer, and in every post his intelligence and knowledge shine through. Check out his most recent post, in which he invites Emma Straub (Other People We Married) to talk about the genesis of her “obsession” with short stories.

Alrighty. We have one more thing to get to—namely, my top lit picks for the week.  

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