February 13th, 2006

last unicorn

How do you see me?

The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up.

Or, in plain language, click on the link below and pick five or six words that you think describe me. Once you submit your choices, you (and I) can see how your view differs from my own - or how it matches.


On Leah McLaren

It appears you either love her or you hate her. And that your opinion of her new book is closely related to your opinion of her.

On Saturday, in the Globe's Books section, was this gushing reviewof Leah's new book. Now, I'm really kind of a Leah agnostic. I wasn't particularly interested in her book, but it's not my kind of thing anyway. After reading the gushing review, I must confess to having been even less interested. Not even Salman Rushdie gets praise like this. Forgive me if I'm skeptical.

But then -- then! I come across this rather more scathing review. As a negative review, it's hilarious. But not really all that descriptive of the book at hand.

So what I'm left wondering is, did anyone actually read the book? Or did they just review Leah?
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