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    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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You Don’t Know How Lucky You are Boy


“I have much more humility about my role in the publishing process now than I did ten years ago, I think that so much depends on luck, so much depends upon factors that are out of your control.”

This quote is by Jonathan Karp, the publisher of Simon and Schuster. I think it’s remarkable given that it’s his job to convince everyone that they know exactly what they’re doing. The truth is you can do everything for a book and it tanks. You can have a book with very little going for it, at least on the surface, and it can be a runaway success. Luck is such an interesting concept. Personally, I think you have to work very hard to be lucky. But even then you have to be lucky.

What’s your definition of luck?

6 Responses

  1. “What’s your definition of luck?”

    Successfully drawing to an inside straight.

  2. My definition?

    Luck is intangible – until something good/positive/exciting or bad/negative happens, it doesn’t exist.

    Still, it lurks, trying to decide if it will or won’t show up – therefore, I do a lot of knocking on wood, b/c I’m a superstitious sort.

  3. Luck is fickle and frankly narcissistic. She works on her own terms and on her own behalf. When she comes round the mountain grab her, but don’t bank on it. Yeah, I believe in hard work; it has its own rewards.

  4. Luck is an illusion and a fringe benefit. It it’s good, enjoy it, take advantage. If it’s bad, learn from it… was seldom by chance, but probably from our ignorance.

  5. Luck is the monkey’s paw.

  6. never never give up

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