Photo: Valeria Tsolova / 500px/Getty Images Dear Polly, I will never be who I want to be. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But then again, that’s honestly how I feel right now — like all my sneaking feelings of being an impostor, of not being smart enough or strong enough or confident enough to get what I want in life, are becoming demonstrably true, and not just in my head any longer. It’s impostor syndrome, but I really am an impostor and people are just now figuring it out. I have a great job, a boss-lady job, at which I am performing only adequately. This is not just in my head; at my recent annual review, my boss said I am “struggling.” He is often disappointed in my answers and my follow-through. I am always behind, short of answers, barely keeping up. I don’t remember all the things I’m supposed to manage. I delegate projects and then forget I delegated them. I feel sluggish, stupid, I struggle to make even easy decisions. I … [Read more...] about ‘I Will Never Be Who I Want to Be’
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The first time Heineken amazed me was in Tunisia, in early 2011, when I was covering the Jasmine revolution and the fall of President Ben Ali for a Dutch business newspaper. During my reporting, I discovered that Heineken maintained close ties with the kleptocratic family clan that had ruled Tunisia for almost 25 years. It was not just the relationship itself that had me stunned – it was the fact that Heineken was brewing beer there at all. I knew the company was doing business all over the world, and I had some vague notion that it would have breweries outside the Netherlands, but I had never realised the scale: 165 breweries in more than 70 countries, including this north African autocracy. The following year, I decided to begin work on a book about Heineken’s operations in Africa. When I told people in the Netherlands about my plan, I was mostly regaled with positive stories. A woman who had done an internship at Heineken told me she chose to apply to the company because … [Read more...] about Heineken claims its business helps Africa. Is that too good to be true?
[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Four days after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s surprise decision to call off the L train shutdown, his plan faced growing skepticism over whether it is the best way to repair the subway tunnel. The plan has been criticized as being a temporary fix and a risky solution since it has not been tried in New York before. Seeking to address the critics, officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sat down with reporters on Monday to defend the decision and to explain their new approach to fixing the tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The subway’s leader, Andy Byford, said he supported Mr. Cuomo’s plan, adding that he would make sure the work was safe and he believed it was the best option for riders whose lives would have been upended by a full shutdown that would have lasted more than a year. “We had a robust plan,” Mr. Byford said in an interview at the authority’s … [Read more...] about Is the Fix for the L-Train Apocalypse Too Good to Be True?
The deep, puckered furrows and wispy creases on Nick Nolte’s face tell the story of his life. It’s a life lived hard and fast — deliberately. A life of childhood football dreams turned into a career of Hollywood nights. A life that started in the Iowa woods, when his skin was taut and his memory less worn by a string of addictions and decades of inhabiting other people’s stories. Like the lines on his face, Nolte’s life has never followed a straight path, as I found out when I spoke with him for the Des Moines Public Library Foundation’s Iowa Author Award Dinner. Nolte, who, by his count, has appeared in more than 200 films, was being honored for his recent memoir, “Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines.” During our wide-ranging interview, Nolte wandered far from the questions I had meticulously prepared after three readings of his memoir and a weekend watching his oeuvre. He eschewed whats and whens and whys and hows for an evening … [Read more...] about ‘I left out some parts’: Iowa native Nick Nolte’s life is just unbelievable enough to be true
INDIANAPOLIS – It’s all there for the Purdue Boilermakers, a road to the Final Four that looks navigable assuming the Boilermakers don’t get waylaid by a dangerous pothole from Indianapolis. But let’s assume Purdue doesn’t go ker-klunk against Butler, a No. 10 seed looming as the Boilermakers’ potential opponent in the Round of 32 in Detroit. Let’s look at that game prudently, at this whole 2018 NCAA tournament bracket prudently, and let’s say what we see: And we see Purdue making its longest NCAA tournament run in almost 20 years. That doesn’t mean anything, mind you. The NCAA tournament is a weird place, a place where prudence isn’t permitted and where Purdue hasn’t had much luck. And ultimately, one way or another, this whole March Madness thing can hinge heavily on luck. For example: It was bad luck in 1994 when Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 points against Kansas in the Sweet 16 but then suffered a bizarre … [Read more...] about Doyel: Is Purdue’s NCAA tournament draw too good to be true?