Overlook Anthology, Room 400: Grit

Today, I saw the TEDTalk of Angela Duckworth and her theory that “Grit” is a trait that trumps talent in terms of success. Similar ideas have been said before: “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” “Practice makes perfect.” Which raises the question: what percentage of practice makes …

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Overlook Anthology, Room 440: Kids & Kew & Kaput

There are numerous signs throughout the greenhouses at Kew Gardens in London. The Royal Botanical Gardens have a set aimed at kids. Where they can learn about plants. And Death. If this tree falls in the forest, would there be anyone alive to hear it? Amenities of Room 440: Lush grounds. Permanent Exit Signs.