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February 29, 2012 2:30 PM A Wee Bit of Self-Promotion

By Jesse Singal

I have a review of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” by New York Times investigative reporter Charles Duhigg, up on The Daily Beast. The short version: I recommend it. The slightly longer version: Duhigg uses the Patriots’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game in 2007 to make a point, and, since it’s an event that I am painfully familiar with, I noticed that he got a couple details wrong. My brain is filled with pointless things.

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.


  • schtick on February 29, 2012 4:25 PM:

    It gets worse as you get older. Not only does your memory fail, but you remember MORE pointless things.

  • Jill on February 29, 2012 4:53 PM:

    I think you meant "my brain is filled with valuable useless crap". :-)

    ...or as I call it for myself, the "librarian brain". :-)

  • pjcamp on February 29, 2012 9:58 PM:

    "My brain is filled with pointless things."

    That's good. They won't stick out of your head.

  • Patango on February 29, 2012 11:46 PM:

    When your pulling double duty to fill in at the last minute these thoughts will expose themselves , I like it , real life interrupting the mundane can be a good reboot , it can be a bit stressful while it is happening tho....I say well put everyone