Geoff Colvin's Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. (Short answer? Deliberate practice.) Paired with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. (Gist? Success is at the intersection of opportunity, talent, and hard work.) There are some revelations in the intersection of these two books. I'll let you know what they are if my brain doesn't explode by the time I finish them.
The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi. She hinted broadly.
Annie Lamott's Traveling Mercies - re-reading for my April book club meeting. A perfect read for this time of year, and almost potent enough to lift me from my current funk.
Almost done with Nassim Taleb's Fooled by Randomness and ready to start on The Black Swan. Among Taleb's "top life tips": 1. Skepticism is effortful and costly. It is better to be skeptical about matters of large consequences, and be imperfect, foolish and human in the small and the aesthetic. 6. Learn to fail with pride, and do so fast and cleanly. Maximize trial and error — by mastering the error part.
Send other suggestions my way. As you can tell, I'm a little light on fiction.