Could a better narrative save Obama's presidency? In his recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Drew Westen looks at how Obama's character traits explain his disappointing performance in office. Westen laments the president's lack of passion and misguided narrative, but Latoya Peterson thinks that Obama will need more than a strong narrative going forward.9:06 a.m.
Drew Westen: Professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of "The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation."
Latoya Peterson: Poynter Institute Sensemaking Fellow, owner and editor of Racialicious.
Humiliation Everyone experiences a humiliating event at some point in their life, and the painful memories often linger. But we also relish other people's humiliations. Wayne Koestenbaum's new book is a meditation on the pain and the pleasure of humiliation.10:06 a.m.
Wayne Koestenbaum: Poet and professor of English at the City University of New York. His new book is "Humiliation."
Amazon ups the ante against publishers Amazon announces the signing of a popular self-help author in a high-profile move to position the online retailer as a publisher. The move is making traditional publishers nervous.10:45 a.m.
Bethanne Patrick: Editor of Shelf Awareness, a newsletter about books and the publishing industry.