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Paul McCartney Gave A Profound Example Of How Celebrities Can No Longer Control Their Own Pasts

But with the rise of what might be called celebrity fascination fulfillment culture, sorting out truth from someone's unsourced but heavily read account seems to have risen to a new level of absurdity.<p>In a recent interview with Rolling Stone , Paul McCartney explained why he wrote an entire song, …

Paul McCartney

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

27 Musicians And Their Hits Reimagined As Buildings

What if you could live inside your favorite songs, from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Space Oddity?”<p>A beloved album can turn into a sonic home of sorts, and provide a measure of comfort that trumps an actual living space. Now we have a mash-up of both: In his new illustration series, “Archimusic,” …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Jack White’s Private World: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue

Few outsiders have ever been able to penetrate Jack White’s private world. But in the new issue of <i>Rolling Stone</i> (on stands Friday), contributing …

Faig Ahmed's Glitchy, Distorted Rugs Destroy The Stereotypes Of Eastern Tradition

Faig Ahmed, a visual artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, reworks the aesthetic of carpets, an “indestructible symbol of the Eastern tradition”, by weaving …

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

101 Albums To Hear Before You Die

These days, there’s more good music available at your fingertips than you could ever hope to listen to. Confused as to where to begin? We don’t blame …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity

Making this simple and short exercise a part of your daily routine will help you and your business.<p>Many corporations use meditation to help employees bring new ideas to the table--Shell Oil, Google, General Mills to name a few. I think it's also important for entrepreneurs to make meditation part …

Meditation

The 3 Best Books For Entrepreneurs to Return To, Again and Again

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I got out of college I was obsessed (some would say possessed) with developing a successful business. I had long been infatuated with the idea, having run small door-to-door businesses when I was in middle and high school. After …

Entrepreneurship

Answer These 3 Questions Before Jumping Into Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone has at least once in their life had a million-dollar idea. The tricky part is deciding if this idea actually has legs and could be a viable business.<p>As a small-business owner for a decade, I’ve identified three crucial questions …

Small Business

6 Ways to Analyze Your Creative Ideas

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Great marketers, PR pros, and content creators have one thing in common--they use both creativity and analytics to develop their successful ideas.<p>Christine Perkett dubbed this type of thinking as “Creatalitics” and gave an excellent definition for the term: …

Creativity

How You Can Stop Making Bad Decisions -- Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do we make unhealthy and unproductive choices -- even when we know we should do better?<p>If you ask most people, they will say that poor choices are a result of a “lack of willpower.”<p>But research from Columbia University is beginning to …

Will Power

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.<p>You work really hard. In fact, you might not be able to work any harder. But you can still work <i>smarter</i>.<p>Here are five ways anyone can work smarter from Belle Beth Cooper, content crafter at Buffer, the maker of a social media management tool that …

Productivity

How to Harness Individual Creativity? Foster Informal 'Hot Groups'

To direct employees' creative energies, allow them to meet and mingle. But keep it loose, as too much focus could stem the magic.<p>There's no question that the strength of an organization lies with the individual--and creativity is an attribute of individual actors. But individual creativity is …

A 20-Minute Exercise to Boost Your Brain Power

Take a little time out of your lunch break to do this activity and you can improve your mental function all afternoon, according to a new study.<p>Just this week on the Buffer blog, Belle Beth Cooper offered a list of ways to put your lunch break to better use backed by science. She offered …

Grapefruit Could Be Seriously Messing with Your Meds

Grapefruit, the breakfast staple of the masses, greatly affects the absorption of medication and could lead to a fatal overdose. Since I, myself, am among the 70 percent of Americans who take some form of prescription medication, I talked to a doctor...<p><i>Image via</i><p>Over the past few months, there has …

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Neil Young Reissuing Time Fades Away For the First Time on Record Store Day

Neil Young's 1973 album <i>Time Fades Away</i> is a live album featuring his backing band the Stray Gators, and beyond its initial release, has never been reissued. That is, until Record Store Day on April 19. Remastered from the original analog recordings, the album will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl.<p>…

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

15 jazz records for people who don't like jazz

<b>Busting the myth of jazz as a private island for the smug, middle-aged and lonely.</b><p>When the idea for this feature first came up it was with the …

Vinyl Records

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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Pete Seeger: the man who brought politics to music

Pete Seeger was a good man. There aren't many musicians you can say that about without seeming simplistic. Music is often progressed by flawed, volatile, glamorous egotists, and thank God for them. But Seeger carved out his place in history with a quieter, rarer set of qualities: nobility, …

Watch Documentaries on the Making of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd had to find its way again after founding singer Syd Barrett had a mental breakdown and left the band in 1968. The new group became …

How to Raise a Child: 10 Rules from Young Susan Sontag

The second volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, <i>As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980</i>, gave us the celebrated author and thinker’s insights on love, writing, censorship, and aphorisms. However, it was in the first installment, <b>Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963</b> …