Cassandra Lee

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‘Star Wars’ Rug That Looks Like a Carnivorous Wampa Ice Creature From Planet Hoth

ThinkGeek has released a <i>Star Wars</i> rug that looks like one of the carnivorous Wampa ice creatures from planet Hoth. The ferocious, yet cuddly, rug is …

The London Jungle Book: What an Indian Tribal Artist Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Capacity for Everyday Wonder

Something happened to us between Shackleton’s day in the Golden Age of Exploration and today — something that transformed us from wide-eyed wanderers who came to know distant lands with a sense of wonder and awe into the habitually crabby, short-tempered, entitled travelers we are today. We tap our …

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. <i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky …

7 Life

In the fall of 2013, as <i>Brain Pickings</i> was turning seven, I wrote about the seven most important things I learned in those seven years of reading, writing, and living. Much to my surprise and humbling delight, I began receiving a steady outpour of letters from readers, people for whom these notes to …

Legendary Songwriter Carole King on Inspiration vs. Perspiration and How to Overcome Creative Block

To call <b>Carole King</b> one of the most successful female songwriters of all time, while correct, would be a disservice to the fact that she is one of the most successful, innovative, creatively courageous <i>any</i> songwriters of all time — something her four Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll …

Alan Watts on the Difference Between Belief and Faith

A century and a half before Carl Sagan explored the relationship between science and religion, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the subject in a beautiful letter. Two centuries later, Alan Lightman crafted an enchanting definition of secular spirituality. This …

Maya Angelou’s Beautiful Letter to Her Younger Self

<i>“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all,”</i> the late and great <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) told Bill Moyers in their extraordinary 1973 conversation.<p>The theme of home and belonging is central to Angelou’s work — to her spirit — …

How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome

<i>“The author is cheating the reader as soon as he writes for the sake of filling up paper,”</i> 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer admonished in contemplating the ethics of authorship. A century and a half later, Susan Sontag opined that true literature “is actually just this little tiny …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

Swami Vivekananda on the Secret of Work: Intelligent Consolation for the Pressures of Productivity from 1896

In December of 1895, the renowned Indian Hindu monk and philosopher <b>Swami Vivekananda</b>, then in his early thirties, traveled to New York, rented a couple of rooms at 228 West 39th Street, where he spent a month holding a series of public lectures on the notion of <i>karma</i> — translated as <i>work</i> — and …

Physician Allison Ballantine’s Short, Stirring Commencement Address on Living with Presence

In culling the greatest commencement addresses of all time, I wondered whether the convocation speech genre might be the modern secular sermon of our time. But imparting life-advice that touches on the spiritual without veering off into the contrived and the aphoristic is a rare feat.<p>Several years …

Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors

<i>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,”</i> the French writer Chateaubriand is credited with saying. <i>“He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he</i> …

How to Find Yourself

At the age of twenty-one, artist and writer <b>James Harmon</b> chanced upon a copy of Rilke’s <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> and found himself mesmerized. Rilke’s elegant exploration of the deepest human concerns — love, fear, art, doubt, sex — prompted young Harmon to wonder what the best advice to young people …

Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist

<i>“Art is a form of consciousness,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. But for many working artists, who straddle the balance between creativity and commerce, art swells into a form of uncomfortable self-consciousness — something compounded by a culture that continually pits the two as a tradeoff. …

C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine

I’ve had a longtime fascination with the daily routines of notable writers and their creative rituals. One of the most lyrical, opinionated, and altogether wonderful comes from <b>C.S. Lewis</b> — a man of great wisdom on writing and extraordinary capacity for nuance in existential matters. In his 1955 …

A “Dynamic Interaction”: Leo Buscaglia on Why Love Is a Learned Language

Love might be one of the most quintessential capacities of the human condition. And yet, for all our poetic contemplation, psycho-scientific dissection, and anthropological exploration of it, we greatly underestimate the extent to which this baseline capacity — much like those for language, motion, …

Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement

By far the finest 2014 addition to the greatest commencement addresses of all time comes from Dartmouth College and Golden Globe-winning television writer and producer <b>Shonda Rhimes</b>, creator of some of the most acclaimed scripted dramas of the past decade. Rhimes, who graduated from Dartmouth …

The Best-Kept Secret of Clichés: How to Upgrade Our Uses and Abolish Our Abuses of Language

<i>“Aphoristic thinking is impatient thinking,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1980, lamenting the commodification of wisdom. But there is a yet greater abuse of language that bespeaks such impatience that bleeds into cognitive laziness — the aphorism’s cousin, the cliché, arguably the most …

A Guide for the Perplexed: Mapping the Meaning of Life and the Four Levels of Being

<i>“Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her sublime meditation on how the art of getting lost helps us find ourselves, <i>“and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery.”</i> But the maps we use to …

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are

In late 1999, <b>David Foster Wallace</b> (February 21, 1962–September 12, 2008) — poignant contemplator of death and redemption, tragic prophet of the meaning of life, champion of intelligent entertainment, admonisher against blind ambition, advocate of true leadership — called the office of the prolific …

Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and Learning to Stop Letting Others Define You

<i>“Discipline,”</i> the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, <i>“is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves [and] toward the society in which we live.”</i> It’s a dimensional definition that touches, ever so gently, on the second meaning of …

Share Your Bike with a Networked Lock

Want to let a pal borrow your bike? Skylock is a peer-to-peer bike sharing system, like Airbnb for two wheels. In addition to allowing multiple users …

Closca's Collapsible Bike Helmet

What deters many from strapping on a helmet before biking to the grocery store or utilizing a city's bike-share program is oftentimes the burden of carrying around the bulky (but potentially life-saving) accessory after the bike is parked. Here's where the foldable bike helmet from Valencia, …

The Burning Questions

12 common bike-shopping dilemmas explained, demystified and simplified<p>Walk into a bike shop, and you're confronted with a dizzying number of options, from broad (road or mountain?) to incredibly specific (single- or double-sided pedals?). Options are good—once you know the one that's right for</b> …

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20 of the Best WordPress Plugins For a More Powerful Blog

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There’s a saying you’ll often hear around Buffer’s content team: “There’s probably a plugin for that!”<p>We’re often chasing new ways to work smarter, faster and more productively—and the same is true of our Buffer blog.<p>We’re quick to grab any and all …

After Verizon, FCC Quizzing Other Carriers on Network Management

Chairman Tom Wheeler wants details on throttling.<p>The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless carriers to explain how they decide when to slow down download speeds for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about such a …

Let's Stop Trying To Teach Students Critical Thinking

Many teachers say they strive to teach their students to be critical thinkers. They even pride themselves on it; after all, who wants children to …

Facebook Messenger Is Getting Slammed By Tons Of Negative Reviews Right Now

In just a few days since the big split, Facebook Messenger has soared to the No. 1 spot in the iOS App Store — but it also has an overwhelming number of one-star ratings. Nearly 94% of those who rated the app gave it just one star. The Google Play store works a bit differently, as Mashable's …