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Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music

<i>“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful essay on reading and writing. It is also, perhaps, a seed planted in another’s garden of consciousness. It is no coincidence that most highly creative people are voracious readers — books, after all, …

How the CIA brought Animal Farm to the screen

The film version of Animal Farm was released to acclaim six decades ago. There was a gala launch at the United Nations in New York in 1954 and the film was praised by national newspapers. "The British out-Disney Disney" was one headline.<p>George Orwell's novella remains a set book on school …

The science of Interstellar: astrophysics, but not as we know it

Spoiler alert: discusses plot details While the latest sci-fi blockbuster sports a veneer of scientific accuracy, its plot requires fantasies of science fiction to work out, says Dr Roberto Trotta, senior lecturer in astrophysics at Imperial College London<p>Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the …

40 best iPhone and iPad games of 2014 (so far)

Hearthstone, Monument Valley, Supernauts, Boom Beach, Thomas Was Alone, Threes!, Leo's Fortune and more<p>If you're an iPhone and/or iPad-owning gamer in 2014, you truly are spoiled for choice when it comes to new titles.<p>This year has seen a steady flow of innovative, creative and above all …

5 Links to Read Before Pickling

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.</i><p><i>Today: Your guide to pickle perfection.</i><p>It's hard to mention pickles these days without an eye roll from someone lamenting their trendiness and their …

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Gluten-Free Plum Crisp

Gluten-Free Plum Crisp with Pistachio, Oat and Almond Meal Topping<p>Author: Cookie and Kate<br>• Prep Time: 20 mins<br>• Cook Time: 55 mins<br>• Total Time: 1 hour 15 …

David Bowie Answers the Famous Proust Questionnaire

In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession …

Beloved British Artist Ralph Steadman Illustrates the Life of Leonardo da Vinci

Freud once observed that the great Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci was “like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.” And how blazingly awake he was — his Vitruvian Man endures as one of the most iconic images of all time, his visionary anatomical …

7 Genius Ways to Use Quinoa You Never Would've Thought Of

Make sure to buy a big box on your next supermarket run.<p>Quinoa salads are great, sure—but they're just the beginning of the amazing things you can do with this versatile ingredient. From burger-like patties to chocolatey truffles, it's time to add to your arsenal of quinoa recipes, thanks to these …

Earth Bowl Salads with Smokey Candied Walnuts and Basil Vinaigrette

Earth Bowl Salads with Smokey Candied Walnuts and Basil Vinaigrette combines spicy, sweet, and smokey in one sensational salad!<p>Ben and I enjoyed …

Tchaikovsky on the “Immeasurable Bliss” of Creativity, the Mystical Machinery of Inspiration, and the Evils of Interruptions

<i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> legendary composer <b>Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky</b> wrote in 1878 in a letter to his benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck, attesting to what psychologists have since demonstrated empirically — that “grit” is more …

The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework: A Proto-Feminist Children’s Book from 1935

In 1928, nearly a century before the internet cat memes reached their crescendo, pioneering artist, author, illustrator, and translator <b>Wanda Gág</b> (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) won the prestigious Newbery and Lewis Carroll Shelf awards for her children’s book <i>Millions of Cats</i>, the oldest American …

The 4 Best Broccoli Recipes

Your last excuse for avoiding this vitamin-packed veggie just went out the window<p>You know you <i>should</i> be eating broccoli—it's low-cal and packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. On top of all that, it's also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Still not putting it on your …

Cleansing Cold Cucumber Soup

Love summer but hate melting into a puddle? Try my cold, cleansing cucumber soup and you'll not only feel as cool as a popsicle, but you'll also feel detoxed and refreshed as a yogi. Plus, the mixture packs in three awesome foods with benefits: Greek yogurt for beautiful hair, skin, and nails, …

Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

Last week my husband came home with a 5-pound bag of organic carrots. “Kroger was out of the smaller bags,” he said. “So I thought you could make …

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Peach Butter

Peach Butter from Nourished Kitchen• 15 pounds peaches (pitted and quartered)<br>• 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon<br>• 2 teaspoons ground ginger<br>• 1/2 teaspoon freshly …

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17 Last-Minute Potluck Dishes

<i>This article was originally published in 2014. When we saw you wanted summer potluck ideas, we spruced it up and returned it to the homepage.</i><p>It’s almost the weekend and you're excited to get to that picnic, barbecue, or cookout your friends invited you to. But as you look back at the invitation (or …

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8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>Happy Fourth of July! Some of you may already have a cold beer in one hand and grilled corn on the cob in the other, but if you're still looking for a …

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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 …

The Art of Looking: How to Live with Presence, Break the Tyranny of Productivity, and Learn to See Our Everyday Wonderland

For my book club collaboration with <i>The Dish</i>, Andrew Sullivan’s online oasis of intelligence and idealism, I had the pleasure of sitting down with cognitive scientist <b>Alexandra Horowitz</b> to discuss her immeasurably wonderful <b>On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes</b> (<i>public library</i>) — one of the best …

The Last Hotel: Patti Smith Sets Jack Kerouac to Song

Between 1954 and 1965, in the thick of his foray into Buddhism, <b>Jack Kerouac</b> turned his beliefs and techniques for writing prose to poetry and wrote several dozen poems, both playful and profound, spanning everything from irreverent comments on his friends to meditations on spirituality. They were …

Dr. Oz's Brilliant Anti-Inflammatory Food Swaps

Making a few simple tweaks to your diet can help you feel better—and look better, too.<p>Sweeten with Cinnamon Instead of Sugar

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Father's Day Feasting: Impress Dad with this Garlicky Potato Salad Recipe

Time to up your spud game. And California's star chef Michael Chiarello has the easy-to-make recipe to impress dad right down to the garlicky …

Chilled pea soup with fried ham croquettes recipe

This soup really makes the most of sweet fresh peas, though you can use frozen if you want<p>You can make the soup and croquettes the day before and simply fry the croquettes before serving.<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>Olive oil<br>1 onion, finely chopped<br>1 garlic clove, finely chopped<br>A handful of mint …

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Warm smoked mackerel with pickled cucumbers recipe

This quick cucumber salad works beautifully with mackerel, or any fish for that matter<p>The cucumbers need at least 2 hours in the vinegar so you will need to prepare them in advance. Once you’ve done that, the rest of the dish takes seconds to prepare.<p><b>SERVES</b><br>4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>1 cucumber<br>50ml/2 fl oz red …

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