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How to Stop Worrying By Staying Present With Mindfulness

Excessive worry seems to continue to be on the rise, even impacting teens more than ever, and can have devastating consequences. Worry and stress can …

Mindfulness

Why your smart friends can seem like such slackers

People who like to use their brains are a lot less physically active than people who don't, according to research published this month in the Journal of Health Psychology.<p>Now, you may think this isn't terribly surprising. Smarter people are probably more likely to go to college and take jobs that …

Humanity

24 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, August 7

Looking for something to do on Sunday? <i>The Straight</i>’s got you covered. Here are 24 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, August 7.<p><b>CONCERTS</b><p>…

The End of the Angry Guitar

A couple of decades ago, the guitar still ruled in rock and pop, but now it’s in eclipse. These 14 albums reveal how guitar music is reinventing …

Guitar

So long, Marianne: Leonard Cohen writes to muse just before her death

Cohen’s letter to Marianne Ihlen said ‘our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon’<p>Leonard Cohen penned a poignant final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, a longtime friend of hers revealed on Canadian radio.<p>Ihlen, whom Cohen wrote about in So Long, Marianne and Bird …

Chord Building 101 | Guitar Lesson

hounddogmusic12<p>Ultimate Guitar<p>hounddogmusic12<p>Posted Aug 25, 2009 03:28 PM<p>61<p>Alot of guitarists hear the word "theory" and they turn and run as fast as …

Electric Guitar

Three Insanely Easy Chord Structures for Nuanced Melody in the Key of C

4<p>SHARES<p>I’ve found that the full, open C chord guitar form, while perfectly lovely, is not always your best option. It certainly shouldn’t be your <i>only</i> …

Electric Guitar

10 Classic Albums Rolling Stone Originally Panned

From Led Zeppelin's debut to Nirvana's 'Nevermind,' look back at 10 times our critics' takes didn't quite line up with history<p>NOW PLAYING<p>10 Classic …

Rock Music

Mother claims she has to restrain mentally-ill son, 24, with handcuffs due to 'lack of support from NHS'

A mother claims she has to put her mentally-ill son in handcuffs at home because of a lack of support from mental health services.<p>Joely Hignett alleges she has to physically restrain 24-year-old son Kyle Hignett - who has a borderline personality disorder and suffers from psychosis - to stop him …

Mental Health

Pokémon Go is just the start – Silicon Valley is taking over our reality

New technologies from games to the internet of things are integrating every aspect of our lives into a global network that serves monopoly capitalism<p>From minefields in Bosnia to military bases in Indonesia, from Holocaust museums to Julian Assange’s embassy, Pokémon seem to be everywhere. As …

Is addiction really a disease?

Treating addiction as if it is a learned pattern of thinking gives addicts the chance to stay clean<p>What is addiction? For the majority who have strong opinions on the matter, addiction is a disease. In fact it’s “a chronic relapsing brain disease” according to the American National Institute on …

Snag a studio for as low as $548 a month through the housing lottery at this sustainable building in BK

The housing lottery for 535 Carlton, one of the buildings in Brooklyn's eco-friendly Pacific Park development, is now open. NYC Housing Connect is …

Compulsive reading: five great literary obsessions

From Dickens to Du Maurier and beyond, monomanias drive as many novels as they do real lives. These have fixated me – how about you?<p>Small obsessions, or tics, aren’t unusual – turning back to check the front door is locked, or washing your hands for the umpteenth time – but few of us would allow a …

34 Riveting First Lines From Literature

While you may recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” you might not recall some of literature’s other, equally gripping …

Books

A brief survey of the short story: David Foster Wallace

For all its elaborate formal tricks, Wallace’s work is marked by a deep desire for authentic connection, to his subjects and to his readers<p>David Foster Wallace was a maximalist. His masterpiece, Infinite Jest, is a 1,000-page, polyphonic epic about addiction and obsession in millennial America. His …

Literature

Hemingway’s Tough-Love Letter of Advice to F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing and Turning Suffering into Creative Fuel

“Forget your personal tragedy… Good writers always come back. Always.”<p>In the spring of 1934, just before dispensing his finest advice on writing and ambition to an aspiring writer who had hitchhiked atop a coal car across the country to see him, <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) received …

Literature

A Little Life: why everyone should read this modern-day classic

It may be dark and traumatic, but Hanya Yanagihara’s second novel offers a refreshingly modern take on friendship in the age of anxiety<p>It’s early in the morning when my brother rings me, exhausted and strung out. He didn’t get much sleep the night before; he was up reading Hanya Yanagihara’s A …

Why Smart People Copy Great Ideas

Uber. Facebook. Apple.<p>These are some of America’s most innovative and valuable tech companies. But they’re also great copycats.<p>Uber was just a Town …

New Trials Are Using Ketamine to Treat Alcohol Addiction

Researchers in the UK and US are running studies to see if ketamine could help prevent alcoholics from relapsing.<p>People looking to quit problematic drinking in the UK could one day have access to a new, quick-acting treatment to help them cope with the difficult first few weeks of sobriety: …

Mental Health