Justin Pratt

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THE SELECTS: Walter Shoots Michael

Kanye West is completely ridiculous. We need more stars like him

In a musical landscape dominated by nice-but-dull unit-shifters, Kanye West is an old-school, larger-than-life buffoon. Michael Hogan pays tribute<p>Kanye West might have an ego the size of the solar system and serious delusions of deity status - the modest megastar appeared on the cover of Rolling …

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Leaders worldwide have sent their condolences to Saudi Arabia and its royal family after the passing of King Abdullah. On Twitter, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called him a man of "wisdom" and "vision," while UK Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement praising him for "his …

How to Change Your Self-Perception to Leverage Your Hidden Strengths

Our self-perceptions are often instilled in us before we have a say in them. Learning to change how we see ourselves helps us find our hidden …

University of California

He’s been a circus acrobat and set a world record in high diving — plunging more than 100 feet off a bridge. He’s an accomplished author; the Dalai Lama himself wrote the foreword to his book Essential Spirituality. At UC Irvine, he’s a professor of psychiatry & human behavior and holds joint …

Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life

Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing …

Alan Watts on What Reality Is and How to Become What You Are

This past holiday season, I attended a meditation retreat at a remote but renowned center for “deep change in self and society,” where I was struck — more sharply than I have been before — by our culture’s conflicting values of material success and self-transcendence. That disconnect was manifested …

Alan Watts

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

F. Scott Fitzgerald Tells His 11-Year-Old Daughter What to Worry About (and Not Worry About) in Life, 1933

Born 117 years ago today in St. Paul, Minnesota, F. Scott Fitzgerald, that somewhat louche denizen—some might say inventor—of the “Jazz Age,” has …

Tom Brady Does Brain Exercises So He Can Go To Sleep At 9 PM And Wake Up Without An Alarm

The main takeaway from the article: Brady plans every detail of his life so he can play football as long as possible, and he'll do anything he can to get an edge.<p>He diets all year round, takes scheduled naps in the offseason, never misses a workout, eats what his teammates call "birdseed," and does …

Tom Brady

England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame

Patricide, adultery, catapults and captives, the Magna Carta—just another day in the life of William Marshal, England’s most loyal and successful …

31 Tiny House Hacks To Maximize Your Space

Just because your house is small doesn't mean you can't live large.

Kobe Bryant: What It Means to Me to Pass Michael Jordan on NBA's Scoring List

All the reasons that others have to diminish this, an upcoming accomplishment that most definitely resonates with Kobe Bryant, are the very reasons he cherishes it.<p>Bryant is set to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list in the next week or two. Yes, it has taken him more games, more …

Basketball

The 10 Best Movies You Missed in 2014

And how to catch up with them.<p><b>You've been chilled</b> by the marriage-gone-awry suspense of <i>Gone Girl</i>, stupefied by the cinematic inventiveness of <i>Birdman</i>, and terrified by the twisted mentor-mentee relationship of <i>Foxcatcher</i>, but what about those other must-see films from 2014 that you didn't have time …

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20 Life-Changing Books!

If you want to change your body, change what you eat and how you exercise. If you want to change your outlook on life, change what you read and put it into practice.<p>Listed below are twenty life-changing books. Unless you are determined to be miserable (which, strangely enough, some people are), …

Books