Jimmy Watkins

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Fear of the light: why we need darkness | Amanda Petrusich

Light pollution conceals true darkness from 80% of Europe and North America. What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?<p>Every civilisation we know of has devised a system – scientific, religious, what have you – to make sense of the night sky. The mystery of what’s up there, where it came …

Peanut Butter and Toffee Popcorn

Directions<p>Heat the oil in a large pot on a medium heat and allow this to heat up. Add the popcorn, peanut butter and a punch of salt. Stir well then …

Dessert

Hemsley + Hemsley: Summer Snacks

"The sun begins to shine brighter, the days get a little longer and in turn, the foods required by the body are often lighter. While summer climes …

Bukowski on Writing, True Art, and the Courage to Create Outside Society’s Forms of Approval

“Art is its own excuse, and it’s either Art or it’s something else. It’s either a poem or a piece of cheese.”<p><i>“There are contradictory impulses in everything,”</i> Susan Sontag observed in lamenting how our inability to sit with duality makes us fall into perilous polarities. Few creators exorcised …

Literature

Kafka and the Crash of the System: An Interview with Tom McCarthy

The British novelist Tom McCarthy — the author of <i>C</i>, <i>Men in Space</i>, and the increasingly revered <i>Remainder —</i> is known primarily in the United States for …

The Runner's Library: Running Books to Help You Get Faster and Stay Healthy

Running Books, Training Guides, and Workout Plans to Help You Become a Better Runner<p>This list includes running books, training guides, and nutrition …

Paris Review - Czeslaw Milosz, The Art of Poetry No. 70

Interviewed by Robert Faggen<p>Issue 133, Winter 1994<p>A loss of harmony with the surrounding space, the inability to feel at home in the world, so oppressive to an expatriate, a refugee, an immigrant, paradoxically integrates him in contemporary society and makes him, if he is an artist, understood by …

Cult heroes: Wipers – the sound of emptiness and dread

We kick off our new series on music’s cult heroes with a celebration of Wipers and Greg Sage, who took American punk in thrilling new directions<p>“Romeo,” murmurs Greg Sage, “walks the city at night.” Beneath his voice, drums thunder along, almost motorik in their linear path, but twice as fast. “The …

How to Master the Vital Balance of Freedom and Restraint: Young André Gide’s Rules of Conduct

French author <b>André Gide</b> (November 22, 1869–February 19, 1951) is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century — in no small part, paradoxically, because he adamantly believed that a great writer must always swim against the current of his era. He dedicated his life to the problem of …

10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015

As readers, we too often take for granted that the best books of the year are released by the Big 5 publishers. But the truth is that great works of …

Mind-Blowing Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Watch Out For In 2015

You'd better invest in a pocket dimension if you want to keep up with all the great reads that are coming your way in 2015. Including Alastair …

‘The Landing’, A Short Sci-Fi Film About a Mysterious Crash Landing on a Midwestern Farm in 1960

“The Landing” is a short sci-fi period film by Australian filmmaker Josh Tanner that follows a man’s attempt to uncover the events of a night in the …

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

David Bowie's must-read books revealed

Books,David Bowie,Music,Fiction,Music,Exhibitions,Art and design,Culture,Jack Kerouac,Ian McEwan,Truman Capote,Sarah Waters,Anthony Burgess,Vladimir Nabokov,George Orwell,Orlando Figes,Bruce Chatwin,Michael Chabon,Rupert Thomson<p>Jack Kerouac, Spike Milligan and Sarah Waters among star's favourite …

10:04 by Ben Lerner review – a great writer, a great novel

Ben Lerner’s second novel is just as revolutionary as his debut<p>Ben Lerner’s first novel, <i>Leaving the Atocha Station</i>, was a surprise 2011 hit, its unprincipled, truth-bending narrator barely keeping his balance atop the fact/fiction divide. In that novel, as in his new one, Lerner aspired towards …

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

David Bowie’s Formative Reading List of 75 Favorite Books

—<br>Published October 3, 2013<br>—<br>https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/10/03/david-bowie-reading-list/<br>—<p>www.brainpickings.org<p>View Full Site<p><i>Brain Pickings</i> participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by …

All About Food Lover's Cleanse Lunches + Day 3 Menu

A little repetition isn’t a bad thing when you are trying to build new habits, and salad for lunch a great place to start.<p>I’m thrilled to see you all posting, commenting, and reaching out about the #BAcleanse. I hope by now you’ve gotten most of your groceries and are enjoying the fun part of the …

The brilliance of Richard Brautigan

Over the years, I’ve lived in a variety of places, including America, but I was born and raised in the Lake District, in Cumbria. Growing up in that rural, sodden, mountainous county has shaped my brain, perhaps even my temperament. It’s also influenced the qualities I seek in literature, as both …

Raymond Chandler on Writing: A Lifetime of Wisdom on the Craft from His Private Letters

Last week, while researching this omnibus of what famous authors wrote about their beloved pets in their letters and journals, I came upon the irresistible 1981 anthology <b>Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among Chandler’s many musings, exchanged with his agents, publishers, and …

The 100 best novels: No 61 – Murphy by Samuel Beckett (1938)

Samuel Beckett’s first published novel is an absurdist masterpiece, a showcase for his uniquely comic voice<p>“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” Samuel Beckett’s entry into this series with his characteristically bleak, nihilistic humour, marks another milestone: the first …

Notes You Never Hear: The Metaphysical Loneliness of George Harrison

<i>Photo © Harrison Family</i><p>Recently, Dhani Harrison was rehearsing “Let It Down”, from <i>All Things Must Pass</i>, when a member of his band told him he was playing his own father’s song wrong. “I was doing my own solo, not the one in the song, and he couldn't take it,” Dhani laughs. “And he was right! I was …