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The Belle Stars

This article is about a musical act. For the American outlaw, see Belle Starr.<p>Origin<p>England, UK<p>Genres<p>Pop rock, new wave<p>Years …

From Zero to 45 Days in a Row: How I Built a Habit of Daily Exercise

This year I’m focusing on habits to help me build new skills and look after my health. One of these habits is to do push-ups every morning. I went …

How To Be Happy: 12 Things You Should Do Today

To some, happiness always stays by their side. What makes happiness magical is that it can be anything or nothing.<p>If you know it well, it is …

40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

40<p>Dead Kennedys, ‘Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’ (1980)<p>Dead Kennedys' debut LP is the ultimate hardcore comedy album, with singer Jello Biafra …

The 10 Best Movies Influenced by The Philosophy of Jean Baudrillard

French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was one of the most influential postmodern theorists. The conceptions of Baudrillard have taken on …

Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Piercing Advice to Writers

“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.”<p><b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December 28, 2004) spent a lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers, which we call culture — from her prolific essays and talks …

Literature

How to Build Life-Altering Habits Through Tiny Changes

Last year I became a morning person, learned a new language, and read five times as many books as before. Sounds like I got a lot done, right? But it …

Why Can’t You Remember Your Future? Physicist Paul Davies on the Puzzlement of Why We Experience Time as Linear

The curious question of how and whether we can tell the difference between an experience and the memory of an experience.<p><i>“If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail,”</i> French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his 1929 meditation on our paradoxical experience of time, <i>“we would</i> …

Elasticity

When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death

“When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world…”<p>All life is lived in the shadow of its own finitude, of which we are always aware — an awareness we systematically blunt through …

Literature

20 Easy, Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life in 2016

<b>1. Write down three things you're grateful for every day.</b> Taking the time to thoughtfully consider what you're thankful for reminds you that you already have many of the things you want -- and that's worth celebrating.<p><b>2. Gossip less.</b> Frequent gossiping can be detrimental to your relationships and …

Self-help

12 Mini Habits of Insanely Successful People

“Mini habits” are daily routines that take just a few minutes to perform, but have huge returns in the overall quality of your life as a result of …

18 Ways to Create Good Habits -- and Eliminate Bad Ones -- for Life

Forget the excuses! Building good habits lies in following a system consistently, day in and day out.<p>All of us like to mythologize successful …

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

Trailblazing Physicist David Bohm and Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard on How We Shape What We Call Reality

“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe… What we believe determines what we take to be true.”<p>We never see the world exactly as it is — our entire experience of it is filtered through the screen of our longings and our fears, onto which project the …

Meditation

Paris Review - Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71

Interviewed by Drue Heinz<p>Issue 134, Spring 1995<p>Ted Hughes lives with his wife, Carol, on a farm in Devonshire. It is a working farm—sheep and cows—and the Hugheses are known to leave a party early to tend to them. “Carol’s got to get the sheep in,” Hughes will explain.<p>He came to London for the …

From drinking vinegar to making time for sex... the 50 things you can do to boost your health right NOW

With a busy diary packed with work, family and social commitments, making time for your health can prove impossible.<p>The ability to get a grip of your …

Digestion

Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century | Financial Times

Forget invisibility or flight: the superpower we all want is the ability to do several things at once. Unlike other superpowers, however, being able …

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

1 of 8<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we …

Physics

Want to Lead an Exceptional Life? 7 Powerful Lessons From the Late Oliver Sacks

The world-famous neurologist and author shared his love of life and his wisdom right up to the end.<p>Ever wonder what makes an extraordinary life? Few have been more so than that of Oliver Sacks, bestselling author, world traveler, prominent homosexual, and undoubtedly the most famous neurologist of …

3 ways to improve your life, even if you're really lazy

I don't blame you. Hey, some of that stuff is <i>hard</i>. (I should know. I write about it all the time.)<p>Isn't there an easy, passive way where your flaws start correcting themselves, you gain respectable goals and become much, much happier?<p>Well, at least in theory, there just <i>might</i> be. I called somebody …

Happiness

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

Meditation

What Trees Teach Us About Human Nature, Relationships, and the Secret to Lasting Love: Wisdom from a 17th-Century Gardener

“Not only rational and irrational, but even inanimate creatures have a voice, and speak loudly to men, and it is our duty to learn their language, and hearken to them.”<p>Since the dawn of time, trees — the oldest living things in our world — have been our silent companions, which we’ve transmuted …

Novak Djokovic's health blueprint: how to transform your body in 14 days

Novak Djokovic went from frequent on-court meltdowns to the number one tennis player in the world - but how did he do it?<p><b>Novak Djokovic</b>'s body used to be broken. He had a reputation for collapsing on court at crucial moments and being forced to drop out of tournaments because of his poor …

Diets

Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life

A short playlist of intellectual, creative, and spiritual invigoration.<p>We are storytelling animals and the actual telling of stories — that ancient aural mesmerism of the human voice — continues to bewitch us somehow more thoroughly than any other medium of tale-transmission. This, perhaps, is why …

Creativity

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Success

Ernest Hemingway Drank Here: Touring The World’s Greatest Literary Pubs

Three years ago on a cold February day after eating some potatoes smothered in grilled raclette I walked into an alley across from the Borough …

The Art of Stumbling: David Brooks on Character, “Résumé Virtues” vs. “Eulogy Virtues,” and the Humility Code of Living a Meaningful Life

“We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling.”<p><i>“Do not despise your inner world,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her letter of advice to the young. <i>“By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in contemplating …

Bruce Lee

LISTEN: Eccentronic Research Council

tQ favourites reveal opener from upcoming fourth album, Johnny Rocket, Narcissist And Music Machine…I'm Your Biggest Fan<p>Quietus favourites The …

How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life

“You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”<p>In 1985, mythologist and writer <b>Joseph John Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) sat down with legendary interviewer and idea-monger Bill Moyers for a lengthy conversation at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California, which continued the …