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Great moments in science (if Twitter had existed)

A lot of news these days comes from, or is about, Twitter. Entertainment magazines and shows seem to be entirely dependant on celebrity Tweets, like those fish that feed on the random things that fall out of a sharks mouth.<p>It's not all random utterances and spats though. Time magazine recently ran …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. <i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky …

Maya Angelou’s Beautiful Letter to Her Younger Self

<i>“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all,”</i> the late and great <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) told Bill Moyers in their extraordinary 1973 conversation.<p>The theme of home and belonging is central to Angelou’s work — to her spirit — …

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board - Prologue

YOU ARE READING<p>Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board<p>**SOON TO BE A TV SHOW ON HULU** McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to …

Wildcat Currency review – how virtual cash is transforming finance

We ignore the rise of online currencies at our peril warns this timely book<p>We think of money as being a factual, straightforward thing. But actually it's very mysterious. I have a piece of paper before me as I write. Printed on it are some images, lots of hieroglyphics and the words "Twenty …

Poem of the week: Silence by Lotte Kramer

A footnote to this week's poem by Lotte Kramer (published in The Rialto, No. 80, Spring-Summer 2014) tells us that the poet "is a survivor of that small exodus of children organised by the kindertransport movement in the 1930s".<p>Kramer was born in Mainz in 1923, and now lives in Peterborough. She …

A Brief History of Glass and How It Planted the Seed for the Innovation Gap Between the East and West

By 1950, Picasso was already an artist world-renowned for his creative products — paintings, sculptures, bronze casts — but only those in his inner circle had a true appreciation of the magic in his process. It wasn’t until a documentary captured him painting on glass, with the camera rolling on …

How We Grieve: Meghan O’Rourke on the Messiness of Mourning and Learning to Live with Loss

John Updike wrote in his memoir, <i>“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”</i> And yet even if we were to somehow make peace with our own mortality, a primal and soul-shattering fear rips …

Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940

<b>Anaïs Nin</b> (February 21, 1903–January 14, 1977) was a woman who rejected the options handed down to her by life and instead lived by her own rules. She was also modern history’s most dedicated diarist, beginning at the age of eleven and writing until her death, for a total of sixteen volumes of …

Iconic Italian Graphic Artist Bruno Munari’s Rare Vintage “Interactive” Picture-Books

In 1968, two years after he published his hugely influential book <i>Design as Art</i>, legendary Italian graphic artist Bruno Munari applied his principles to a different medium — children’s picture-books — with the same boldness of vision and hunger for thoughtful creative experimentation. <b>Nella nebbia di</b> …

How to Learn: Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules for Digesting Information and Mastering the Art of Reading

Long before he met the real-life little girl who inspired him to write <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> under the pseudonym <b>Lewis Carroll</b>, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a prominent mathematician and logician. In addition to his scientific bend and his love of language, Carroll also had strong convictions about …

How to Navigate the Murky Waters of Workplace Friendships: Wisdom from Adam Smith and Aristotle

<i>“A condition of friendship, is the abdication of power over another, indeed the abdication even of the wish for power over one another,”</i> Andrew Sullivan wrote in his beautiful meditation on why friendship is a greater gift than romantic love. <i>“As soon as a friend attempts to control a friend, the</i> …

Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and Learning to Stop Letting Others Define You

<i>“Discipline,”</i> the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, <i>“is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves [and] toward the society in which we live.”</i> It’s a dimensional definition that touches, ever so gently, on the second meaning of …

The Theology of Rest: A Modern Sermon About Living with Presence in the Age of Productivity

<i>“Busy is a decision,”</i> a wise woman once once reminded us. I often think about how our modern obsession with productivity is blinding us to the fact that being productive can be the surest way of lulling ourselves into a trance of passivity, where we coast through our lives day after day after day, …

Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book

As a lover of pop-up books, a celebrator of the intersection of art and science, and a great admirer of the vintage children’s book illustration of wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, I was instantly smitten with <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a glorious 1984 pop-up book that …

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Pop-Up Photo Box (Gift Idea)

Earlier this month I got the February issue of Country Living.<br>Do you remember last month when I took a simple dollar store pine box and made it into …

31 Noted Authors Pick Their Favorite Books

<i>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</i>, by Betty Smith<p>“<i>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</i> wasn’t a new book when my mother was young. It’s still luminous, the story of …

Frank O’Hara Reads “Metaphysical Poem” in a Rare 1964 Recording

<i>“Love is metaphysical gravity,”</i> Buckminster Fuller wrote in his scientific revision of “The Lord’s Prayer.” From beloved poet <b>Frank O’Hara</b> (March 27, 1926–July 25, 1966) comes a very different and very wonderful cross-pollination of love, metaphysics, and the art of verse. In this short, damaged, …

March 28, 1941: Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Letter and Its Cruel Misinterpretation in the Media

On March 28, 1941, shortly after the devastating dawn of WWII, <b>Virginia Woolf</b> (January 15, 1882–March 28, 1941) filled her overcoat pockets with rocks and walked into the River Ouse behind her house never to emerge alive. A relapse of the all-consuming depression she had narrowly escaped in her …

Grit and the Secret of Success

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

A Visual Dictionary of Philosophy: Major Schools of Thought in Minimalist Geometric Graphics

Rodin believed that his art was about removing the stone not part of the sculpture to reveal the essence of his artistic vision. Perhaps this is what Catalan-born, London-based graphic designer Genis Carreras implicitly intended in chiseling away the proverbial philosopher’s stone to sculpt its …

Zelda Fitzgerald’s Little-Known Art

When Zelda Sayre married legendary Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald to become <b>Zelda Fitzgerald</b>, she was anointed “the first American flapper” and embarked on one of the most turbulent relationships in literary history. Though best-remembered as a writer and dancer, Zelda, unbeknownst to many, …

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young on Kindness, Computers, Community, and the Power of Great Teachers

<b>Kurt Vonnegut</b> (November 11, 1922–April 11, 2007) was a man of discipline, a champion of literary style, a kind of modern sage and poetic shaman of happiness, and one wise dad. After the publication of his now-legendary 1969 satirical novel <i>Slaughterhouse-Five</i>, Vonnegut added another point of …

Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit: A Heartening Illustrated Parable of Self-Actualization by a Young Indian Artist and Storyteller

Amid a children’s book ecosystem marked by a lamentable lack of ethnic diversity and gobsmacking presence of female protagonists in only 31% of books, here comes <b>Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a heartening antidote from the young artist-storyteller <b>Amrita Das</b> and Tara Books, the …