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‘Our heroes are not what we think they are’: J.K. Rowling is no longer the god of the Harry Potter Universe

Ron Weasley’s “patronus” is a Jack Russell terrier. Moaning Myrtle’s full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren. Harry Potter’s uncle loves Top Gear. …

Books

Philip K. Dick's spiritual epiphany

In February of 1974, Philip K. Dick’s life changed. While he was recovering from dental surgery, he claims, he had a spiritual epiphany. It started …

25 book recommendations from some of the smartest people in tech

Our goal has always been to give you rare, unprecedented access to the people shaping the tech industry— specifically, the advice that they've gained through experience, or used to get where they are today.<p>So when we sat down earlier this year to double down on this mission, we wondered who these …

If Philip K. Dick’s Writing is Terrible, Then Is Sci-Fi Terrible?

One of the most popular sci-fi writers of all time is often accused of being a bad writer. But is it true?<p>Philip K. Dick’s characters have seen …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

This Common Way of Thinking Is Holding You Back From Success

People are afraid of commitment. We'd rather keep our options open. We'd rather diversify our investments to mitigate risk.<p>Before writing the first chapter of <i>Harry Potter</i>, J. K. Rowling planned for seven years at Hogwarts. As a result, Harry Potter is one of the most read books of all-time.<p>Before …

Just A List Of Things To Remember When I'm Depressed

Because they're easy to forget.<p>1. Depression isn't a cry for help.<p>2. Depression isn't just about being sad.<p>3. Depression doesn't make me weak.<p>4. Depression isn't something I've done on purpose.<p>5. Or something I've asked for.<p>6. Depression doesn't make it OK for me to harm my body.<p>7. Depression isn't …

Numb

Lessons of the Panama Papers: Yes, the rich are different from us — they stole our money

A vast web of lies and corruption protecting the super-rich is revealed — and it’s only the tip of an evil iceberg<p>F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently never told his Parisian drinking buddy Ernest Hemingway, “Ernie, the rich are different from us,” only to be rebuffed by the legendary comeback, “Yes, …

This Is the Best Advice on Motivation I Have Ever Read

Look, there are days when not even the most well-intentioned advice from the latest motivational science will do. (This is coming from a person who, …

Motivation

57 Filmmaking Books You Need To Read • Filmmaking Lifestyle

In our quest for furthering our knowledge and understanding of all aspects of filmmaking and video production, we often turn to books as a source of …

The dark side of the city

In this extract from her new book, The Lonely City, Olivia Laing explains why Edward Hopper’s urban scenes so expertly capture the experience of loneliness.<p>What is it about Hopper? Every once in a while an artist comes along who articulates an experience, not necessarily consciously or willingly, …

Literature

Capturing David Fincher's Nightmarish Reality: A Video Tribute to DP Jeff Cronenweth

Meet the man responsible for capturing David Fincher's nightmarish vision.<p>There is a strange dichotomy at work in the films of David Fincher: a …

Why You Should Write (Even If It Feels Like Nobody Is Listening)

<b>1. You owe it to yourself</b> to live a life that is driven by self-exploration rather than self-doubt.<p><b>2. As Joan Didion once said, "Writing is the only way I can make sense of what I think."</b> It's cathartic. It's healthy. It's fun.<p><b>3. When you were a kid, did you do your favorite hobbies for validation</b> …

Writer vs Storyteller

Photo by Flickr user Sam HowzitThere are hundreds (possibly thousands) of essays and articles online attempting to differentiate between writers who …

Writing

Top 10 Killer Words That Make Readers Switch Off

When you’re reading all day, every day, for work AND for pleasure you tend to notice how *certain things* slip by (maybe?) unchallenged, <i>even into</i> …

Writing

If You’re Doing This, You’re Lying to Yourself About Being Happy

You're reading If You’re Doing This, You’re Lying to Yourself About Being Happy, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self …

Happiness

6 Things You Must Quit Doing Now If You Want To Be More Successful

Most of us grew up hearing the mantra "Don't be a quitter," and we've internalized it to the point where we feel guilty even if we don't finish a book that's boring us to death. Our parents weren't entirely wrong in saying that persistence is necessary for success, but sometimes quitting is the …

Top 10 Survival Tips for Writing a Book

<i>This post first appeared on the JobTalk blog for the book and community, MY JOB: Real People at Work Around the World.</i><p>Today is the day I'm submitting my book manuscript to my publisher. Here's what I've learned over the past several months of being at the mercy of a looming book deadline. Hint: …

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

Books

When Black Voters Exited Left

What African Americans lost by aligning with the Democratic Party<p>Days before the 1960 election, Coretta Scott King received a call from then-candidate John F. Kennedy while her husband was in a Georgia jail, charged with trespassing after leading a sit-in demonstration against segregation in …

How To Train Your Body And Your Mind

In the last few years being mindful and being fit have become the the most desirable states to be. Gone are the party girl heroes of the 90’s and in …

The Daily Habits of 21 Highly Successful People | Inc.com

The most successful people I know make navigating business and life look easy, often because they have their crap together more than most people. They get up early, stay in front of health issues, and are smart about money. They know the value of a good night's sleep, a restorative vacation, and a …

Success

Want To Be More Confident? Stop Doing These 7 Things

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”<p>It’s no secret that fear is a big roadblock to confidence. Fear of taking risks. Fear of failure. Fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. There are a myriad of …

Women Entrepreneurs

This is What Will Help Your Wandering Mind

We live in an ADD world. What is a leader to do to remain sane, productive, and effective?<p>"A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind," explain psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert in the journal Science. And according to the psychologists' research, …

The Real Reason You Never Feel Motivated at Work

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …