Sidsel Hermansen

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An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Alan Watts on Death, in a Beautiful Animated Short Film

Philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) is best-known for authoring the cult-classic <i>The Way of Zen</i> and popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West alongside John Cage. In this hauntingly beautiful animation based on a Watts lecture, produced by Luke Jurevicius and …

Alain de Botton on How to Think More About Sex

<i>“When we hook up with another, in sex or love (or, more rarely, both) we prove that our isolation is not permanent,”</i> Dorion Sagan — son of Carl — wrote in his fascinating history of sex. And yet that very quest to end our isolation has been subject to centuries of stigma and incessant friction with …

How to Be a Decent Person: Charles Dickens’s Letter of Advice to His Youngest Son

History has given us its fair share of deeply moving letters of fatherly advice, chief among them gems by Sherwood Anderson, Ted Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and Jackson Pollock’s dad. But count on <b>Charles Dickens</b> (February 7, 1812–June 9, 1870) to raise the bar with unparalleled …

Carl Sagan on the Meaning of Life

<b>Carl Sagan</b> was not only one of the greatest scientific minds in modern history, he was also an unrelenting humanist with profound insight on spirituality, psychology, and even literature. From <i>The Meaning of Life: Reflections in Words and Pictures on Why We Are Here</i> (<i>public library</i>) — the same …

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

How is your New Year’s resolution to read more and write better holding up? After tracing the fascinating story of the most influential writing style guide of all time and absorbing advice on writing from some of modern history’s most celebrated writers, here comes some priceless and pricelessly …

Albert Camus on Happiness, Unhappiness, and Our Self-Imposed Prisons

<i>“For the first time in history,”</i> Bertrand Russell asserted in reflecting on the impact of the Industrial Revolution, <i>“it is now possible … to create a world where everybody shall have a reasonable chance of happiness.”</i> Indeed, we’ve pounced on that chance with overzealous want: Ours is a culture so …

The Pink and Blue Projects: Exploring the Genderization of Color

When cultural anthropology, psychology and photographic ingenuity converge, it’s a fascinating thing. And that’s exactly what South Korean visual artist <b>JeongMee Yoon</b> has been doing since 2005 in her thesis work, <b>The Pink and Blue Projects</b>.<p>Inspired by her own daughter’s obsession with the color pink, …

How to Be an Explorer of the World

As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist and illustrator Keri Smith’s <i>Wreck This Box</i> set of interactive journals, part of these 7 favorite activity books for grown-ups, I was delighted to discover her <b>How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a wonderful compendium of …

If William Shakespeare Had Written Star Wars

Though <b>William Shakespeare</b> regularly dominates surveys of the greatest literature of all time, he remains a surprisingly controversial figure of literary history — while some believe The Bard profoundly changed modern life, others question whether he wrote anything at all. Doubts of authorship …