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Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews

<b>Jorge Luis Borges</b> (August 24, 1899–June 14, 1986) is the most celebrated and influential Latin-American author of the twentieth century, his literary legacy resounding loud as ever and exuding far-reaching philosophical reverberations. In 1972, when Borges was in his seventies and completely blind, …

Remarkably sage and timeless advice on life from young Hunter S. Thompson: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/04/hunter-s-thomspon-letters-of-note-advice/

John Updike on Writing and Death

<i>“The mystery of being is a permanent mystery, at least given the present state of the human brain,”</i> <b>John Updike</b> (March 18, 1932–January 27, 2009) told writer Jim Holt in his poignant recent meditation on why the world exists. But Updike had been seriously pondering the question of existence for much …

The Science of Waiting and the Art of Delay

<i>“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living,”</i> Voltaire famously lamented. This tension between anticipation and impatience, indeed, seems central to the human condition. In <b>Wait: The Art and Science of Delay</b> (<i>public library</i>), former investment banker turned writer and law educator</b> …

9 Books on Reading and Writing

Hardly anything does one’s mental, spiritual, and creative health more good than resolving to read more and write better. Today’s reading list addresses these parallel aspirations. And since the number of books written about reading and writing likely far exceeds the reading capacity of a single …

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is <b>Zadie Smith’</b>s list — an exquisite balance …

Why You Must Uncover Your Innermost Thoughts | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We’ve all been there before. Time after time we try to change a habit or start a new one in our life, but all of our positive action disintegrates …

A Perfect Circle to release limited-edition, career-spanning box set

On November 26th, A Perfect Circle return with a limited-edition box set titled <i>A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone And Echo</i>. Jam-packed with enough …

How to Deal with the Highly Defensive People in Your Life

"I want your honest opinion," said my friend Joanna, handing me her unpublished manuscript. "Don't whitewash; tell the truth. Promise!"<p>So I …

13 superfoods that can improve your life

These dietary dynamos fight everything from cholesterol to cancer, helping you live a longer, healthier life.<p>Not all foods were created equal — some …

Nutrition

The One Thing That's Keeping You from the Life You Want

Trending Stories<p>Our Favorite Kitchen Organizing Ideas Ever<p>7 of Our Healthiest Slow-Cooker Recipes<p>7 Slenderizing Fashion Strategies<p>The Very Best …

Finding Peace, Self-Love, Freedom and Purpose: The New Celebration of Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever wondered or questioned yourself what is the altruistic meaning of life? The notion of underlining what is really the essence of your …

Legs and Butt Workout: Blast Your Lower Half

Get lean legs and a tight butt<p>Perform this legs and butt workout once or twice a week: Starting with the first exercise, slowly complete five reps (it should take about 10 seconds per rep: five up, five down). Continue until you've done every exercise. Do two to four total circuits, switching sides …