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Let me grab your soul away – Kate Bush and gothic films

Despite a well-publicised reluctance to perform in front of an audience (with her 2014 Before the Dawn concerts a glorious exception), Kate Bush has …

Brontë Family

Sylvia Plath Annotates Her Copy of The Great Gatsby

The true fan of a writer desires not just that writer's complete works, even if they all come signed and in first editions. No — the enthusiast most …

How To Design Your Workspace To Encourage Positive Emotions At Work

We’re told to be passionate about our work–so why leave emotions out of the workplace? Here’s how to tend to your employees’ emotional well-being.<p>We’ve been trained to think that emotions and work do not mix. They’re something to manage, to control, and to check at the door.<p>But research is now …

Brokerage

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Will Durant observed in summarizing Aristotle. <i>“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,”</i> William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits …

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the …

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. …

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 Make a Ricky Board: A Creative Exercise from David Lynch

It’s not uncommon for creators chiefly acclaimed in one medium to make lesser-known yet wonderful art in another: Patti Smith’s poetry, Sylvia Plath’s drawings, Marilyn Monroe’s unpublished verses, Richard Feynman’s sketches, René Magritte’s sheet music covers, J.R.R. Tolkien’s original …

Banana Mango Kale Smoothie and the Late Night Kale Haul

Today’s smoothie is probably one of the ‘go-to’-est smoothies around, a banana mango kale smoothie. The perfect trifecta of favorite fruits and …

Healthy Eating

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

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7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try

Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade

How Awareness and Positivity Will Lead You to Lasting Wellness

Whenever you start a new diet or weight loss program there is one important question to ask yourself: <b>why</b>? Don’t stop yourself at the simple answer …

Happiness

The best podcasts of 2013

What happened to podcasts in 2013? As <i>The A.V. Club</i>’s Podmass reviewers convened to parse the year’s best podcasts, a changing of the guard seemed to …

Favorite Underrated Dramas - Jon Abrams

Jon Abrams – no relation to JJ – is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac who wrote the current cover story, about aging …

National Geographic Travel

Poached Salmon with Salsa Verde

Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 250 degrees F (120 C).<p>Cut a large piece of foil that's about four times the width of your …

Recipes

The Albums of 2013 (#10): Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels (Fool's Gold/Big Dada) | Interview

In a year where the bloated, ego-fed excesses of mainstream hip-hop became the central narrative of pop culture, it would have been easy to write off …

François Ozon on Adolescence

François Ozon talks about shedding light on the pains of adolescence in his new film Jeune et Jolie<p>"There is a French movie I really loved when I was …

Chicken fajitas recipe

Sarah Randell's family fajitas with a simple salsa make a tasty informal dinner<p>Everyone will find something to love when it comes to fajitas. A mix-and match feast. Easy, too…<p>SERVES<p>4 (2 adults and 2 children)<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>olive oil<br>• 1 green pepper<br>• 1 red pepper<br>• 2 chicken breasts<br>• 2 tsp sweet, mild smoked …

Recipes

Avocado and spinach smoothie - Bondi Harvest video recipe

This green smoothie – combining young coconut water with seasonal ripe avocado, a handful of spinach leaves, and cocoa and chia seeds – is chef Guy Turland's favourite way to start the morning. He also adds vitagreens and protein powder. Carefully open the coconut and decant the juice. Pour it into …

How to Enjoy Poetry

<i>“True poetic practice implies a mind so miraculously attuned and illuminated that it can form words, by a chain of more-than coincidences, into a living entity,”</i> <b>Edward Hirsch</b> advised in his directive on how to read a poem. But how, exactly, does one cultivate such “true poetic practice”? In an …

Matthias Meyer - Ibiza Voice Podcast

Five Questions for I Learn America‘s Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng

<i>I Learn America</i><p>The coming-of-age tale is a durable independent film genre, but it takes on added political and personal dimensions in <i>I Learn America</i>, …

26 Books That Will Change The Way You See The World

Reading: It does a mind good.

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

This Stunning "Breaking Bad" Artwork Will Make You Miss It All Over Again

Digital artist Isabella Morawetz has captured some of the most emotionally intense moments from the show. You can find more of her prints here.

Criterion Reflections

It still seems strange to me that WOMAN IN THE DUNES was shoot in 4:3. It works splendidly as is, of course, but just feels like it ought to be …

50 best cult books

A cult book may be hard to define but one thing is for sure: you know a cult book when you see one.<p>Cult books are somehow, intangibly, different from simple bestsellers – though many of them are that. And people have passionate feelings on both sides:<p>Our critics present a selection of the most …