Chris Gatton

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Ursula K. Le Guin on How You Make Something Good in Creative Work

“Inexperienced writers tend to seek the recipes for writing well. You buy the cookbook, you take the list of ingredients, you follow the directions, and behold! A masterpiece! The Never-Falling Soufflé!”<p>If you read <i>Brain Pickings</i> regularly, you know that there are few writers I find more …

Creative Writing

How Impulsiveness Can Boost Your Creativity

The key may lie in a belief that slightly negative traits have silver linings.<p>Everyone who’s ever prepared for a job interview knows how to turn a personal weakness into a character strength. The flipside of being a little stubborn might be extra persistence. A bit of impatience, properly directed, …

Who Controls Your Mind? (Hint: It's Not Your Brain)

One of the easiest bets to win is to offer a million dollars to anyone who can accurately predict their next thought. It would be foolhardy to accept such a bet. As we all experience every day -- and yet rarely notice -- our thoughts are unpredictable and spontaneous. They come and go at will, and …

Consciousness

Christian McBride On Ray Brown's Bass And James Brown's Appeal

Every month on <i>All Things Considered</i>, Christian McBride sits down with host Audie Cornish to discuss, dissect and deconstruct just about everything in jazz.<p>From the interplay between the drum and the bass to the holy temples of jazz venues, they've talked about the greatest, the oldest, the …

The Good Dino-Score: Behind The Music Of Pixar's Latest

The journey a film score takes, from the composer's brain to what comes out of the speakers at your local theater, is a long and complicated process. In the case of the new Pixar film <i>The Good Dinosaur</i>, the work began seven months ago. Audiences will hear it for the first time on Thanksgiving …

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The Artist and the Anguish of the American Dream: Zadie Smith’s Love-Hate Letter to New York

With his philosophy of happiness as a moral obligation, it is no surprise that Albert Camus is intellectual America’s favorite European export. The American Dream is built on the pursuit of happiness, but Camus amplifies it from a mere right to something more, something better aligned with the …