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The 10 Best Movies Referring to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

You are trapped in a dark cave, chained up and forced to look forward onto a wall in front of you, and you have been in this position since your …

26 Books Every 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Seeker Should Read

If you're on a spiritual quest, these books will open you up to wonder.<p><i>"There are things you can't reach. But</i><p><i>you can reach out to them, and all day long.</i><p><i>The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.</i><p><i>And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier."</i><p>-- "Where Does The Temple Begin, Where …

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A Letter To My Uncle Who Isn't Dealing Well With SCOTUS' Marriage Equality Decision

<i>Last week, a relative reached out on his own accord to assure me that although he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, he still loved and respected me as a gay family member. Drawing on my own experiences growing up in the Church, our collective family history, and my</i> …

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How Kim Jong Il Kidnapped a Director, Made a Godzilla Knockoff, and Created a Cult Hit

The North Korean dictator wanted a blockbuster; in a weird way, he got it.<p>Only those who know about the Spectacle theater enter the Spectacle theater. Tucked off bustling Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a building that might look abandoned to the untrained eye, it’s the home for the …

Lost and unfinished Orson Welles film set for release

A legendary lost movie by Orson Welles is to be completed by the film-maker Peter Bogdanovich and screened to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Citizen Kane director’s birthday next year, reports the New York Times.<p>The Other Side of the Wind was shot between 1969 and 1976 and stars …

Jazz Legend Bill Evans on the Creative Process, Self-Teaching, and Balancing Clarity with Spontaneity in Problem-Solving

In a 1915 letter to his young son, Albert Einstein advised that the best way to learn anything is “when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” Many decades later, psychologists would give a name to this distinctive, exhilarating state of immersive, …

When a Spouse Dies Abroad

Compounding the grief of loss are mountains of paperwork.<p>My husband’s body lay in the next room. People were filing in and out to say those last few words that in the end all boil down to love.<p>There was weeping and, occasionally, laughter that night in my cottage at the edge of the woods outside …

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

As a hopeless lover of both letters and notable advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b> (July 18, 1937–February 20, 2005) — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in <b>Letters of Note:</b> …

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Mike Leigh: why JMW Turner inspired my next film - video

In the latest from the Tate's Meet 500 Years of British Art series, film-making legend Mike Leigh explains why he was compelled to make his forthcoming feature, Mr Turner, 'about Turner's personality': 'He is so complex and there's so much of him to get your head around. Turner was a compulsive …

The Art of Lorella Paleni

Dreamlike Paintings.<p>Selected paintings by Lorella Paleni. The artworks look as if someone cut them out of a dream. Lorella Paleni mixes different …