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Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.<p>Margaret Mead extolled the value of “spiritual and mental ancestors” in how we form our identity — those people to whom we aren’t related but whose …

Literature

10 of Europe's best national parks … that you've probably never heard of

These national parks offer extraordinary landscapes and wildlife – and far fewer tourists than the continent’s more famous beauty spots. Have you visited a national park in Europe? Tell us about it in the comments below<p>Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe The best of the UK’s national parks<p>Gran …

European Travel

Diy

We’ve all seen photos of a beautiful terrarium with its own miniature ecosystem in a bottle — I decided to …

Miniature

"Street Photography" Photo Assignment

I just wanted to get my last two cents in before this assignment ends.<p>I've read a lot of your comments, and I know how hard it is to shoot:<p>a) In the freezing cold winter<br>b) In between work hours<br>c) When you aren't in a city<br>d) In the allotted assignment time<p>The reason National Geographic and I set the …

Photography

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15 Of The Most Beautiful Metro Stations In The World

When you think of Metro Station, you might think of the catchy band that sings Kelsey, among other hits. But think again, Metro Station is more than …

Ignoring The Rules, Kelly Link Traffics In Wonder, Irony And Teenage Longings

As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical powers, but to me what's most notable about her new collection, <i>Get in Trouble</i>, is its astonishing freedom. It's one thing to put demon lovers and ghost boyfriends and spaceships in your stories, but it's something else to allow yourself to explore …

Books

D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

We were all here before. Rising up out of the subway onto 125th Street, it strikes me that I should come uptown to Harlem more often. The Popeye's on 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue is still there, offering the same crispy bird parts and sodium-heavy buttermilk biscuits; it's still the same bustling, …

Real Estate

Building Websites with a Focus on Usability and User Experience

The total number of usability designers worldwide is small but growing. Most designers consider themselves an expert in specific fields like graphic …

Revolution 60: A game by and about badass women

Revolution 60 is the first game from Giant Spacekat, a game about a crack team of four female operatives -- made by a crack team of four women.<p>"If girls don't like the way games are made," runs the popular internet adage, "Why don't they just make their own?"<p>Enter Giant Spacekat, an indie studio …

Feminism

5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

A TRAVELBREAK original post by Stephanie Be.<p>Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who.<p>You've gotta meet new people.<p>Here's what's worked for me:<p><b>1. Carry a deck of cards.</b><p>"Hey, have you ever played …

The Ultimate Guide To Underrated Destinations In Our Favorite Cities

If you're traveling in the United States, you're likely armed with a mental checklist of the iconic sights you're supposed to see.<p>So if you're heading to New York City, Times Square is most likely your first stop. In Philadelphia, you probably won't leave without seeing the Liberty Bell. And if you …

Is responsive design killing mobile?

Picture yourself at a work event. What are you wearing? What are you talking about? How loud are you talking? If you indulge at all, how much have you had to drink? Now picture yourself on a weekend trip with a group of friends.<p>We won’t go into details, but things look a little different, don’t …

Sufjan Stevens A Little Lost Cover: Arthur Russell’s plaintive ballad gets reimagined in a catchy new rendition.

Sufjan Stevens has eclectic tastes, so his musical choices—whether it’s making a Christmas album or singing the national anthem—are always …

Tokyo in Black and White: The Street Photography of Tatsuo Suzuki

Japanese photographer Tatsuo Suzuki captures the frenetic atmosphere of Tokyo through richly toned black and white street photography. Suzuki’s use …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

14 legendary natural wonders of South America

Tucked in a corner at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the 275 falls of Iguazu dwarf Niagara and have to be one of the most amazing …

South America

Donald Barthelme on the Art of Not-Knowing and the Essential Not-Knowing of Art

<i>“We try to see in the dark,”</i> Annie Dillard offered in her superb meditation on writing, <i>“we toss up our questions and they catch in the trees.”</i><p>Postmodernist icon <b>Donald Barthelme</b> (April 7, 1931–July 23, 1989) was not only one of the most innovative and memorable voices in twentieth-century fiction, …

20 Awesome Side Effects Of Practicing Self-Love

Self-love isn't about being narcissistic. It's not about “me, me, me.” It's not about fighting the world to express ourselves or to get what we want. …

Career Development

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

In March of 1884, Leo Tolstoy resolved in his diary to create a “circle of reading” for himself, probing “the great philosophers of all time and all people” for wisdom on how to live well. This was the birth of his famous <i>Calendar of Wisdom</i>, which he spent the remaining seventeen years of his life …

Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

<i>“The present education system is the trampling of the herd,”</i> legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1956. Half a century later, I started <i>Brain Pickings</i> in large part out of frustration and disappointment with my trampling experience of our culturally fetishized “Ivy League education.” I …

Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood

I’ve written before that every city needs a love letter. Though <i>Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words</i> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) by illustrator extraordinaire and frequent <i>Brain Pickings</i> contributor Wendy MacNaughton — who gave us the wonderful <i>Lost Cat</i>, one of the best books of …

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> — prolific author, champion of the creative life, disciplined writer, sage of literature — is one of the greatest storytellers of our time. At TED 2014 in Vancouver, he hosted a semi-secret late-night event where he read a ghost story and a brilliant short essay titled <b>“Ghost in the</b> …

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Controversial Love Letters to Lorena Hickok

<b>Eleanor Roosevelt</b> (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) endures not only as the longest-serving American First Lady, between 1933 and 1945, but also as one of history’s most politically impactful — a tireless advocate for social change, and a fierce champion of working women and underprivileged youth.<p>…

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In <b>Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the more dimensional and thoroughly …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

<i>“Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief,”</i> Umberto Eco wrote in his illustrated meditation on imaginary places. …

A Love Letter to the City

Every city needs a love letter. Some are poetic, some photographic, some cartographic, some illustrated, and some private. But few come close to the beautiful and heartening typographic murals artist Stephen Powers has been painting in cities around the world for over a decade, working closely with …