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7 Quirky Ways to Find Inspiration on a Deadline

One of the great struggles of any creative profession is coming up with an ingenious and original idea in a timely manner. Lightning strikes of inspiration are often few and far between, which makes it hard to convince people to give you money for your ideas. How to organically draw inspiration and …

Why You Didn't Get What You Asked For

Have you ever really, <i>really</i> wanted something? The perfect apartment, a great guy or new job? Maybe it was a trip with your friends to a tropical destination or a really awesome new tech gadget.<p>You told everyone that you had to have it... you prayed, wished, vision-boarded and focused your intention …

The Real Core Workout: Why Your Life Needs More Than Pole Dancing to Get Rock Solid

It wasn't until I woke up divorced with two kids that I realized I had no idea who I was. This is a common realization amongst divorcees, right? Let the WTF soul-searching begin! I love all those post-divorce blogs that suggest you "get a hobby," do something crazy like cut your hair, or buy new …

Why are the Clintons so obnoxious on Twitter?

Bill and Hillary Clinton can’t stop tweeting at celebrities about how great Bill and Hillary Clinton are<p>Over the weekend, Diana Nyad successfully completed her swim from Cuba to Florida -- quite the feat! Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to congratulate Nyad, and, in …

John McCain not a fan of “Fox and Friends'” Islamophobia

Host Brian Kilmeade has a problem with the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” a phrase similar to saying “Thank God”<p>Professional bully Brian Kilmeade was looking for some back-up from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he expressed outrage at footage of Syrians chanting “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” after a …

America is more terrifying than Orwell’s fiction

Not even the author of “1984” could have envisioned a world dominated by a single superpower<p>In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic …

The Upcoming “Conflict” in Syria: a Cheat-Sheet

The United States is probably going to . . . <i>conflict</i> with Syria. That is, not “war”—not exactly—but there will most likely be a war-adjacent situation. Maybe you have questions about this. Maybe you have exactly six questions, and they are “who?”, “what?”, “when?”, “where?”, “why?”, and “how?” In …

Why Are Adults on the Internet So Obsessed with Disney Princesses?

First, a modern fairy tale about blogging:<p><i>Once upon a time, on a perfect late-spring morning, overlooking the greenest of Central Park’s meadows, a blogger languished in her chambers in the tippy top floor of her fortified (read: doorman) apartment tower. In the corner, a squirrel strummed a lute</i> …

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on What Alex Rodriguez and *Breaking Bad’*s Walter White Have in Common

You probably know Rich Eisen as the host of NFL’s <i>Total Access</i>and <i>Thursday Night Football</i> programs, and special <i>GameDay Morning</i> shows. With his <i>Kickoff Special</i> airing tonight on the NFL Network, and his eponymous podcast just passing 10 million downloads, it’s safe to say Eisen is the Ryan Seacrest of …

Reading List: Travel and Self-Discovery

<i>Emily Perper is a word-writing human for hire. She blogs about her favorite longreads at Diet Coker.</i><p>“One’s destination is never a place but rather a …