Arwa Tayabali

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How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more than ever, it seems — have a profound …

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

Nicolas Cage almost played a 'psychologically traumatised' Superman for Tim Burton

Tim Burton’s legendary abandoned take on Superman, with Nicolas Cage in the famous red underpants, would have seen a man of steel stricken with psychological trauma, according to its screenwriter.<p>Dan Gilroy, currently promoting his new film Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal as a wannabe crime …

Why the Sky and the Ocean Are Blue: Rebecca Solnit on the Color of Distance and Desire

<i>“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,”</i> the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8’s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, <i>“is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright</i> …

Robin Williams's death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish

News broke today that Robin Williams had passed away, due to apparent suicide following severe depression. As the vast majority of people will likely have already said, this was terribly heart-breaking news. Such an iconic, talented and beloved figure will have no shortage of tributes paid to him …

Maya Angelou’s Beautiful Letter to Her Younger Self

<i>“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all,”</i> the late and great <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) told Bill Moyers in their extraordinary 1973 conversation.<p>The theme of home and belonging is central to Angelou’s work — to her spirit — …

Alan Watts on the Difference Between Belief and Faith

A century and a half before Carl Sagan explored the relationship between science and religion, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the subject in a beautiful letter. Two centuries later, Alan Lightman crafted an enchanting definition of secular spirituality. This …

The Art of Self-Renewal: The Pioneering Social Scientist John Gardner on How to Keep Your Work and Your Spirit Alive Over the Long Run

In 1964, the prolific social science writer John W. Gardner published <b>Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a forgotten book of extraordinary prescience and warm wisdom, which rings even timelier today. It’s a must-read as much for entrepreneurs and leaders …

Shakespeare, Sadness-Shaman: How Hamlet Can Help Us Through Our Grief and Despair

<i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on grief. Our coping strategies can be among the most disorienting defiances of expectation — it’s a given that nothing gives comfort per se, but the things that bring even marginal …

A Guide for the Perplexed: Mapping the Meaning of Life and the Four Levels of Being

<i>“Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her sublime meditation on how the art of getting lost helps us find ourselves, <i>“and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery.”</i> But the maps we use to …

How to Find Yourself

At the age of twenty-one, artist and writer <b>James Harmon</b> chanced upon a copy of Rilke’s <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> and found himself mesmerized. Rilke’s elegant exploration of the deepest human concerns — love, fear, art, doubt, sex — prompted young Harmon to wonder what the best advice to young people …

Artist Francis Bacon on the Role of Suffering and Self-Knowledge in Creative Expression

<i>“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer… his unique opportunity lies in the way he bears his burden,”</i> Viktor Frankl wrote in his spectacular 1946 treatise on the human search for meaning. We’re immersed in a great deal of cultural mythology regarding spiritual and psychoemotional …

The Liberation of Steve McQueen

A decade and a half ago, the British filmmaker Steve McQueen took a plane to Grenada, the tiny West Indian island, to visit a beautiful place where …

Brain Pickings Gets Made for Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / February 11, 2014<p>Maria Popova is one of the Internet’s finest hunter-gatherers. Powered by a curious mind and a deep appreciation …

Life Is Like Blue Jelly: Margaret Mead Discovers the Meaning of Existence in a Dream

The meaning of life has been contemplated by just about every thinking, feeling, breathing human being, and memorably so by a number of cultural icons, including Carl Sagan, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, David Foster Wallace, Richard Feynman, and other luminaries. But one of the most unusual and …

Shackleton’s Journey: A Lovely Illustrated Chronicle of History’s Most Heroic Polar Expedition

In August of 1914, legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton led his brave crew of men and dogs on a journey to the end of the world — the enigmatic continent of Antarctica. That voyage — monumental both historically and scientifically — would become the last expedition of the Heroic Age of …

The River: Exploring the Inner Seasonality of Being Human in Gorgeous Watercolors by Italian Artist Alessandro Sanna

<i>“Love the earth and sun and the animals….read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,”</i> Walt Whitman wrote in the preface to <i>Leaves of Grass</i>. In <b>The River</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) from Enchanted Lion — the wonderful Brooklyn-based independent picture-book publisher …