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Teenage James Joyce’s Beautiful Letter to Ibsen, His Great Hero

“We always keep the dearest things to ourselves.”<p>One need only look at the canon of quiet champions behind creative icons to be reminded of how deeply and lastingly a young person setting out on a creative path can be touched by a simple word of encouragement from one of his or her heroes — one of …

Hurry Up and Wait: Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman’s Whimsical Children’s Book for Grownups about Presence in the Age of Productivity

“It feels so good to go someplace. Except when you want to stay right there where you are.”<p><i>“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present,”</i> Alan Watts observed in his magnificent meditation on the art of timing half a century before our paradoxical modern mecca of …

Ghostly 3D Ship Projected onto Vertical Sheets of Water

Appearing at the Amsterdam Light Festival this year is a mysterious illusion by the Romanian architecture collective visualSKIN. Titled <i>Ghost Ship</i>, it's a 3D projection of a 17th century boat set against a backdrop of water. Two intersecting images project onto vertical and perpendicular planes of …

Spinach with Chickpeas and Fried Eggs

4 Servings<p>Prep Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>October 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more<p>4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced, divided<p>8 cups spinach, coarsely chopped<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>1 cup chopped onion<p>1 teaspoon cumin seeds<p>1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika<p>2 …

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Migrant: An Alice in Wonderland for the Modern Immigrant Experience

Having spent my entire adult life as an immigrant, with all the relocations, bureaucracies, and social strain implied, I have tremendous respect for any effort to capture the complexities of the immigrant experience, its joys and its struggles, without robbing it of dimension. So I was instantly …

11 Best Beach Reads, According to Our Editors

We've got your summer reading list figured out.<p>Though winter felt especially long, some good news: Summer has officially arrived. Put away your peacoat and make time for delicious popsicles, tons of SPF, and days spent devouring page-turners by a body of water (any body will do). When it comes to …

Romantic Comedy

Where Do Babies Come From? A Sweet and Honest Primer on How Reproduction Works by Illustrator Sophie Blackall

Children’s questions have way of being so simple that they spill into the philosophical. And yet one particular question kids ask stumps grown-ups more than any other, hurling us into a cesspool of self-doubt as we struggle for an answer that is neither too age-inappropriate nor so obviously …

The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression

<i>“Depression is a disorder of the ‘I,’ failing in your own eyes relative to your goals,”</i> legendary psychologist Martin Seligman observed in his essential treatise on learned optimism. But such a definition of depression, while true, appears somehow insufficient, overlooking the multitude of …

Squash, feta and bulgur wheat kibbe recipe

These Middle Eastern fritters are very moreish<p>These can sometimes turn out a little fragile, but always delicious.<p><b>Serves 4-6, about 24 kibbe</b><p>1.5kg/3½ lb squash, such as butternut, deseeded and cut in half lengthways<p>Olive oil<p>1 tbsp sumac<p>1 red onion, finely chopped<p>½ tsp ground cinnamon<p>1 tsp ground …

The Best YouTube Workouts to Make You Sweat

Photo: YouTube<p>There's a stigma against YouTube workouts. I get it. I too used to be a little wary of them—but then I grew up and got busy and moved somewhere cold. And since then I've learned to love a YouTube routine, especially on days when I'm realistically not going to do anything at all. See: …

LearnVest CEO: 'Financial literacy is a fundamental human right'

Somehow New Year’s Day has come and gone, and the resolutions that we make year after year are already haunting us. <i>Exercise. Save money. Don’t spend so much. Don’t eat so much. Pay off that debt.</i><p>Finding the right diet or the right exercise routine, as hard as it can be, is nothing compared to …

Looking back at Yan Nascimbene’s beautiful and deceptively simple illustrations - The Fox Is Black

Looking back over the year one of my favorite discoveries has been the work of French-Italian artist and writer Yan Nascimbene. Sadly I only …

Illustrations by Valentin Fischer

Surreal Illustrations.<p>Do you remember our previous post from 2012 about the extraordinary art of Valentin Fischer? Much time has passed and a lot of …

Gorgeous Watercolors Merge Nature with Chinese Calligraphy

For more than 30 years, artist Chuan-Hong Li has found countless ways to convey the beautiful elegance of the Chinese culture through paint. His vibrant watercolors are filled with a touch of nature, often plum blossoms, lotus, and peonies, that are accompanied by beautiful calligraphy lettering. …

Captivating Close-Up Portraits of Rare Bengal Tigers

As founder of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), exotic animal trainer Dr. Bhagavan Antle has a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with a number of Bengal tigers on a daily basis. As a result of this direct contact, he has developed an extensive portrait …

The Psychology of Self-Control

Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for …

Amazing Totoro Fan Art

Totoro might be just a Japanese movie for some, but for most he's just a classic of oriental animation made by the genius Hayao Miyazaki. I really …

The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012

After the best science books, art books, and design books of 2012, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating philosophy, psychology, and creativity books published this year. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)<p>THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER<p>Every …

Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each

From the fine folks at the Open University comes 60-Second Adventures in Thought, a fascinating and delightfully animated series exploring six famous thought experiments.<p>The Paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles comes from Ancient Greece and explores motion as an illusion:<p>The Grandfather Paradox …

Jean Jullien's "La Plage"

Skilled in a sundry of creative practices, multi-talented French artist Jean Jullien is perhaps best known for his work in graphic design, which he studied at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Since moving to London eight years ago, he's been busy building up an extensive …