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Comedy Godmother Phyllis Diller on What Every Comedian Needs and How a Great Joke Works

<b>Phyllis Diller</b> (July 17, 1917–August 20, 2012) is one of the godmothers of modern comedy and a blazing antidote to the lamentable and misguided cultural trope that women aren’t funny. Without Diller and the echoes of her legacy, ours may have never blossomed into the kind of culture that can foster …

Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown’s Charming Illustrated Allegory about Curiosity, the Imagination, and the Subjectivity of Observation

Few children’s book writers today could compare in humor, sensitivity, and sheer creative irreverence to <b>Lemony Snicket</b>, the young-readers pen name of grown-up author Daniel Handler, under which he has penned such magnificent creative collaborations as <i>13 Words</i>, illustrated by the great Maira Kalman,</i> …

The Philosopher and the Prodigy: How Voltaire Fell in Love with a Remarkable Woman Mathematician

<i>“I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and who decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind.”</i> So begins the description by Voltaire in his memoirs of a relationship that would define the most productive years of his life. The most famous man in Europe had met …

How Creativity Works: Neil Gaiman on Where Ideas Come From

Beneath the eternal question of what creativity is lies the mystery of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. It’s a conundrum that has occupied artists, inventors, and philosophers alike since the dawn of human thought, but especially so since the dawn of psychology. …

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

<i>“We are what we pretend to be,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, <i>“so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”</i> But given how much our minds mislead us, what if we don’t realize when we’re pretending — who are we then? That’s precisely what <b>David McRaney</b> explores in <b>You Are Now Less Dumb: How to</b> …

Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic

While Freud may have engineered his own myth and many of his theories may have been disputed in the decades since his heyday, he remains one of the most influential figures in the history of psychiatry and psychology. And yet for many, Freud is more metaphor than man and his name summons only a …