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A Brief History of Epic Parties: Reading List

<i>The following reading list comes courtesy Michelle Legro, editor at Lapham’s Quarterly.</i><p>No doubt you are on your way to one right now: an epic party, …

Paris Review - Blaise Cendrars, The Art of Fiction No. 38

Interviewed by Michel Manoll<p>Issue 37, Spring 1966<p><i>Blaise Cendrars, ca. 1907, photograph by August Monbaron.</i><p>Blaise Cendrars (real name Frédéric Sauser) was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1887. His father, an inventor-businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish. He spent his childhood in …

Beauty, Aging, and the Expansion of Our Sympathies: What George Eliot Teaches Us About the Rewards of Middle Age

At twenty-six, Henry James was a handsome young man, well-dressed, hair brushed and polished with a straight part down the middle. In 1869 he left New York in what would become a permanent relocation to England, and his first order of business was to meet the greatest writers of his adopted …

A Year in Culture

Lately, it feels like you can’t leave your house without hearing someone talk about the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, and with good reason—he’s written one of the strangest and most original books I’ve read in a long time. It’s the kind of project that should be an abject failure—the …

The orphan saved by the power of games

Everyone is a stranger until you get to know them, and today I give thanks for the internet since it has brought so many wonderful strangers into my life.<p>Four years ago, I received a request from a young man wanting to connect with me on a social network. “Perhaps we can have a chat about business, …

Inheritance and Invention: Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal

How should one pray? Not even the Psalmists or the disciples knew the answer. The Psalms are filled with pleas for God to place words on the tongues of believers; the disciples were even so bold as to ask Christ to teach them how to pray. The struggle to listen, but also to speak to God, animates …

Chile from Within: Forty Years Later

Forty years ago on Wednesday, the Chilean President Salvador Allende was deposed in a military coup d’état led by General Augusto Pinochet. During the Army attack on the Presidential palace, Allende killed himself. In commemoration of the anniversary, the collaborative project “Chile from within,” …

Getting Started

Getting Started with Mindfulness<p>You have questions about mindfulness and meditation. <i>Mindful</i> has the answers.<p>While mindfulness is something we all …

How to Start Practicing Mindfulness Immediately

Inquisitive minds often ask me how best to practice mindfulness. My answer is usually the same and usually takes the asker by surprise; “You are …

How does meditation actually work?

Neuroscientists are researching centuries-old Buddhist mindfulness techniques and their effects on the brain<p><i>Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.</i><p>This line from Herman Hesse's 1922 novel <i>Siddhartha</i> came …

Stress Management - Strategies, Prevention, and More

We all experience stress in our lives. Because the vast majority of health problems are caused or influenced by stress, it's important to understand …

This Week in Fiction: Shirley Jackson

<i>An interview with Shirley Jackson’s son, Laurence Jackson Hyman.</i><p><i>This week’s story, “Paranoia,” is by your mother, Shirley Jackson, who published twelve stories in</i> The New Yorker <i>between 1943 and 1953. Your mother died in 1965, and “Paranoia” was never published during her lifetime. Can you talk</i> …

Book News: Coca-Cola Confusion, Cliché Covers

A steep drop in the prices of many best-sellers on Amazon has been called “a declaration of war on the industry” by some independent booksellers.<p>Olivia Laing on the “ambiguous and contradictory” issue of what drives many great writers to drink. (Read Ian Crouch on art and alcoholism.)<p>A trailer for …

Before and After Trayvon Martin: How Power Flattens Humanity

In the early nineteen-forties, my grandfather was one of the first African-American students to attend and graduate from St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota. Years earlier, the McKnights had left Charleston, South Carolina, and settled in Harlem, New York, joining tens of thousands of …

Everything you know about the brain is wrong

What does Einstein’s brain size say about his IQ? Is the left-brain/right-brain divide a myth? There’s new research<p>Within a few hours of Albert Einstein’s death in 1955, the great scientist’s brain had been surgically removed from his skull and placed in formalin. The autopsy and the events …