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The Haunted Mind: Nathaniel Hawthorne on How the Transcendent Space Between Sleep and Wakefulness Illuminates Time and Eternity

“Yesterday has already vanished among the shadows of the past; to-morrow has not yet emerged from the future. You have found an intermediate space… a spot where Father Time, when he thinks nobody is watching him, sits down by the way side to take breath.”<p><i>“Something nameless hums us into sleep,”</i> …

Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of a Life Filled with Aliveness

“Perhaps all anxiety might derive from a fixation on moments — an inability to accept life as ongoing.”<p>Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers and artists have reaped, and extolled, the creative benefits of keeping a diary. For John Steinbeck, journaling was a tool of discipline and a hedge …

Literature

E.O. Wilson on How We Give Meaning to Life

Just as the fracturing of our inner wholeness ruptures the soul, a similar fissure rips society asunder and has been for centuries — that between science and the humanities. The former explores how we became human and the latter what it means to <i>be</i> human — a difference at once subtle and monumental, …

A Client’s Desire for Lake Views and Privacy Lead to a Striking Japanese Home - The Fox Is Black

Located in the beautiful surroundings of Japan’s Kansai region, Scape House sits on a hillside overlooking Biwa-ko, the country’s largest lake. With …

Articles about green home la jolla blends indoors and outdoors on Dwell.com - Dwell

The Noorens fell in love with San Diego and the surrounding area during a surf vacation several years ago, and made it their...<p>Currently on view in Los Angeles is an unconventional show organized by the artist Fritz Haeg, best known for his Edible Estates...<p>The always-popular Dwell Home Tour takes …

La Jolla

Army Barracks Become a Loft Full of Perfection

Shut up and take my money! This loft makes me want to move so bad I’m already on the phone with my realtor (just kidding, but I thought about it). …

Interior Design

Leonard Bernstein’s Moving Letter of Gratitude to His Mentor and a Prescient 1943 Manifesto for Crowdfunding the Arts

As a great proponent of the mutual gift of gratitude to those who touch our lives in a meaningful way and a joyful practitioner of sending regular notes of appreciation to these generous people in my own life, I was extraordinarily moved by a letter of gratitude that legendary composer Leonard …

Advances in digital interfaces will lead to a "new beginning in music"

<b>Dezeen and MINI Frontiers:</b> Roland Lamb, inventor of the squishy-keyed Seaboard piano that won the Designs of the Year 2014 product category, claims …

Thoughts on Design: Paul Rand on Beauty, Simplicity, the Power of Symbols, and Why Idealism Is Essential in Creative Work

“<i>Paul’s a gem [who] works on perfecting the exterior of a curmudgeon,”</i> Steve Jobs reminisced about working with legendary art director and graphic designer <b>Paul Rand</b> (1914–1996), adding, <i>“He’s perfected it to new heights, actually.”</i> Indeed, Rand is remembered as much for being one of the most …

Leonard Shlain on Integrating Wonder and Wisdom at the Intersection of Art and Physics

<i>“It’s part of the nature of man,”</i> Ray Bradbury told Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke as they peered into the future of space exploration, <i>“to start with romance and build to a reality.”</i> <i>“What would happen,”</i> Marshall McLuhan wondered in his seminal 1964 treatise <i>Understanding Media: The Extensions of …

You're an artist, not an entrepreneur

If you think Elizabeth Schwarzkopf is looking somewhat disapproving in that photo, you are correct. It was taken in 1979 at an exhibition in the …

The Universe, “Branes,” and the Science of Multiple Dimensions

<i>“The mystery of being is a permanent mystery,”</i> John Updike once observed in pondering why the universe exists, and yet of equal permanence is the allure this mystery exerts upon the scientists, philosophers, and artists of any given era. <b>The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin,</b> …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists

<i>“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),”</i> 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. <i>“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”</i> wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent <i>Art as Therapy</i>. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the …

A House with an Origami-Like Roof

In the Mie Prefecture of Japan situated in a old village surrounded by mountains is the ORIGAMI house, designed by TSC Architects. The raised lot has …

Dining Rooms

Off mass-shell: Pythagoras to the LHC, via Einstein and Feynman

When a particle physicist describes something as "off mass-shell", they could be referring to a precise bit of quantum mechanics, or denouncing an unrealistic budget estimate. Either way, it's a bit of jargon that connects Pythagoras to the Large Hadron Collider, via Einstein and Feynman<p>A few days …

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and beat icon <b>Jack Kerouac</b> (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) became intensely interested in Buddhism, which began permeating his writing. It was the golden age of Eastern ideas drawing Western minds, from legendary composer John Cage to pioneering philosopher …

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> …

Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Mechanics by a CERN Physicist

As a lover of science and of all things <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, imagine my delight at discovering <b>Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics</b> (<i>public library</i>) — an imaginative and unusual 1995 quantum primer by particle physicist <b>Robert Gilmore</b>, who has under his belt experience at Stanford and …

What It’s Like to Live in a Universe of Ten Dimensions

What would happen if you crossed the physics of time with the science of something and nothing? You might get closer to understanding the multiverse. In <b>Imagining the Tenth Dimension: A New Way of Thinking About Time and Space</b>, <b>Rob Bryanton</b> — a self-described “non-scientist with an inquisitive mind,” …

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …

Music is calligraphy using sounds

Composing is perhaps something one does in order to deepen the intensity of silence rather than the intensity of sounds <br>Music is calligraphy using …

Mondrian Meets Euclid: An Eccentric Victorian Mathematician’s Masterwork of Art and Science

Almost a century before Mondrian made his iconic red, yellow, and blue geometric compositions, and around the time that Edward Livingston Youmans was creating his stunning chemistry diagrams, an eccentric 19th-century civil engineer and mathematician named <b>Oliver Byrne</b> produced a striking series of …

Anne Lamott on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Anne Lamott’s <b>Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) is among my ten favorite books on writing — a treasure trove of insight both practical and profound, timelessly revisitable and yielding deeper resonance each time. Lamott adds to the collected wisdom of great writers …

How Music Works

Music. It’s hard to imagine life without it. How flat would a world be where films have no scores, birthdays no ‘Happy Birthday,’ Christmas no carols, gym workouts no playlists? Music is so ubiquitous and affects us so deeply, so powerfully. But how much do we really know about it? How well do we …

How Japan’s Line became an unintentional gaming-platform giant (interview)

Line has become a hot mobile messaging platform in Japan, with more than 270 million people who are using its media-rich features as a replacement for text messages. Although Line features only 37 games, it has become the No. 2 publisher of Google Play titles in the world in terms of monthly …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing

<i>“Hundreds of people can talk, for one who can think,”</i> John Ruskin wrote, <i>“but thousands of people can think, for one who can see.”</i> <i>“We see, but we do not see: we use our eyes, but our gaze is glancing, frivolously considering its object,”</i> Alexandra Horowitz lamented in her sublime meditation on …