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The New Fiction of Solitude

For an influential group of writers, the purpose of novels is to bear witness to the spectacle of aloneness.<p>This past September in Des Moines, President Obama conducted an unusual conversation with the novelist Marilynne Robinson. The transcript, published in <i>The New York Review of Books</i>, touched on …

Literature

This is the end of marriage, capitalism and God. Finally!

My fellow boomers might mock millennials, but what if the new generation has the big questions absolutely right?<p>The next big thing isn’t a clever gadget or miracle drug—it’s a way of life: not a breakthrough invention but a social innovation. And it’s not so much a beginning as it as a series of …

Social Media

Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms?

When the game-playing system AlphaGo defeated a master of the Chinese game go five games to nil, its creators could not explain why. Is this a sign of intuitive AI?<p>Last week, researchers at the artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is now owned by Google, announced an extraordinary …

How NYC Is Subtly Redesigning The Subway Car For City Dwellers Of 2050

A prototype train car reveals how New York is planning for the future.<p>This week, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced an order of 10 experimental “open gangway” trains that contain a single long, continuous passage.<p>It’s a minuscule order–10 cars represents only about 1% …

Public Relations

A ‘Labyrinth’ Reboot Is In The Works -- Who Should Play David Bowie’s Goblin King?

Mere days after the death of David Bowie, Hollywood is gearing up to reboot one of his most famous films: the 1986 cult classic “Labyrinth.”<p>Sony …

Country's Jesus-and-partying crew cheapen both the faith and the music

The tension between hard partying and a yearning for piety has remained a common thread in country music for decades – but religious angst has been replaced by bland tokenism<p>There’s an old adage that’s popular among Christian pastors: “If you’re going to sin, sin boldly.” The saying is, in fact, a …

Maren Morris

Alan Watts – 101 Quotes to Celebrate 101 Years of Influence

Alan Watts (Jan 6, 1915 – Nov 16, 1973) was a philosopher known for opening Western minds to Eastern wisdom. He called himself an entertainer, rather …

Spirituality

What might happen in China in 2016?

Millions of people being relocated from cities, fewer jobs, greater centralization, and more movie blockbusters are just some of the author’s …

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

The Winter issue of <i>strategy+business</i> includes a very interesting article on theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, - The Fortune 500 Teller. Dr. West …

Innovation

Lauren Auder selects his favourite DIY underground artists

The past year has been packed with unique, interesting and game-changing pop music, with everyone from FKA twigs to Grimes and Young Thug shaking up the sound of the mainstream. But, as ever, it’s not all about chart-topping success, with the Internet’s ever-evolving underground offering a freedom …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Pete Astor: ‘The master of less is more’

Once marooned in obscurity, 80s indie pop pioneer Pete Astor is back thanks to new acts discovering his deadpan charm<p>James Dean Bradfield was flicking through his seven-inches for BBC4 doc Music For Misfits: The Story Of Indie last year when he stopped at the Weather Prophets’ 1986 debut single …

Was R.E.M. Unfairly Hated When Their Drummer Left The Group?

When R.E.M. called it quits in 2011, it was hard to deny that they were ending things on a high note. Their final two albums, that year’s <i>Collapse into Now</i> and 2008’s <i>Accelerate</i>, had been rightfully praised. Even if they felt a tad similar to what the band had already done, they were definitely a …

Indie Music

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

The concept of <i>T-shaped skills</i> was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to …

Management

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Charles Schwab

Where Mobile Messaging, Payments Are Igniting

Share Email<p>When talking mobile payments and mobile commerce, the philosophy “less is more” comes to mind.<p>Less friction. Less time. Fewer steps to …

FinTech

That $1 Billion TransferWise Deal Is Exactly Why Mark Carney Worries About 'An Uber-Type Situation In Financial Services'

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney worries that technology will disrupt the banking and financial services industry in just the same way that it has torn apart newspapers, radio and the postal service. His chief concern is that governments will fail to regulate it until it's too late — "an …

Mark Carney

How to build a metaphor to change people’s minds – Michael Erard

If you could ask Dante where he got the idea of life as a road, or Rilke where he found the notion that time is a destroyer, they might have said the …

Language

Why Libraries Matter

A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

Books
The Brain

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

From Obamacare to getting kids reading, libraries have a bigger part to play in local communities than ever before<p>As a librarian, it'll probably be no surprise that I like to do my homework. I've followed conversations about the future of UK public libraries with a mixture of interest and …

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries

Tuesday, February 06, 2018<p>It's that time of year again!<p>The Marketing and Communications Community of Practice, part of ALA’s Library Leadership and …

33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization

In a recent piece about the Manual for Civilization — the Long Now Foundation’s effort to assemble 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity, as part of their collaboratively curated library of 3,500 books for long-term thinking — I lamented the fact that Stewart Brand’s …