Leslie Larson

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Brain Pickings Gets Made for Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / February 11, 2014<p>Maria Popova is one of the Internet’s finest hunter-gatherers. Powered by a curious mind and a deep appreciation …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

Naomi Wolf’s Spectacular, No-Bullshit Letter of Advice to Her Younger Self

<b>Naomi Wolf</b> was only twenty-six when she began writing the cult-classic <i>The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women</i>, which went on to become a bestseller that shaped the cultural narrative on beauty and identity. Confronted with her sudden success, Wolf had to face the demon of “Fear …

Sylvia Plath’s Unseen Drawings, Edited by Her Daughter and Illuminated in Her Private Letters

<b>Sylvia Plath</b> (October 27, 1932–February 11, 1963) — beloved poet, lover of the world, repressed “addict of experience”, steamy romancer, editorial party girl — was among that small and special coterie of creators with surprising semi-secret talents in a medium radically different from that of their …

Albert Camus on Happiness, Unhappiness, and Our Self-Imposed Prisons

<i>“For the first time in history,”</i> Bertrand Russell asserted in reflecting on the impact of the Industrial Revolution, <i>“it is now possible … to create a world where everybody shall have a reasonable chance of happiness.”</i> Indeed, we’ve pounced on that chance with overzealous want: Ours is a culture so …

The Science of Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

<i>“Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind,”</i> Einstein wrote, <i>“life would have seemed to me empty.”</i> It is perhaps unsurprising that the iconic physicist, celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius,” intuited something fundamental about the inner workings of the human mind and soul …

Anaïs Nin on the Elusive Nature of Joy

Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903–January 14, 1977) is not only one of history’s most dedicated diarists, but also a vocal expounder of the idea that keeping a diary enhances your creativity. She began hers when she was only eleven years old, originally as a letter to her father who had just abandoned …

Stay: The Social Contagion of Suicide and How to Preempt It

If you’ve ever known someone who committed suicide, or have contemplated it yourself, or have admired a personal hero who died by his or her own hand, please oh please read this. Because, as <b>Jennifer Michael Hecht</b> so stirringly argues in <b>Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It</b></i> …

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 …

Einstein on Why We Are Alive

Given my soft spot for big thinkers’ answers to young people’s questions about life, I was thrilled when reader Dave Anderson shared the story of his mother’s exchange with none other than Albert Einstein. When Marion Block Anderson, an altogether exceptional woman, was a freshman at Oberlin …

A Ghost of Evolution: The Curious Case of the Avocado, Which Should Be Extinct But Still Exists

In any market economy, it’s common sense that as soon as the consumer for a certain product ceases to exist, the product itself becomes moot and soon vanishes from stores. In nature, however — or market ecology, if you will — that need not necessarily be the case. In the altogether fascinating <b>The</b> …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2013 – Brain Pickings

Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve.<p>“Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.” A spectacular illustrated-essay-turned-commencement-address.<p>“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — …

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

All gratifying things must come to an end: The season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists — which covered writing and creativity, photography, psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, science and technology, children’s literature, and pets and animals — comes …

On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, Illustrated by the Great Vladimir Radunsky

Given my soft spot for picture-book and graphic-novel accounts of famous lives, including Charles Darwin, Julia Child, Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Feynman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Steve Jobs, I was instantly taken with <b>On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein</b> (<i>public library</i>). Written by <b>Jennifer</b> …

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Henry James on Memory, Growing Older, and What Happiness Really Means

What does it take to live a good life, to flourish, to be happy? The art-science of happiness has been contemplated since the dawn of recorded thought, and yet no agreement seems to have been reached: For Albert Camus, it was about escaping our self-imposed prisons; for Alan Watts, about living …

Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom”

Alan Lightman’s superb recent meditation on science and religion reminded me of a 2009 Bill Moyers conversation with legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, in which the celebrated scientist contemplates the question of science and spirit — a question previously pondered by such great minds as …

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 …

What Makes People Compelling

What makes a winning personality? How can some people walk into a room and instantly entrance everyone into a state of amicable submission? What makes someone like Carl Sagan at once so beloved and so respected? That’s precisely what communications strategists <b>John Neffinger</b> and <b>Matthew Kohut</b>, who …

The Taste Gap: Ira Glass on the Secret of Creative Success, Animated in Living Typography

The question of what makes someone successful has occupied some of history’s greatest minds. For Alexander Graham Bell, success was bound to befall the person “who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider.” For Henry David Thoreau, success was a matter of living with …

Jeanette Winterson on the Value of Art to the Human Spirit

It has been argued that art is everyday therapy for the soul. For Tolstoy, art was a profound source of emotional infectiousness. For Oscar Wilde, it was about receptivity. Amidst recent discussion of the value of the humanities and whether literature makes us better people, one has to wonder …

Charles Dickens on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart

In addition to being one of literary history’s most celebrated authors, no doubt in part thanks to being such a disciplined early riser, <b>Charles Dickens</b> (February 7, 1812–June 9, 1870) was also a man of extraordinary wisdom — from the timeless life-advice he gave his youngest son to his generous fan …

David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman

“Leadership” is one of those buzzwords — like “curation” — whose meaning has been forcibly squeezed out of them by regurgitative overuse and relentless overapplication to things that increasingly dilute the essence of the concept the word once used to capture. In a culture that calls pop culture …

They Came From Inner Space: Three Books About Solitude

Writers are a curious bunch, known for holding court at parties, charming their readers publicly, yet also famously — stereotypically — cranky in the daylight hours. They prefer their own quiet shuffling to any other human noise. I, too, admit a certain tendency toward this peculiar, self-inflicted …

Do You Know How Powerful Your Thoughts Are?

In the theater of one's mind is a multi-dimensional consciousness in which our thoughts point our attention in a particular direction. Neuroscientists have discovered that repetitive thoughts form neural pathways as neurons that fire together get wired together. Thus, the more a particular thought …

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