Maria Takkas

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Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

“It’s also very difficult to untangle influences because you represent the sum of everything you’ve seen or heard or experienced.”<p><i>“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,”</i> <b>Leonard Cohen</b> (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about …

Literature

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times

“Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom.”<p><i>“Only an artist can tell … what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it,”</i> James Baldwin asserted in contemplating how the artist’s struggle illuminates the common human struggle. <i>“War and chaos</i> …

Literature

Nobel Laureate André Gide on the Freedom of Expression and the Vital Role of Art as Both Insurgency and Acceptance

“The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.”<p><i>“Art,”</i> Jeanette Winterson observed in a terrific conversation about art and the human spirit, <i>“pulls people up short. It says, don’t accept things for their face value; you don’t have to go along with any of this;</i> …

Young Barack Obama on Identity, the Search for a Coherent Self, and How Polarizing Identity Politics Fragments Our Wholeness

“Without power for the group, a group larger, even, than an extended family, our success always threatened to leave others behind.”<p><i>“This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?”</i> young Tolstoy proclaimed in his diary. <i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what …

Barack Obama

Healing the Heart of Democracy: Parker Palmer on Holding the Tension of Our Differences in a Creative Way

“Full engagement in the movement called democracy requires no less of us than full engagement in the living of our own lives.”<p><i>“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without,”</i> Walt Whitman wrote in his timeless meditation on democracy. A century and a half …

Best Lines From Each Shakespeare Play, By Popular Vote

Goodreads is not only an amazing social media site to track reading progress and share book recommendations with friends, it is also a great source …

New Evidence: Reading Literary Fiction Expands Your Emotional Capacities

In a previous essay I argued that reading serious literature - but not popular fiction - helps your "evolve" and deepen your self-awareness and emotional capacities; and I cited some research that provided evidence of just that. Now, a new study both underscores and adds to those findings and …

10 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Read

Thanksgiving—a holiday that requires some “collective cultural and political amnesia” about the violence that white people inflicted on indigenous …

16 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They’re Most Thankful For

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the books Joyce Carol Oates, R. L. Stine, Lemony Snicket, Colum McCann, Rainbow Rowell, Chuck Palahniuk, and more of your favorite authors are grateful for.<p><i>In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked writers we love to tell us about the book they’re most thankful for. Here’s what</i> …

Books

These Are the Best Books of 2016

The five novels you need to read this year, plus recommendations from the authors.<p><i>Version Control</i> by Dexter Palmer<p><b>Okay, why should I read Version Control?</b> <i><br>Version Control</i> is work of speculative fiction—basically science fiction set in the near future. There are self-driving cars and nanobots, but</i> …

Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p>Shepherd's Pie<p><b>Yield:</b> 4 to 6 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>45 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>50 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>1 hour 45 minutes<p>An easy, traditional shepherd’s pie …

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Home > Recipes by Category > Cakes > Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake<p>Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake<p>March 25, 2014 // 361 <i>Comments »</i><p>Today, I turn 34 …

Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits (Slow Cooker)

Home > Recipes by Category > Main Dishes > Beef Recipes > Braised Short Ribs with Cheesy Grits (Slow Cooker)<p>March 26, 2014 // 34 <i>Comments »</i><p>After we …

Current Table Features Dye Synthesized Solar Cell on Its Surface

<b>Current Table</b> is more than a piece of furniture, it also a source of energy to charge your devices. The surface of this table is completed with a Dye …

EngageClick launches to unify and simplify ad creation, delivery, and optimization (exclusive)

EngageClick launched out of stealth mode today to provide a simpler solution for brands who are looking to create ads, deliver them, manage them, optimize them, and do it across all the big and small screens we watch — including smart TVs.<p>That simpler solution? Do it all on one platform.<p>“Device and …

Fe y Alegría dice: #YaBasta de violencia

Este conflicto va escalando a un ritmo que se hará incontrolable. Le hemos dado carta blanca al enfrentamiento, a la eliminación del contrario, al …

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Kim Boyce's Soft Rye Pretzels

<i>In anticipation of this year's Piglet, we'll be sharing articles, recipes, and tips from past winners over the next three weeks. First up: Kim Boyce's Good to the Grain. Learn more about this year's tournament here, or head to Provisions to add some of the titles to your bookshelf!</i><p><i>Today: After</i> …

Dessert

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web, found our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>Even though a certain love-centric holiday is weeks away, it seems that many of our favorite food bloggers have chocolate on the brain. From tarts …

Food

16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.<p>And …

Cooking