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Everything We Know About Star Wars' Post-Return of the Jedi Future

Last week’s “Force Friday”* wasn’t just about the release of new <i>Star Wars</i> toys. It also heralded the start of “Journey To <i>The Force Awakens</i>,” a …

Paleolithic People Were Baking Bread Inside This Cave Over 30,000 Years Ago

Deal with it, paleo dieters—this 30,000-year-old cave was once a bakery.<p>Researchers from the University of Florence have been exploring Grotta …

10 Writing "Rules" We Wish More Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Would Break

Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible, and as long as it’s part …

Elected Queens and Princess Senators: How the Politics of Star Wars Work

Greetings, my magnificent mail-minions! I’ve got a swell—dare I say it, keen group of questions in this week’s mailbags, but I want to try something. …

The Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Is Stunningly Gorgeous

So you’ve read all seven <i>Harry Potter</i> books multiple times, watched the movies a million times, visited the theme parks, museums and everything in …

Books

Every Single Doctor Who Story, Ranked from Best to Worst

This weekend, <i>Doctor Who</i> returns, continuing a rich history of time travel and wild adventures. But which of the over 250 <i>Doctor Who</i> stories is the …

Doctor Who Shows Us The Doctor’s Arch-Enemies In A Whole New Light

Tonight’s <i>Doctor Who</i> season premiere is all about two of the show’s most iconic villains. We (and the Doctor) see them in a new light, and it’s enough …

It's Actually Official Now: Jenna Coleman Has Filmed Her Last Doctor Who Season

Speculation and rumor ran rampant this week as to whether this season of <i>Doctor Who</i> would be Jenna Coleman’s last. And after the BBC had to report …

We Have a Crazy Theory About How Darth Vader Might Fit Into Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The first trailer for <i>The Force Awakens</i> announced to the world there was a brand new <i>Star Wars</i> villain. We then learned his name: Kylo Ren, owner of …

Ancient “Tomb of the Serpent Jaguar Priests” Discovered in Peru

Archaeologists working in northern Peru have discovered an intact 2,700-year-old tomb belonging to the high-altitude Pacopampa people. The tomb …

Doctor Who’s New Season Premiere Is Not For Novice Viewers

We’ve seen both halves of the <i>Doctor Who</i> season opener, which starts tomorrow on BBC America at 9 PM. The good news? The time-traveling eccentric …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Writers and Their Books: Inside Famous Authors’ Personal Libraries

As a hopeless bibliophile, an obsessive lover of bookcases, and a chronic pursuer of voyeuristic peeks inside the minds of creators, I’m utterly spellbound by <b>Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books</b> — a vicarious journey into the personal libraries of thirteen favorite authors, who share their …

Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman: A 1973 Gem

In the century and a half since Lewis Carroll met little Alice Liddell and imagined around her his <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, the beloved tale has inspired a wealth of stunning artwork, ranging from John Tenniel’s original illustrations to Leonard Weisgard’s mid-century masterpieces to Salvador Dalí’s …

French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre

Certain types of literature readily invite gorgeous complementary artwork. Classic fairy tales, for instance, have attracted some magnificent illustrations over the centuries. But arguably the most haunting art for literary-literature is that accompanying the stories of <b>Edgar Allan Poe</b>. Nearly a …

Edward Gorey’s Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds

Beloved mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey — grim alphabetician, masterful letter-writer, dispenser of visual snark, semi-secret sort-of-pornographer — was born on this day in 1925. During his seven-year stint living in New York City between 1953 and 1960, he worked at the Doubleday art …

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In <b>About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews</b> (<i>public library</i>), celebrated author and literary critic <b>Samuel Delany</b> — who, for a fascinating …

9 Books on Reading and Writing

Hardly anything does one’s mental, spiritual, and creative health more good than resolving to read more and write better. Today’s reading list addresses these parallel aspirations. And since the number of books written about reading and writing likely far exceeds the reading capacity of a single …

A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking and Democratic Decency

British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic <b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism …

The Art of Thought: A Pioneering 1926 Model of the Four Stages of Creativity

In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s <i>Technique for Producing Ideas</i> and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder <b>Graham Wallas</b>, sixty-eight at the time, …

Shakespeare gone surrealist: Dalí’ illustrates Romeo & Juliet – see all 10 extremely rare lithographs here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/14/salvador-dali-romeo-juliet

Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality

Science and religion have a long history of friction as diametric opposites. But some of humanity’s greatest minds have found in science itself a rich source of spirituality, from Albert Einstein’s meditation on whether scientists pray to Richard Feynman’s ode to the universe to Carl Sagan on the …

Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People

What does it mean to be “cultured”? Is it about being a good reader, or knowing how to talk about books you haven’t read, or having a general disposition of intellectual elegance? That’s precisely the question beloved Russian author <b>Anton Chekhov</b> (January 29, 1860–July 15, 1904) considers in a …

Every Page of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Illustrated by Self-Taught Artist Matt Kish

Two years after his infinitely wonderful illustrations for every page of <i>Moby-Dick</i>, which ranked among the best art and design books of 2011, self-taught Ohio-based artist <b>Matt Kish</b> returns with an equally exquisite edition of Joseph Conrad’s <b>Heart of Darkness</b> (<i>public library</i>). With one haunting …

Kurt Vonnegut on the Secret of Happiness: An Homage to Joseph Heller’s Wisdom

<i>“Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough,”</i> John Green advised aspiring writers. <i>“If you worship money and things … then you will never have enough. Never</i> …

Turning Abruptly from Friendship to Love: Sartre’s Piercing Love Letter to Simone Jollivet

As a lover of spectacular love letters, especially ones between history’s creative and intellectual power couples — like those between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Charles and Ray Eames, and Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin — …

The Mansion of Many Apartments: John Keats’s Metaphor for Life

On May 3, 1818, <b>John Keats</b> — beloved poet, porridge-master, proponent of “negative capability” as the root of creativity — wrote to his friend John Hamilton Reynolds, an aspiring-poet-turned-lawyer, who would later introduce Keats to his future publisher. Found in <b>Selected Letters of John Keats</b></i> …

Illustrated Bookshelves of Famous Artists’ and Writers’ Favorite Books

In 2007, artist and illustrator Jane Mount began painting “portraits of people through the spines of their books” — those aspirational bookshelves we all hold in our heads (and, ideally, on our walls), full of all the books that helped us discover and rediscover who we are, what we stand for, and …

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is <b>Zadie Smith’</b>s list — an exquisite balance …

Why You Should Upload Yourself to a Supercomputer

We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some …