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Quick Healthy Breakfasts

The healthiest breakfasts are ones you make yourself with an eye toward fiber, lean protein and healthy fats. This combination keeps you running all …

Avocado and Tangerine Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

8 Servings<p>The jalapeño's ribs and seeds are the spiciest parts; be careful not to rub your eyes after handling (or wear gloves)!<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice<p>1 jalapeño<p>1 small shallot, finely chopped<p>2 tablespoons white wine vinegar<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>1/4 cup …

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How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity

The meaning of life has been pondered by such literary icons as Leo Tolstoy (1904), Henry Miller (1918), Anaïs Nin (1946), Viktor Frankl (1946), Italo Calvino (1975), and David Foster Wallace (2005). And though some have argued that today’s age is one where “the great dream is to trade up from …

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

<i>“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. …

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Profiles<p>Atlanta’s realest rapper doesn't say much—but when he does, we listen.<p>By Samuel Hine4 hours agoView More<p>Editors' Picks<p>Your new summer secret weapon is also your favorite closet staple.<p>18 Photos4 hours agoView More<p>Best Dressed<p><i>GQ</i>-approved kits from every red carpet, airport arrival, and …

Posh Japanese Workwear by Way of Paris

I’ve been transfixed with designer Sonya Park’s line, Arts & Science, for a while now, but since it is based in Tokyo and has only a few global …

The Power of Process: What Young Mozart Teaches Us About the Secret of Cultivating Genius

<i>“The trick to creativity … is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time,”</i> observed Denise Shekerjian in reflecting on her insightful interviews with MacArthur “genius” grantees. <i>“Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and</i> …

How to Find Fulfilling Work

<i>“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,”</i> wrote Dostoevsky, <i>“all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”</i> Indeed, the quest to avoid work and make a living of doing …

How to Worry Less About Money: Financial Planning Lessons from Goethe

The question of how people spend and earn money has been a cultural obsession since the dawn of economic history, but the psychology behind it is sometimes surprising and often riddled with various anxieties. In <b>How to Worry Less about Money</b> (<i>public library</i>) — another great installment in The School …

Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life

The seasonal trope of the commencement address is upon us as wisdom on life is being dispensed from graduation podiums around the world. After Greil Marcus’s meditation on the essence of art and Neil Gaiman’s counsel on the creative life, here comes a heartening speech by artist, strategist, and …

The grand scheme of a life, maybe (just maybe), is... • literary jukebox

The grand scheme of a life, maybe (just maybe), is not about knowing or not knowing, choosing or not choosing. Perhaps what is truly known can’t be described or articulated by creativity or logic, science or art – but perhaps it can be described by the most authentic and meaningful combination of …

So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity

Why do writers — great writers — write? We’ve heard from George Orwell, Joan Didion, and Susan Sontag. But one of the most poignant answers comes from a somewhat unlikely source: <b>Charles Bukowski</b> (August 16, 1920–March 9, 1994) — he both cynical and soulful, and always unapologetically …

Good writing vs. talented writing http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/20/good-writing-vs-talented-writing/

Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating

Questions of why creators create, how they structure their days, and where they look for inspiration hold a strange kind of mesmerism over us mere mortals, an elusive promise of somehow reverse-engineering and absorbing genius through voyeurism. In 2003, artist Joe Fig began interviewing famous …

If you read one thing today, make it Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's timeless advice on creative integrity and life: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/20/bill-watterson-1990-kenyon-speech/

David Foster Wallace’s Timeless Graduation Speech on the Meaning of Life, Adapted in a Short Film

On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace got up before the graduating class of Kenyon college and delivered one of history’s most memorable commencement addresses. It wasn’t until Wallace’s death in 2008 that the speech took on a life of its own under the title <i>This Is Water</i>, and was even adapted into …

Remembering Aaron Swartz: David Foster Wallace on the Meaning of Life

I recently attended the heartbreaking memorial for open-access activist Aaron Swartz, who for the past two years had been relentlessly and unscrupulously prosecuted for making academic journal articles freely available online and who had taken his own life a week prior. A speaker at the service …

Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects

It is a privilege to have someone in your life who is both a good friend and a personal hero. I’m fortunate to count among those rare gifts MoMA Senior Curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli — design oracle, crusader for humanized technology, curious octopus — whose shows continue to …

Dancing About Architecture: A Field Guide to Creativity

It seems endemic to the human condition that we’ll never cease longing for insight into where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and the five-step action plan for making it manifest. <b>Dancing About Architecture: A Little Book of Creativity</b> (<i>public library</i>) by <b>Phil</b> …

If you read one thing today, make it this: The pace of productivity and how to master your creative routine http://j.mp/13LCskI

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective

<i>“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,”</i> wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, <i>“becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.”</i> But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated

As if the science of sleep and the emotional function of dreaming weren’t fascinating enough in and of themselves, things get even more bewildering when it comes to lucid dreaming — a dream state in which you’re able to manipulate the plot of the dream and your experience in it. But how, exactly, …

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

On March 15, 1884, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) wrote in his diary:<p>I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.<p>So he set out to compile “a wise thought for every …

Sir Ken Robinson on How Finding Your Element Changes Everything

<b>Sir Ken Robinson</b> has previously challenged and delighted us with his vision for changing educational paradigms to better optimize a broken system for creativity.<p>In this wonderful talk from The School of Life, Robinson articulates the ethos at the heart of <b>The Element: How Finding Your Passion</b> …