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The 33 Best Documentaries of All Time

<i>By: Christopher Campbell</i><p><i>Credit: Portrait Films (edited)</i><p>Documentary is not a genre, but an entire branch of moviemaking. So pitting diverse qualifying contenders against each other to determine the 33 best... well, that's difficult.<p>Have I included enough music docs (<i>Don't Look Back</i>, <i>Gimme Shelter</i>), …

Tate Modern displays first UK survey of the work of Mona Hatoum, in pictures

Art

Listen to this: Story Collider reveals the human stories behind the science

Ben Lillie’s podcast covers work across genres and fields of research, but he still finds that some of the most memorable stories come from neuroscientists<p>Regardless of how you felt (or feel) about studying science in school (no thank you, physics), science is everywhere in our world and touches …

Graduate School

Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writers, Penned in a Letter to His Lover and Muse

More than a century before Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing inspired similar sets of commandments by Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood, one of humanity’s greatest minds did precisely that. Between August 8 and August 24 of 1882, <b>Friedrich Nietzsche</b> set down ten stylistic rules of …

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself and the True Value of Education

“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.”<p>“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert asked in framing her catalyst for creative magic. This is among life’s most abiding questions and the …

Friedrich Nietzsche

John Dewey on How to Find Your Calling, the Key to a Fulfilling Vocation, and Why Diverse Interests Are Essential for Excellence in Any Field

“To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.”<p><i>“Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney,”</i> young Vincent van Gogh despaired in a …

9 Compelling Reasons Why Writing a Book Is the Best Personal Development Program | Inc.com

Over the past couple of years I have helped over 200 people write and publish their first book. Without exception every one of them found it challenging but hugely rewarding. A common statement is, "I learned so much about myself by writing my book." I'm the same. As an author, I know that with …

Writing

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my …

Pain

9 Ways You Know You Are a Writer at Heart

The love of writing is a special sort of gift that I would like to think was bestowed on me in a past life. Not only is writing a way of sharing what I think, but it's also a way to clear my mind and understand the world around me. It's an art of the soul, the pen and the tongue and I don't believe …

20 Great Asian Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

The Asian continent has spawned some of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema – Akira Kurosawa, Wong Kar Wai and Yasujiro Ozu to name but …

The dA-Zed guide to cult female filmmakers

Having spent my entire life obsessively consuming movies (including that one post-college year I lived in the back of my parent’s house and watched 1,117 new-to-me films), I realised a few years back that although I’d seen quite a few films directed by women, I hadn’t really sought them out. This …

Ashimoto - Photographs and text by Cesar Ordoñez | LensCulture

Must a portrait <i>necessarily</i> show the face? If a photograph only shows one part of the body—is it not still a portrait? What’s so special about the face? In many cases, another part of the body can tell us just as much as the face can, or even more.<p>So, what happens when the area that is supposed to …

The man who's always on the bus

<b>Spending all your nights sleeping on buses seems a grim fate. But that's the existence some people endure, writes Damian Zane.</b><p>Heathrow airport is pretty empty at 2am. One of the few people around is a man waiting for a bus.<p>It's part of his nightly ritual as he seeks shelter on London's network of …

The future of loneliness

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most …

Times Square

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ must be the key lecture in anyone’s filmmaking education

People often exaggerate when they talk about films. They get carried away, leaving the cinema emotionally stirred and too impressed to be able to …

Roald Dahl on How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor

“I doubt I would have written a line … unless some minor tragedy had sort of twisted my mind out of the normal rut.”<p>My daily rhythms of reading and writing were recently derailed by a temporary but acute illness that stopped, unceremoniously and without apology, the music to which mind and matter …

Literature

Kafka’s Beautiful and Heartbreaking Love Letters

“I belong to you… But for this very reason I don’t want to know what you are wearing; it confuses me so much that I cannot deal with life.”<p><i>“Relationships are probably our greatest learning experiences,”</i> a wise woman once said, echoing Rilke’s memorable proclamation that love is <i>“perhaps the most</i> …

Filmmaking Unsung Heroes: the First Assistant Director

Image from bogdanbesliu.ro<p><i>I can still remember one of my teachers telling us: “</i>the First Assistant Director always ‘gets the girls’. Some people …

How to Develop Situational Awareness | The Art of Manliness

There’s a scene at the beginning of <i>The Bourne Identity</i> where the film’s protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he …

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

<i>“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,”</i> Stephen King advised. <i>“Do back exercises,”</i> Margaret Atwood suggested. <i>“Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,”</i> Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft …

How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory

We’ve seen the many ways in which our memory can be our merciless traitor: it is not a recording device but a practitioner of creative plagiarism, a terrible timekeeper, and the bent backbone in the anatomy of lying. How, then, can this essential human faculty become our ally?<p>In <b>The Art of Doing:</b> …

The Art of Observation and Why Genius Lies in the Selection of What Is Worth Observing

<i>“In the field of observation,”</i> legendary disease prevention pioneer <b>Louis Pasteur</b> famously proclaimed in 1854, <i>“chance favors only the prepared mind.”</i> <i>“Knowledge comes from noticing resemblances and recurrences in the events that happen around us,”</i> neuroscience godfather <b>Wilfred Trotter</b> asserted. That …

Hemingway on Writing, Knowledge, and the Dangers of Ego

<i>“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life,”</i> <b>Hemingway</b> proclaimed in his short and memorable 1954 Nobel acceptance speech. In <b>Death in the Afternoon</b> (<i>public library</i>) — Hemingway’s exquisite 1932 meditation on the tradition of bullfighting, “the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty” …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

Raymond Chandler on Writing: A Lifetime of Wisdom on the Craft from His Private Letters

Last week, while researching this omnibus of what famous authors wrote about their beloved pets in their letters and journals, I came upon the irresistible 1981 anthology <b>Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler</b> (<i>public library</i>). Among Chandler’s many musings, exchanged with his agents, publishers, and …