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9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes | Inc.com

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does …

Creativity

Murakami’s understated triumph: What Japan’s most celebrated writer knows that American novelists don’t

Our literary landscape is obsessed with epiphanies and fancy sentences–but he couldn’t be more different<p>In recent years, the novels of Haruki Murakami have fallen into two general types: mammoth and intricate doorstops filled with the Japanese author's favorite motifs -- lonely men, enigmatic …

Haruki Murakami

Laura Miller and Don George interview Haruki Murakami, author of 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,' 'A Wild Sheep Chase' and 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.'<p>The heroes in Haruki Murakami's dazzling, addictive and rather strange novels ("A Wild SheepChase," …

Rebooting YouTube

Susan Wojcicki built Google into a $55 billion advertising giant. Now she’s running YouTube. Her job: Do it again.<p>When Susan Wojcicki took over YouTube in February, she received almost as much unsolicited advice as there are YouTube videos. One open letter not-so-subtly pleaded with Wojcicki, “So …

The Best Meditation Retreats in the U.S.

You don’t have to journey to an exotic ashram in India a la <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> for an exclusive, life-changing meditation retreat. Whether you’re traveling solo, want to reconnect as a couple, or take an unforgettable trip with friends, some incredible resorts and getaways in the States are geared to …

Meditation

Scarlett Johansson's Vanishing Act

Lucy, Under the Skin, and Her seem like strange choices for the star. But maybe there's a reason she keeps picking roles in which she makes part of herself disappear.<p>There is a point in <i>Lucy</i>, the bizarre new sci-fi flick from French filmmaker Luc Besson, when Scarlett Johansson disappears. …

“Worse than Reagan”: Meet the violent chauvinist now leading India, Narendra Modi

The world’s largest democracy’s new leader is committed neoliberal everyone should worry about, an expert explains<p>Earlier this month, India, the largest democracy in the world, held its national parliamentary elections. As was widely expected, the result was a clear and potentially epochal victory …

Clever Desktop Plant is Actually Pens

If you like having plants on your desk but don't have the greenest thumb, then check out this clever design by Korean-based Zeup. While it may appear to be a simple pot filled with grass, each blade is actually a pen created out of silicon. Called the Pooleaf, the pens come in three different …

Design

What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Just 20 minutes of yoga could help your brain function better, according to a small new study.<p>Researchers found that people did better -- both speed-wise and accuracy-wise -- on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga, compared with aerobic exercise.<p>"It appears that following …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …