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The Big Mistakes of Religion and Secularism

We live in a powerfully secular culture, strongly influenced by the methods and findings of science, by a widespread reliance on technology, and by …

Ivy League For Free: What One Man Learned By Crashing Elite Colleges For 4 Years

Guillaume Dumas attended the most expensive schools on zero tuition. He discovered what a college degree can–and cannot–get you in life.<p>Between 2008 and 2012, Guillaume Dumas took courses at some of the best colleges in North America–Stanford, Yale, Brown, University of California Berkeley, McGill, …

What Writing Has in Common With Happiness

The author Yasmina Reza says that Borges taught her fiction, like joy, is borne of mysterious, instinctual processes achieved in an unconscious state.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

Face it, book snobs, crime fiction is real literature - and Ian Rankin proves it

In joining the Scottish establishment, the writer of Rebus and Malcolm Fox shows his genre is not a ghetto<p>I first met Ian Rankin in 1983 when I held a fellowship in creative writing at Edinburgh University. He was working on a PhD thesis on Muriel Spark and supporting himself with a part-time job …

Literature

What scares the new atheists

The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing<p>In 1929, the Thinker’s Library, a series established by the Rationalist Press Association to advance secular thinking and counter the influence of religion in …

Religion

33 Mind-Bending Paintings That Will Boost Your Creativity

Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves has spent decades perfecting his art, which intends to celebrate imagination and twist our perceptions of reality in …

Creativity

24 Things That Only Writers Know (From Writers)

There are some things that only writers know. Because there is no other way to learn them than by living the life, no way to guess what it is like …