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The 16 Wisest Things Men Have Ever Said About Style

From the likes of Cary Grant, Tom Ford, Charles Bukowski, Ralph Lauren, and Charles Dickens<p><b>"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."<br>– Gore Vidal, Writer</b><p>"A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten …

Ice-T on Going Straight: 'I'm So Happy I'm Not in That Life'

When Seymour Stein was honored with the inaugural CBGB Icon Award this year, it was only right for Ice-T to pay respect. The rapper explained, in a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

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Rap & Hip-Hop

Here’s the Kanye West-Billy Joel mash-up you’ve been waiting for

Because it just had to happen, someone’s gone ahead and mashed together Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me” with Kanye West’s “Black …

Why a 26-year-old analyst has managed to rattle Wall Street

On Sept. 9, Reuters reported that Kevin Kaiser of Hedgeye Risk Management had sent shares of Kinder Morgan, North America’s third largest energy company, reeling 6%. Kaiser had emailed clients advising them to short the stock (i.e., bet it would fall). The following day, Kaiser published a full …

J.J. Abrams Will Not Direct the Next 'Star Trek' Movie

J.J. Abrams will not direct the next movie in the <i>Star Trek</i> series, though he plans to stay involved in the franchise.<p>"It’s a little bittersweet," …

Star Trek

Production Diary #1 - Writing!

How to find fulfilling work – a fantastic read: http://j.mp/10aU7fH

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 …

What Is Character? Debunking the Myth of Fixed Personality

We’ve previously explored what it means to be human and what defines a “person.” Much of our understanding of personhood hinges on what we call “character” — but what, exactly, is it? Here is an omnibus of definitions and insights from notable cross-disciplinary thinkers, from philosophy to …

The Art of “Negative Capability”: Keats on Embracing Uncertainty and Celebrating the Mysterious

Despite his short life, the great Romantic poet <b>John Keats</b> (October 31, 1795–February 23, 1821) endures as one of the most influential creative geniuses humanity has produced. Writing to his brothers, George and Thomas, in a December 1817 letter found in <b>Selected Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>), Keats coins …

How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling

<i>“I pray to Jesus to preserve my sanity,”</i> Jack Kerouac professed in discussing his writing routine. But those of us who fall on the more secular end of the spectrum might need a slightly more potent sanity-preservation tool than prayer. That’s precisely what writer and psychotherapist <b>Philippa Perry</b> …

How to Be an Explorer of the World

As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist and illustrator Keri Smith’s <i>Wreck This Box</i> set of interactive journals, part of these 7 favorite activity books for grown-ups, I was delighted to discover her <b>How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a wonderful compendium of …

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain, by Louis Cozolino

<i>In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.</i><p>The human brain wasn’t …

Teaching

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Why (and How) You Should Master Awareness

<b>Awareness is a quality of being awake and present to the moment.</b><p>Once we can identify and understand what this quality is, we have the key to …

David Lynch on Using Meditation as an Anchor of Creative Integrity

<i>“Mindfulness meditation is essentially cognitive fitness with a humanist face,”</i> it’s been said. And what more essential cognitive fitness than that required to stay sane in a world that constantly demands more and more?<p>In 2005, the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, held the …

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Worries Over Syria Smack Stocks, Send Oil Surging

Stocks swooned and oil prices spiked Tuesday as anticipation mounts for a U.S. military response to the conflict in Syria. Safe-haven assets like Treasury bond and gold were also rallying.<p>Expectations were heightened Monday, when Secretary of State John Kerry said there is undeniable evidence that …

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Writers Cabin, Fangirl Kidnaps TV’s Greatest Writers & Demands They Create the Best Show Ever

Leigh Lahav and Tom Trager have created “Writers Cabin,” a funny animation in which a fangirl kidnaps television’s greatest writers — like Joss …

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’

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Distressing Images Of Women Punished For Dangerous Liaisons

The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was the moment when the entire nation breathed a welcomed sigh of relief as the …

Now Here's a Country That Has Figured Out Education

In our recent "If You Want The American Dream, Go To Finland" post about different school systems of the world, we told you about the Finnish school …

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Emotionally Charged Portraits of Faceless Shadows

Paris-based photographer Alexandre Bordereau (aka aRe-y0u-iN) features silhouettes of anonymous people artistically adorned with splashes of white paint for his <i>B&W Portrait</i> series. The unidentified individuals in the self-taught photographer's ongoing collection are all faceless shadows that manage …

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Caffeination, A New Webseries About Coffee Culture Across the United States

<i>Caffeination</i> is a new webseries created by The Pancake Epidemic, directed and edited by Jesse Meeker, and hosted by coffee specialist Brandon …