Blessings and Resolutions: Giving of Yourself Where You Are Needed

Blessings and Resolutions: Giving of Yourself Where You Are NeededOne of my fondest Christmas memories happened many years ago when I was co-hosting a radio show with Jim Kirkwood called The Good News Hour. We decided to do something extra special one year, so we worked up a volunteer army of helpers from our listeners to feed the largest homeless shelter...

Who Are You? What Is Your Real Name?

Who Are You? What Is Your Real Name?Once upon a time a little Being was sitting by a stream…sighing, sad, and just a bit frightened. At that same moment, as the fates would have it, Solo­mon, the wise old owl, happened to be flying by just overhead...

5 Keys for Unlocking Your Innate Creativity

5 Keys for Unlocking Your Innate CreativityA blank canvas. An empty music score. A newly opened Word document or electric circuit simulation. Trying to harness creativity at will haunts artists, scientists, technologists, and even bureaucrats. How can we open our minds and wander into new, innovative territory?

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob Dylan

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob DylanPulitzer-Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell said that Bob Dylan wasn’t a poet because he “leaned on the crutch of his guitar”. The Nobel committee clearly disagree – they awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Indeed, Dylan has leaned on poetry more than any other musician, before or since.

What's The Best Drama Machine Around? The Human Mind

Feeding The Human Mind: The Best Drama Machine AroundThe human mind: It’s the best drama machine around. It’s portable. It runs day and night. It requires only imagination to operate. It cranks out some of the best stories around. Just feed it a few tidbits of hearsay, half-truths, some emotional charge, some childhood memories (the more traumatic, the better), and voilà...

A Fable: Healing the Poison In Our Mind and Attitudes

A Fable: Healing the Poison In Our Mind and AttitudesA long time ago, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her mother-in-law at all.

Why Teaching Creative Writing Matters

Why Teaching Creative Writing MattersFor the last 30 years or so the rise of creative writing programmes in universities has been met with seemingly unending howls of derision from all quarters.

Goodbye Leonard, You Brought Us So Much Light

Goodbye Leonard, You Brought Us So Much LightLeonard Cohen has died, and the lights have gone out all around the world. His death shouldn’t have come as any surprise: as he wrote to his muse Marianne, just weeks ago,

What Makes Things Funny?

What Makes Things Funny?As a researcher who investigates some of the potential side effects of humor, I spend a fair bit of time verifying the funniness of the jokes, photos and videos we present to participants in our studies.

The Myth Of The Disappearing Book

The Myth Of The Disappearing BookAfter years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry.

Do Sports Fans Need Their Villains?

Do Sports Fans Need Their Villains?As the new NBA season begins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves in an unfamiliar role: villain.

How to Get Paid Big Time for Your Creations

How to Get Paid Big Time for Your CreationsTruly creative people are more interested in the process of creating than its side effects. They do not create in order to get something else. The joy of creating is reward enough in itself. Awards and accolades are not the goal; they are the byproducts of the goal.

No, Bob Dylan Isn't The First Lyricist To Win The Nobel

No, Bob Dylan Isn't The First Lyricist To Win The NobelThere’s been a great deal of excitement over Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s rare for artists who have achieved widespread, mainstream popularity to win.

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance Creativity

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance CreativityWhile meditations, exercise, and vacations all have the potential to reduce negative stress, if your relationships are lousy or you hate your work or your creativity is being stifled, you will remain stressed out. Your life choices, positive and negative, determine your wellbeing...

Are You On The Hero's Path?

Are You On The Hero's Path? by Sophie RoseHave you noticed that many children’s tales end with a victory of the heart? The hero, after following a tortuous path of struggles, dreams and hopes, always manages to fulfill their heart’s desire, while sometimes discovering it at the same time....

How Pop Music Is Embracing High Art

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From stadiums to galleries, the new frontier for today’s mega pop star is high art. Mass popularity has its charms – sales, world tours, legions of followers – but the legacy-conferring power of art is now the ultimate sign of one’s status within Western culture.

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy Something happened the other day that highlighted why we do what we do, and why I love helping ordinary people find the extraordinary humor and playfulness in every day life. We've been traveling around the northeast for the past three weeks and one thing the northeast has is -- tolls. Now I can imagine that being a toll-taker takes its toll. Same old same old...

Are Intelligent People Really Better At Chess?

Are Intelligent People Really Better At Chess?A new study offers some of the most conclusive evidence to date that intelligence is linked to chess skill—a hotly debated issue in psychology. The results refute the idea that expertise is based solely on intensive training.

'Snowden,' A Picture Of The Cybersecurity State

'Snowden,' A Picture Of The Cybersecurity StateWith the release of a new film about Edward Snowden, the man who revealed secret documents detailing a massive U.S. government spying program, the debate about his character continues.

How Star Trek Almost Failed To Launch

How Star Trek Almost Failed To LaunchFifty years ago – on Sept. 8, 1966 – TV viewers were transfixed by the appearance on screen of a green-hued, pointy-eared alien called Spock. But beneath the makeup, actor Leonard Nimoy fretted that this would be the end of his promising career.

Has The Library Outlived Its Usefulness In The Age Of Internet?

Has The Library Outlived Its Usefulness In The Age Of Internet? You'd Be SurprisedU.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.

The Musical Legacy Of Reggae Pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

The Musical Legacy Of Reggae Pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryAs electronic music shape-shifts its way through the early years of the 21st century, the influence of dub – reggae’s stripped-down mutant version – on contemporary production is becoming more apparent. In “Remixology”,

From Punishment To Protest: A History Of Tattoos

From Punishment To Protest: A French History Of TattoosWhile many are fascinated by tattoos for their aesthetic value, their graphic history reveals how they have acted as a means of suppression and exclusion but also as a form of resistance to restrictive social codes.

Spike Lee's Film ‘Do The Right Thing’ Is More Relevant Today

Spike Lee's Film ‘Do The Right Thing’ Is More Relevant Today Than EverFor a black film and media student at the University of Cape Town, Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” (1989) was a revelation. I watched it on a DVD one afternoon with my friend Frank in one of the damp tutorial rooms in the Arts Block on Upper Campus, only a few steps away from where Cecil John Rhodes’ statue stood.

Who Owns Your Tattoo? Maybe Not You

Consult your lawyer before you enter. Thomas Hawk, CC BY-NCMore than 20 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and for millennials that number jumps to almost 40 percent. What could be more intimately a part of you than a work of body art permanently inked into your skin?

New Ghostbusters Is More About Politics Than You Think

New Ghostbusters Is More About Politics Than You ThinkYou might think the political movie of the moment would be one of the half-dozen or so superhero pictures where the world is engulfed by chaos and a strongman comes to its rescue.

Attention All Adults: Are You Having Fun Yet?

Attention All Adults: Are You Having Fun Yet?We've all been brainwashed! We were all taught the work ethic! "Work (and suffer) till you die, or if you're lucky retire. We don't have time to waste on frivolities. We have responsibilities to fulfill. We have to be serious, work hard..." I choose to change that programming in my life...

Why The Cult Film ‘Blade Runner’ Is An Influential Work Of Art

Why The Cult Film ‘Blade Runner’ Is An Influential Work Of ArtOK. Confession time. I’ve seen Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” at least 50 times. I know the entire screenplay of the director’s cut off by heart. I have owned three different VHS versions, three different DVD versions (including a very collectable 12" laser disc) and have downloaded the ever-expanding online FAQ. Sad, isn’t it?

Can Reading Fiction Literally Change Your Mind?

Can Reading Fiction Literally Change Your Mind?If you are committed to the pleasures of reading you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is good for you.

Pokémon Go IsThe App That Leads You Places Other Apps Don't

Pokémon Go IsThe App That Leads You Places Other Apps Don'tThe launch of augmented reality game Pokémon Go has been a resounding success for Nintendo and app developer Niantic. Reports suggest it to be the most popular mobile game in US history, with the number of daily active users at times surpassing Twitter, Facebook, and Tinder.

Simplicity: The Gateway to Change and Creativity

Simplicity: The Gateway to Change and CreativityBy simplifying your life, you may discover the things that make you happy and fulfilled aren’t things at all. Focusing on the essentials will relieve your mind from ideas or situations that make you anxious. The path to simplicity is a process that will affect everything about you, including your thought patterns...

The Guilty Pleasures Of Reading Historical Fiction

The Guilty Pleasures Of Reading Historical FictionI had better confess straight away: I love reading historical fiction. So much so that I actually recommend to my Renaissance students that they read it too. Putting fictional flesh on historical bones can teach us a lot – about storytelling and, yes, also about history.

Hit The Off-Switch and Live in the 3-D World

Hit The Off-Switch and Live in the 3-D WorldChildren need to play. They need the tactile touch of gooey finger paint rather than the sanitary experience of brushing their fingers across a touch pad to make color magically appear on a screen. They need to dig in the dirt, and get dirty. They need to splash in water and get wet.

More Is Less: Organize the Mess & Get Rid of Clutter

More Is Less: Organize the Mess & Get Rid of Clutter, article by Xorin BalbesClutter is making us crazy, and not just because we can’t find anything — because every bit of wood, metal, and plastic we collect is an anchor tying us to something, somebody, somewhere. So why can’t we let it go? Doesn’t having fewer, more cherished belongings that really inspire you...

3 Romantic Authors That Will Heat Up Any Beach Trip

3 Romantic Authors That Will Heat Up Any Beach TripThere’s no better way to escape the stresses and strains of work and – for many at the current juncture – the acute anxiety of geopolitics, than to put your reading into “romance” gear.

Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard

Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So HardIf your project/plan/interaction is not running smoothly, if you're running into obstructions and trying too hard, receive the message here from Noelle Sterne's article. Apply its precepts to your life in general, and you'll see how her insights/suggestions/observations fit perfectly.

Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the Mundane

Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the MundaneI’ve received many a bouquet of flowers in my life, but the one that stands out as the most romantic was a little bunch of wildflowers presented to me many years ago by my then-partner. He kissed me hello and shrugged, “I saw these growing on the side of the road. They were so pretty and colorful, made me think of you."

The Name's Bond, James Bond ... Or Should It Be Jane?

Gillian Anderson as Jane Bond. @GillianA/TwitterAmid reports that Daniel Craig has hung up his Bond boots once and for all, speculation about who will take his place is rife.

Are Pop Stars Destined To Die Young?

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It Felt Like A Kiss -- Movies, Popular Music And Martin Scorsese

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Music and movies are umbilically entwined in the films of Martin Scorsese. It’s almost impossible to think of his cinema without the propulsive accompaniment of a track by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, a Neapolitan street singer or any number of other smaller and even obscure doo-wop, Latino, Brill Building and r “n” b wonders of the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.

Overcoming Perfectionism & The Fear of Making Mistakes

Overcoming Perfectionism & The Fear of Making MistakesResearch shows that perfectionism is related to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, procrastination, and thoughts about suicide. Perfectionists often believe they have to live up to the highest expectations that other people (supposedly) have of them. These unhappy perfectionists are filled with shame and humiliation. Yet...

Why Slang Shouldn't Be Banned And Should Be Celebrated

using slang 5 16Geezers and girls literally ain’t allowed to use slang words like “emosh” (emotional) anymore. The head teacher and staff of an academy in Essex, England appear to have taken great pleasure in banning the type of slang used in reality television series TOWIE, including many of the words in the above sentence, in a bid to improve the job prospects of their students.

Why You Should Watch an Uplifting Movie Tonight


 Why You Should Watch an Uplifting Movie TonightResearch shows meaningful films, in particular those that depict values of love, kindness, and connectedness, go a long way toward changing your worldview.

Rhythm On The Brain, And Why We Can't Stop Dancing

 Sometimes we just have to move. Scott Robinson/Flickr, CC BYMusic and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the world’s cultures and throughout history.

Why Netflix Isn't In The Business You Think It's In

netflix 5 7Netflix has been in the headlines a lot recently, and not in a good way. There’s news about competitor Amazon launching a monthly video service, subscription fees going up, its library of content shrinking and lower global subscriber gains than the company had anticipated.

Why Beyoncé Matters

Why Beyoncé MattersJust as the world was recovering from the shock of the untimely death of Prince, Beyoncé released Lemonade, her sixth studio album and her second “visual album”. Unlike its predecessor, which featured individual music videos for each track, a single one-hour film was aired on HBO to coincide with the release.

Confessions of A Tone-Deaf Music Professor

Confessions Of A Tone-deaf Music ProfessorHow’s this for a shock, horror headline: “Tone-deaf professor of Music at Liverpool University”. Can it be true? Well, up to a point, yes. It’s complex.

The New Captain America Movie Echoes Our Political Anxieties

How Captain America: Civil War Echoes Our Political AnxietiesThe long-anticipated Captain America: Civil War has just hit cinemas. The latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings to a head a problem that has been brewing for years: whether superheroes should be directed by government organisations.

Easy Way, Hard Way: Letting Go of Struggle

Easy Way, Hard Way: Letting Go of StruggleThe only kind of action that works in Easy World is inspired, energized action. Therefore, the Easy World ordinance for action is this: Act only when inspired and energized. Let's examine those words "inspired" and "energized." Inspired means that your Spirit is motivating you from within...

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In Survival

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In SurvivalLaughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world. But it’s not clear why laughter exists. While it is evidently an inherently social phenomenon – people are up to 30 times more likely to laugh in a group than when alone – laughter’s function as a form of communication remains mysterious.

Older Adults Use Facebook For Social Surveillance

Lots Of Older Adults Use Facebook For SurveillanceIn 2013, 27 percent of adults aged 65 and older belonged to a social network, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Now, the number is 35 percent and is continuing to show an upward trend.

The Confirmation is Keeping Hollywood Real

The Confirmation is Keeping Hollywood RealMany rural Americans feel the lasting effects of the 2008 recession every day. Wages have been stagnant for the past decade, and jobs have returned to cities at a rate 4 times faster than in rural communities. For many blue-collar workers, this type of financial difficulty can strain all aspects of life, from career opportunities to family relationships.

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones Films

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones FilmsSo, there is to be a fifth Indiana Jones film. Sadly, the much-loved movies don’t represent the average day at work for most archaeologists, but there is more truth to Indy’s swashbuckling adventures than you may think. Crystal skulls

Harper Lee Led A Life Of Great Courage

Harper Lee Led A Life Of Great CourageThe death of Harper Lee is big news. Bigger than the deaths of most major writers. Why? It isn’t because she made worldwide headlines last summer due to the controversy over the recent publication of Go Set A Watchman.

The Miracle That Is Our Life... If We Let It!

The Miracle That Is Our Life... If We Let It!As we get used to just being ourselves and being present, the path of our life widens and progresses. It's not that we don't handle the responsibilities of our lives; it's just that we allow things to happen rather than forcing them...

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?The first question I ask people when they are feeling lost in life is, "What is your passion?" The truth is that passion is everything we love. Passion allows us to give ourselves over completely to our actions and emotions. Passion gives us a spring in our step and the ability to spring out of bed in the morning...

In Search of Silence for Spiritual Revival

In Search of SilenceWhen we look into any spiritual path, we notice that silence is an imperative part of contact with the divine. However, our busy and technological life causes us to be overloaded by man-made noise, such as traffic, alarms, piped music and trivial, attention seeking conversations on mobile telephones. Even in the countryside, we...

The Movie Danish Girl Is Based On The Life Of Transgender Lili Elb

The Movie Danish Girl Is Based On The Life Of Transgender Lili ElbIt was with some trepidation that I went to watch The Danish Girl. Prior to its release the film had already attracted accusations of transphobia for director Tom Hooper’s decision to cast the cisgender actor Eddie Redmayne in the title role of Lili Elbe, a trans woman.

How Auld Lang Syne Switched Tunes En Route To World Domination

How Auld Lang Syne Switched Tunes En Route To World DominationAuld Lang Syne was famously written by the Scottish national bard, Robert Burns. What is less well known is that the melody was not the one he intended. The one that became famous was first attached to the song in the late 1790s and Burns, who died in 1796, knew nothing about it.

In The Heart Of The Sea: The Horrific True Story Behind Moby-Dick

In The Heart Of The Sea: The Horrific True Story Behind Moby-DickA man winds his way through the muck and mire of a 19th-century American port – Nantucket, centre of the world’s whaling industry. He knocks on a door, enters, and begs an exhausted looking man to tell him his story in exchange for his life savings.

How Christmas Traditions Evolved Around The World

How Christmas Traditions Evolved Around The WorldChristmas has become a cultural event, associated with the giving of gifts and lavish meals with friends and family. But the traditional understanding of Christmas is that it’s a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Why 2015 Was The Year That Changed TV Forever

Why 2015 Was The Year That Changed TV ForeverIndeed, the past year saw audiences becoming more and more amenable to adopting new ways to watch TV shows, with live audiences for broadcast and cable programs declining sharply.

The Artist's Dilemma: What Constitutes Selling Out?

The Artist's Dilemma: What Constitutes Selling Out?Intellectuals, academics and artists play a unique role in society: they preserve and defend both freedom of expression and the morality of choices. Artists can use their work as a means to communicate messages of dissent and hope in the face of injustice, repression and despair.

Is Star Wars An Escapist Fantasy or A Dream of The Future?

Is Star Wars An Escapist Fantasy Or A Dream Of The Future?In certain corners of the internet a modern myth celebrates the idea that Ben Rich, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” – the legendary and highly secretive wing of Lockheed Martin concerned with aircraft development – concluded a 1993 presentation at UCLA with the blockbuster line: “We now have the technology to take E.T. home.”

Sinatra's Films Shattered The Postwar Myth Of The White American Male

Sinatra's Films Shattered The Postwar Myth Of The White American MaleFrank Sinatra’s 100th birthday on December 12 is being celebrated with all the requisite fanfare: Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, CBS' Sinatra 100 All-Star Grammy Concert, exhibits at the Lincoln Center and Grammy Museum, a London Palladium show and a number of book publications.

Sex Is Neither Good Nor Bad, But Writing Makes It So

Sex Is Neither Good Nor Bad, But Writing Makes It SoBad sex. Isn’t it enough to have had it without having to read it as well? A poorly written sex scene can be viscerally dreadful. While porn is fundamentally unrealistic, bad sex in prose that’s not explicit can be excruciating.

What The New Movie Sunset Song Tells Us About The Modern World

What The New Movie Sunset Song Tells Us About The Modern WorldA film adaptation of the celebrated Scottish novel Sunset Song is arriving at a time of recurrent European financial crises and a war in the Middle East that is sucking in many of the world’s major powers for the second time in a generation.

Why Daydreaming Is Good For You

Why Daydreaming Is Good For YouMost people think of rest as the times when we stop work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength. But historians and anthropologists have discovered that what counts as rest has varied a lot over time and across cultures.

The Movie Carol Is A Stunning 1950s Tale Of Two Women In Love

The Movie Carol Is A Stunning 1950s Tale Of Two Women In LoveAn insistent clamour of bells and horns recurs throughout Carol, evoking the stifling, heavy atmosphere of conformity that overlay early 1950s America. An older woman, the wealthy, strikingly beautiful Carol (Cate Blanchett), starts an affair with young salesgirl and aspiring photographer, Therese (Rooney Mara).

Alice's Adventures In Cyberspace: Lewis Carroll's Creation Turns 150

Alice's Adventures In Cyberspace: Lewis Carroll's Creation Turns 150In the past 150 years Lewis Carroll’s Alice has undergone innumerable transformations. Instantly popular, she quickly escaped her original novelistic environment, appearing in Victorian Punch caricatures, on magic lantern slides and on stage.

What Does Your Musical Taste Say About Your Personality?

What Does Your Musical Taste Says About Your Personality?We’re exposed to music for nearly 20% of our waking lives. But much of our musical experience seems to be a mystery. Why does some music bring us to tears while other pieces make us dance? Why is it that the music that we like can make others agitated?

Is Television Good For Me? How To Grade TV Shows

Is Television Good For Me? How to Grade Your TV ShowsAt first, deciding about television was a simple matter of thoughtful grading. A slow matter, too, as I had been watching television for all these days and never thought of grading it. How I grade: Every news event in a half-hour newscast, would earn a grade from me, its viewer.

Are You More Important Than Your Cell Phone?

Are You More Important Than Your Cell Phone?Are we not more important than our cell phones? Our “batteries” run low as well. Few people are as urgent to charge their own batteries as they are to charge up their cell phone. We push and push ourselves to keep going and we don’t pay attention to our own battery or need to be recharged.

The Movie Suffragette Helps Us See Why We Still Need Feminism

The Movie Suffragette Helps Us See Why We Still Need FeminismI found the film Suffragette utterly stirring. This came as something of a surprise to me. The voluminous press coverage has been unanimous: the film’s uniqueness lies in its focus on working class women’s struggle for the vote.

Rekindling Our Creative Fire Rewards Us with Power and Energy

Rekindling Our Creative Fire Rewards Us with Power and EnergyWithin ourselves we contain seeds of great creativity. We are usually afraid of our own powers so we like to distract ourselves with hundreds of little mundane things rather than look in the mirror and see our real selves. Modern society encourages us to get lost in the world of social media where others are praised for their creativity and we hide in their shadows...

Intuitively and Creatively Finding the Link to Our Authentic Wildness

Intuitively and Creatively Finding the Link to Our Authentic Wildness“No matter by which cul­ture a woman is influenced, she understands the words wild and woman, intuitively.” [Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves.] Something about the way those two words — wild and woman — were placed alongside each other set up a commotion inside me, a response to a longing I couldn’t name.

Is Creativity Linked To Feeling Down And Neurotic Thinking

Is Creativity Linked To Feeling Down And Neurotic ThinkingPsychologists have advanced a new theory linking neurotic unhappiness and creativity, arguing that natural worriers may also have highly active imaginations and be more creative problem-solvers.

Nothing Is Impossible: If I Have Dreamed It, It Must Be Possible

Nothing Is Impossible: If I Have Dreamed It, It Must Be PossibleWhen Clare was young, he and his mother would spend long afternoons walking through the neighboring lands. For the most part, she walked in silence speaking only when there was something to say. He loved their walks together — most of all, because of the stories...

The Curtain Falls On Jon Stewart, America's Favorite Jester

The Curtain Falls On Jon Stewart, America's Favorite JesterJon Stewart opened his final episode of The Daily Show with “full-team coverage” of Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, featuring current and returning Daily Show correspondents from throughout Stewart’s tenure, including Stephen Colbert.

If A Tree Fell In The Woods...

If A Tree Fell In The Woods...If a tree fell in the woods and someone was there to yell TIMBER, there is no doubt that the tree would make a noise, and when it hit the ground, someone would be there to hear it. But how about the classic question that asks, "If a tree fell in the woods and NOBODY was around to hear it, would it make a sound?"

A Long Lost Friend Reborn: What We Can Expect From Go Set A Watchman

A Long Lost Friend Reborn: What We Can Expect From Go Set A WatchmanThe provenance of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is perhaps less well known than the novel itself, which has come to be even less remarked upon than the legal travails and self-imposed isolation of the author who penned the work.

How Do We Measure Happiness?

How Do We Measure Happiness?Our happiness depends on whether we believe something is good or bad. But most people are not aware of this important mechanism and they believe that it is outer circumstances and what they have or don’t have in their lives, which is the reason why they are happy or unhappy.

Orange Is The New Black Is Fast Becoming A Feminist Classic

Orange Is The New Black Is Fast Becoming A Feminist ClassicOrange is the New Black is about to return for a third season. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s time to sit up and take note: the Netflix programme looks set to become a classic of feminist television.

My Encounter with Darth Vader: Being God’s Fool

My Encounter with Darth Vader: Being God’s FoolI am not afraid to make a fool of myself. And why do I deliberately do this? Quite simply, it feels good to me. It lets me be unpredictable, unconventional, spontaneous and completely in the moment. It’s really a divine experience, a shaking up of ordinary reality, a transition from my mind to my heart.

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