‘Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea’ ✍

“Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea,” observed novelist Iris Murdoch. If you think you’re going to write a masterpiece, it’s already too late. It never works out that way. What you imagine in your head rarely translates to the same excitement on paper. The best bet is to start writing and see […]

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Japan’s lonely vending machines by Eiji Ohashi

Photographer Eiji Ohashi spent nine years capturing images of Japan’s vending machines on his late-night commutes home from work. “At the time, I was living in a town in the north of Japan that would get hit by terrible blizzards during the winter months. I’d drive my car in (these) conditions and use the light of […]

Low brain activities

TV YouTube Social media People enjoy low brain activities because it gives them the option to unthink. Whether it’s movies or endless Instagram scrolling, the images are there telling us what to think. Reading or listening to music, on the other hand, may take your mind places. As Ray Bradbury once put it, books create […]

Applying the facts

They once said that you could increase your wealth just by reading The Economist. What they didn’t say was that you still needed to apply what you learned to real life. Gobbling facts increase your knowledge and at the same time, deaden your ability to think for yourself. You can make a living off of […]

Teju Cole on the flood of images in a mobile-first world

There is a photograph coming at you every few seconds, and hype is the lingua franca. It has become hard to stand still, wrapped in the glory of a single image, as the original viewers of old paintings used to do. The flood of images has increased our access to wonders and at the same […]

Ray Bradbury: Reading creates a ‘theater inside your head’

A book triggers the imagination. A movie tells all. A book can change your life. A film can change your perception, but only momentarily. Reading creates a theater inside your head When it comes to reading versus watching a screen, it’s all about mind control. You can either make your own mental movie or acquiesce […]

Why we need sleep 😴

“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll […]

‘You break experience up into pieces…’

“You break experience up into pieces and you put them together in different combinations, and some are real and some are not, some are documentary, and some are imagined…It takes a pedestrian and literal mind to be worried about which is true and which is not true. It’s all of it not true, and it’s […]

Essential writing advice from Anne Lamott

TED distilled fourteen writing tips from an interview conducted with novelist Anne Lamott. Her 1995 book Bird by Bird (Amazon) has become an essential guide for aspiring artists of all types. My favorite snippet from the interview appears when she’s asked to give her younger self some writing advice: “I’d teach my younger self to stare off […]

Define your fears instead of your goals

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. — Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art Echoing Seth Godin, “Habits are more important than fears.” Or as Tim Ferriss says, “Define your fears instead of your goals.”

The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life

What if we could be, or at least feel like we were on vacation all the time? That vibe is at the core of Laurence Shorter’s new book The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, a book he wrote by being bored out of his mind. Instead of practicing mindfulness and meditation, Shorter took 3 months […]

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