• Good Things to Read – Great Essays From Around the Web Looking for something good to read that’s shorter than a book but longer than a blog post? Here are a few well-researched, well-written essays and articles from the past few months that I keep coming back to: Science Stephen Hawking Thinks These 3 Things Could Destroy Humanity – via livescience No. 37: Big Wedding or […]
  • Friday Reads – Pico Iyer on the Pleasures of Being Foreign, Ethan Siegel on Dark Matter Soon there’ll be more foreigners on earth than there are Americans. Foreignness is a planetary condition, and even when you walk through your hometown—whether that’s New York or London or Sydney—half the people around you are speaking in languages and dealing in traditions different from your own. Read the article at Lapham’s Quarterly But there […]
  • Maria Popova’s Animated Essay: Wisdom in the Age of Information In this stunning collaboration with animator Drew Christie, Maria Popova parses the difference between wisdom and knowledge and ends with a question we should all be asking ourselves. Popova, the brain behind the phenomenal intellect and arts blog Brain Pickings, teamed up with Christie for the Future of Storytelling Conference. “A great story invites an […]
  • Writer success story – why sometimes you have to tune out the criticism Roald Dahl authored dozens of books, including the beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach “This boy is an indolent and illiterate member of the class.” age 16, summer term English composition “A persistent muddler, vocabulary negligible, sentences malconstructed. He reminds me of a camel.” Summer term 1932, age 16, English […]
  • Crystal Springs – the new play by Kathy Rucker This sounds really good: award-winning playwright Kathy Rucker’s new play, Crystal Springs. Crystal Springs runs March 6 – March 23 at The Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. Read more and get tickets at crystalspringstheplay.com. About the play: (via the website) Crystal Springs is a thought-provoking new play that interweaves the challenges of parenting in the […]
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