» Overclock Your Reading Speed This is a guest post from Kim Roach of The Optimized Life. In today’s Information Age, reading is now a prerequisite for success in life. In fact, many presidents, including Kennedy, have required their staff to take speed reading lessons. Brian Tracy, a best-selling author, points out that just 1 hour per day of reading will make you an international expert in your chosen field within 7 years. If you’re looking to increase your learning rate while decreasing your effort, speed reading is a method you should consider studying. By simply learning how to process information at a more rapid rate, you’re not only going to be able to move through books more quickly, but you will also be able to comprehend and process more of what you have read. The Brain’s Power Speed reading actually began as part of military training to identify enemy war planes. What many people don’t realize is that the mind becomes bored when it’s not constantly stimulated. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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10 Essential Books for Book Nerds What makes a book nerd? Reading a lot of books — and liking to talk about said books — is a major requirement, of course, but there’s often something a little more nebulous involved: book nerds are the kinds of people who get a little thrill when walking into a bookstore, who press volumes into their friends’ hands with serious promises of life changing moments, who are fascinated by following the many tangled threads through authors and literature, happily wandering wherever they might lead. Robin Sloan’s recently published Mr. Mr. Man, is this book fun — especially for any book nerd who isn’t in denial about living in the modern age.
History Myths Debunked the impossible cool. At Melville’s Tomb | Howard Owens Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledgeThe dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeathAn embassy. Their numbers as he watched,Beat on the dusty shore and were obscured. And wrecks passed without sound of bells,The calyx of death’s bounty giving backA scattered chapter, livid hieroglyph,The portent wound in corridors of shells. Then in the circuit calm of one vast coil,Its lashings charmed and malice reconciled,Frosted eyes there were that lifted altars;And silent answers crept across the stars. Compass, quadrant and sextant contriveNo farther tides . . . – Hart Crane I first read Hart Crane in a poetry anthology. Crane may be one of the most difficult modern poets to comprehend. Take just the first four lines of “At Melville’s Tomb” for example — we have thrown together the idea of random chance in life (the dice), fortune telling (again, the dice), death that is both caused by chance and leads to chance, and a diplomatic connection between the living and the dead (the embassy).
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Dance, Dance, Revolution Janet Jackson taught me feminism. Not personally! But she and many other women in R&B and hip-hop were so important to me growing up (and still are), because they demonstrated how to be powerful women through their music—and especially their dancing. Here are some more of my favorite videos, in chronological order, by women whose powerful moves have inspired and emboldened me through the years. Janet Jackson, “Control” (1986) Opening lyrics: “When I was 17, I did what people told me! Rosie Perez in Do the Right Thing (1989) Do the Right Thing is Spike Lee’s best movie and one of the most important commentaries on race relations in late 20th century pop culture. The fiery red lighting in this scene alludes to the extreme heat (both literal and figurative) that pervades the film, but it’s Rosie’s funky dance moves that embody its rage. Aaliyah, “If Your Girl Only Knew” (1996) Ciara, “Like a Boy” (2007) Beyoncé, “Diva” (2008)