philosophy It’s obvious that modern civilization is reaching a point of critical mass. The human species is about to make the next step into an existence we have been long working towards. This new way of being has much to do with identity, the individual/collective dichotomy, and the inherent need to belong to something bigger. Clustered within this web of chaos lies a very basic notion that the disconnect we have been feeling is on the cusp of re-integration. This disconnect we speak of runs deep within the psyche and we believe it’s rooted in our sense of isolation and misunderstanding of our origins.
The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds Tumblr has built itself as the center of a large creative community. You can find graphic artists, hilarious GIFs and talented musicians sharing their work. It’s also home to countless readers, writers and book lovers. If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza. Exhibition N°5 Culture Chanel 1 Exhibition N°5 Culture Chanel Discover Chanel N°5 in all its couture chic glory at the Palais de Tokyo, in an exhibition dedicated to Chanel’s iconic perfume set to arrive at the Paris museum in May. Presenting exclusive works of art, photographs, films and archival pieces, Chanel N°5’s legendary world is set to exhibit starting May 5 in a very unique retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. From Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s inspirations to reinterpretations of the scent by her artist friends including Cocteau, Picasso and Apollinaire, nothing has been overlooked in this comprehensive show.
8 Books For a Higher Existence Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free. Without books we would lose this guidance.
The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.” Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list — so, a book that tops a list at number one receives 10 points, and a book that graces the bottom, at number ten, receives 1 point. In introducing the lists, David Orr offers a litmus test for greatness:
70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees The tables in bookstores can be overwhelming: Every book cover looks appealing, every blurb glows with praise. Sometimes, you just need a recommendation from a human, someone you trust. Below, 10 members of the TED community — with very different points of view — share the books they think you’ll enjoy this summer. Willy Maywald’s Topped Shots: style file: daily fashion, party, and model news March 18, 2013 11:41am Perhaps best known for serving as Christian Dior’s house photographer, the late Willy Maywald documented French couture and culture with unfussy black-and-white photographs from the 1930s through the 1980s. He had a particular affinity for capturing hats, and WWD reports that on April 6, the Atelier-Musée du Chapeau (a felt-hat plant turned museum in France’s Chazelles-sur-Lyon) will celebrate his talent with Willy Maywald, Hommage aux Chapeaux 1936-1968.
25 Best Books on Self-Improvement You Need to Read Before You Die I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master and coach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid and luminous minds — an oracle of timeless wisdom on everything from what “the good life” really means to why “fruitful monotony” is essential for happiness to love, sex, and our moral superstitions. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.” On December 11 of that year, 78-year-old Russell took the podium in Stockholm to receive the grand accolade. Later included in Nobel Writers on Writing (public library) — which also gave us Pearl S. Buck, the youngest woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, on art, writing, and the nature of creativity — his acceptance speech is one of the finest packets of human thought ever delivered from a stage. Russell begins by considering the central motive driving human behavior:
The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors by Maria Popova Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare. “Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers — including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates — “to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.”
7 Extraordinary Books You Need to Read to Become Ecoliterate Complex networks and their unpredictable nature are rapidly transforming the world around us. The challenge is to learn to live with life, because we are embedded in it. We are systems, nested within systems, nested within systems. Luckily, great minds have seen this ‘crisis of perception’ coming and they have shared their thoughts with us. Thoughts that are inspiring, sometimes shaking the ground beneath our feet and sometimes giving us hope-filled vistas on the future.
David Kaiser's top 10 books about quantum theory Quantum theory has been with us, in one form or another, for more than a century. Yet the subject still manages to fascinate - and occasionally befuddle - physicists and nonspecialists alike. Some of its central tenets seem outlandishly at odds with our common sense. Particles tunnel through walls; cats seems to hang suspended, at least in Erwin Schrödinger's description, half-dead and half-alive; tiny chunks of matter separated by lightyears retain some "spooky" entanglement.
10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10? Recently a friend tagged me on Facebook and challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. This really gave me pause, as I feel like most books I read stick with me long after I’ve read them—but that’s the beauty of books. One of the best parts of this challenge, I’ve noticed, isn’t so much the championing of my favorite books, it’s seeing the lists that others are posting.