The Daily Rituals Of The World's Most Creative People And What You Can Learn From Them The novelist Patricia Highsmith worked in bed surrounded by cigarettes, an ashtray, matches, a mug of coffee, a doughnut and a cup full of sugar. According to Mason Currey, the author of the entertaining and enlightening new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, she also liked to have a stiff drink before she settled down to write, “to reduce her energy levels, which veered toward the manic.” Daily Rituals chronicles the routines of genius-level artists, writers, composers, and philosophers--Beethoven, Kafka, Chuck Close, and John Cheever are among those included. Their quotidian schedules tended to be as regular as they were idiosyncratic.
Head Spins: Gene De Souza Monday, August 3, 2009 at 2 p.m. It's a Sunday evening at the local studios of WDNA, one of the only true indie radio stations in all of America. It's raining outside, an unholy alliance of torrent and drizzle, but in here there's nothing but sunshine. Brazilian sunshine, that is. As if one were on the beaches of Rio during Carnival, or in the back alleys of a Sao Paolo favela, on any given day of the long, hot year.
Avalon High By Meg Cabot (Paperback) Avalon High, I was starting to think, might not be so bad after all. Maybe it's not where Ellie wants to be, but if you have to start at a new school, Avalon High is typical enough: There's Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. Why Grumpy People Can Be Super Productive When we say that we're "waiting for the right time" to start on something, we tend to mean that we want to feel good about what we're doing--but new research suggests that a pinch of negativity can actually be a creative spark. How so? Creativity, as we know, is both an emotional and intellectual process: Psychologists have found that positive emotions open up your inventory of possible actions--one of the many reasons that it's good to feel good.
Head Spins: WDNA's Frank Consola Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 4 a.m. Morning rush hour in Miami is seldom anything less than utterly maddening. Between the drivers talking on their phones and those eating their breakfast, applying their makeup, or doing their hair, it's a wonder there's not a crackup on every corner. Add bad roads, ill-timed lights, and most Miamians' piss-poor traffic skills, and it's a wonder we all don't crack up ourselves. Thank Zeus there's something going on in the ether that can calm even the most irate among us. And no matter how heated things become inside your head or out on the street, this cool blue something will fix it.
Bitter Is the New Black Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb. She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice. This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good. Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.
4 Ways To Amplify Your Creativity The holidays are over, the weather is lousy, and we’re sober again. We made all kinds of New Year’s promises, but the big one that will change our careers, if not our lives, is the promise to ourselves to become more creative. In my new book, Creative Intelligence, I show that creativity is learned behavior that gets better with training--like sports. You can make creativity routine and a regular part of your life. That’s true for big companies as well as small startups, corporate managers as well as entrepreneurs.
Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think In 2011, the Finish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sort to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.” Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”. Finland may be on to something very big.
The Meaning of the Glorious Quran: An Explanatory Translation The Meaning of the Glorious Quran is a classic translation, by the esteemed British scholar-turned-Muslim Muhammed Marmaduke Pickthall. The final revelation that provides An Explanatory Translation by the first English-Muslim to translate the holy scripture. It is not just a translation. It is provided with historical, explanatory, chronological, and critical notes: some of these are most illuminating, as they make clear to readers imperfectly acquainted with Arabian customs, the events of contemporary Arabian history....... Qur'an.
3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life Everyone can learn to be more creative, but to become very creative, I’ve come to believe you need to lead a creative life. In watching my best students, in examining the lives of successful entrepreneurs, and in seeing the process of the great Native American artists who I know, it is clear that how they live their daily lives is crucial to their success. I realize that it sounds very “zen-y” (which is OK by me), yet I come to this realization not through a search for spirituality or clarity but from simple observation. Creativity is in such demand today that when we apply for jobs, when we join organizations, or when we just meet other people, we are asked to present our creative selves.
Journal Your Way to Stress Relief - Longevity Center Keeping a journal or diary is more than just a way to document your experiences and record your thoughts. Recent research shows that journaling is an effective stress relief exercise, and people who write in a diary or other notebook reap both physical and emotional benefits, potentially increasing their longevity. One recent study published in Psychotherapy Research found that psychotherapy patients who were told to let out their emotions through expressive writing experienced greater reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms and better progress in psychotherapy when compared to a control group. Journaling may help you reduce the amount of worrying you do, too. Another study, published in Behavior Modification, showed that expressive writing was associated with significant decreases in generalized anxiety disorder symptoms, including worry and depression. Keeping Your Stress-Relief Diary
Lord of the Flies by William Golding Our world as we know it. From a long list of books to choose from for a school project, Lord of the flies stood out as one of the few books I hadn't read, but I heard was amazing. Within a day, I read the whole book, and I have to agree, it's a work of art. This book shows just how savage we really are, and how civilization keeps us in place everyday.