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Want to be happier? Make things with your hands says, Rachel Cooke

This article reviews books about making things, and the author argues that the practice is central to happiness for at least a crafty few. Need a guidebook for how to do something more than read or write? Check out Rachel … Continue reading

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Get yourself satisfied, says Michael Meng

Michael Meng is an historian with an admirable work ethic. He came to the writer’s retreat to complete research for one project, but very quickly I learned about his previous projects and books he had planned into the future. That’s … Continue reading

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Workspaces offer clues to creative genius, says Summer Anne Burton

Perhaps the first insight about this photographic collection of the workspaces of famous artists and writers is that they existed at all. A designated time and place for creative practice makes it real and important, something to do that involves … Continue reading

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Humanities aren’t a science, says Maria Konnikova

I’d like to split the difference with Maria Konnikova in this insightful essay about why the scientific imagination has so often lost the plot with the humanities. “Here’s the truth: most of these disciplines aren’t quantifiable, scientific, or precise,” she … Continue reading

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Writing combats the traumatic effects of war, says Ron Capps

Items posted here are usually unfettered by moral dilemma, at least for me. Not so with this article about the Veteran’s Writing Project and the NEA’s Operation Homecoming. I’m angry that so many soldiers are coming home with traumatic brain … Continue reading

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Social norms never just settle; artists must negotiate them, says Alan Jacobs

In this essay from the Atlantic, Jacobs is primarily concerned with the duel between online and offline realities. We can take comfort, he says, that this is not a new battle. Artists mediate space between the real and unreal. Always … Continue reading

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Keep not doing what you’re doing, says Frank Partnoy

I once worked for a guy who told me there was ‘too much thinking’ going on in my office. I didn’t work for him long. Procrastination is the dirty word for reflection. In the new book, Wait: The Art and … Continue reading

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