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thinking about the Erisians today, and about the subconscious (Jung and all that). but also about constructedness, fact, and objectivity.


Difficult writing?

Here’s Will Buckingham on writing and difficulty. Worth a read! I don’t know how to embed the blog into my post, so here’s the link. 211 more words


Leonard Cohen on creative work and meaningful songs

Cohen approaches his work with extraordinary doggedness reflecting the notion that work ethic supersedes what we call “inspiration” — something articulated by such acclaimed and diverse creators as the celebrated composer Tchaikovsky (

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The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

by Maria Popova

Down the rabbit hole in enchanting reimaginings.

On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. 1,788 more words

Art And Humanities

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, June 29-July 5, 2014

Heading off to yoga shortly, so getting this week’s offerings up all hasty like.

Despite the title, K.M. Weiland offers writers some comfort: Why every story you write is a guaranteed failure… 170 more words

Alchemy Ink

Maya Angelou, Brainpickings and Inspiration

Trying to ignore one’s blog as it waits patiently for your attention is no easy feat. A political blog is so much easier with fodder to feed it daily no further than 24-hour news stations. 153 more words


just wow

dear friends, maria popova quotes beautifully from henry miller.

you might find it instructional.

it ends with this:

The most difficult thing for a creative individual is to refrain from the effort to make the world to his liking and to accept his fellow man for what he is, whether good, bad or indifferent.