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Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Mead, and the "Percy Jackson Problem"

Rebecca Mead wrote a piece in the New Yorker today called “The Percy Jackson Problem.” I found it via Neil Gaiman’s tumblr: 763 more words

Books

Read something: Teach Us To Sit Still by Tim Parks

This book will make you breathe deeply, laugh a lot and go to the toilet a few times.

‘Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. 61 more words

Read Something

As with books, so with life

Courtesy of Tim Parks in his book Teach Us to Sit Still:

With books . . . , the best experiences are not when you find what you were looking for, but when something quite different finds you, takes you by surprise, shifts your taste to new territory.

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Quotations & Commentary

Sandstorm in the Mind

There’s a telling contrast between what catches our interest and what we blend out.

The World Health Organisation says 1,240,000 people died on the roads in 2010.   420 more words

Self Awareness

Two mindfulness narratives for Tim Parks

A fascinating and honest account of taking up mindfulness or meditation exercises by novelist Tim Parks.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/30/meditation-mindfulness-tim-parks-more-than-medicine

He says: Being simultaneously immobile, wakeful and wordless is an experience that runs contrary to all our habits, and for which there is no model in our culture, nothing we can visualise, no narrative we can follow.. 232 more words