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Born to Run is like candy and great wine and cocaine. Even with its huge dose of mixed metaphors, people are addicted to it.

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Maira Kalman paints and draws to make books of social observation. She has fun. She mixes pictures with words to milk odd emotion. Below is an interview on how she works.

 

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“Flow” is a state of creation characterized by the following: sustained concentration, loss of self-consciousness, loss of sense of time, strong sense of control, sense of intrinsic reward, full absorption in the task itself, and positive emotion. Positive emotion is key: When you’re in flow, you don’t think too much. Read more...
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I aspire to be like Maira Kalman these days. She delivers emotion through fragments. She is fun. She doesn't love words over images or images over words. Read more...
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I am a therapist who goes to a therapist and spends most of her mental energy writing and thinking about therapy but also sometimes doubts that therapy is an efficient way to change people. It’s likely that changing where you live or who your boss is or what job you’re in would change you more radically and quicker. Read more...
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There are probably many reasons why writers tend to drink. Here are some possibilities: both encourage subversiveness; both are an alternative from dealing with the world on its own terms; both let you temporarily trust your voice with less judgment. They also grant some sense of control over the world or an ego boost—making your perspective seem correct and central. Read more...
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My dreams sometimes feel like a limp defragmenting, just the shuffling of images (my lunch; a park) that happen to be occupying brain space. At other times, my brain seems to be doing more major work during sleep, processing feelings that I’ve repressed from attention but are still terribly important (fears of losing independence; anxiety about work). Read more...
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I hate to be stuffed more than I dislike hunger. Being too full sucks for me: I hate the feeling in my belly, and my guilt tends to snowball. In other words, when I see people like Anthony Bourdain get stuffed and call it “life’s simple pleasure,” I have a hard time understanding what they mean. That pleasure doesn’t look simple to me. Read more...
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Hans Fallada is probably the greatest German author you've never heard of. Stained by an unwanted association with the Nazi party, Fallada's reputation suffered in the west as all but one of his books were largely forgotten. But a new translation of his last work may help to restore his simple but beautiful novels to popular consciousness. Read more...
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Sliced carrots slapped against the nurse’s chest and a lunch tray clattered to the floor. The tall African American 22-year-old who I’m seeing in therapy, who I’ll call Anthony here, was raging. “You ain’t seen my hell. They hated Tupac. They hated Malcolm X. You ain’t know f**k about me.” Read more...
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Unabashedly Bookish features new articles every day from the Book Clubs staff, guest authors, and friends on hot topics in the world of books, language, writing, and publishing. From trends in the publishing business to updates on genre fiction fan communities, from fun lessons on grammar to reflections on literature in our personal lives, this blog is the best source for your daily dose of all things bookish.

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