Tag Archives: creativity

Quotable: Sir Ken Robinson

. . . at TED and calling for a revolution in education: Many of our ideas have been formed not to meet the circumstances of this century but to cope with the circumstances of previous centuries…Our minds are still hypnotized by them and we have to disenthrall ourselves. Watch Robinson’s previous TED talk on how […]

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Friday Fun: Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi Book Fair‘s coming up and my publisher will again be taking part. The best part? You can flip through my book, Creative Lives: Portraits of Lebanese Artists, and maybe even take home your own copy at Turning Point’s dedicated space on the Ciel Stand (12 M 17). To get a better idea […]

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Creativity and Neuroses

In 1909, Sigmund Freud made his sole journey to the U.S., having been invited, along with colleague (and then-annointed son and heir) C.G. Jung, to lecture at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. According to the book’s editor, Freud biographer Peter Gay, the lectures found an appreciative audience at the time, and they have endured as […]


More Chekhov on Writing

In Chekhov: A Spirit Set Free, biographer V.S. Pritchett writes that his subject was careful to “unself” himself in his stories. Pritchett quotes Chekhov directly as telling publisher Aleksey Suvorin that a writer “must speak and think in [the characters’] tone and must feel as a fellow-spirit, otherwise the image will become blurred.” In an […]


Define: Great, Bibliomania and Shuhada

That’s David Orr introducing the lists contained within The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books. Probably a book I’m more likely to page through in a bookstore than buy, but I enjoyed the taste test from Brainpickings and it’s not like I lack for reasons to ponder the meaning of great when it comes […]


100th Post: High Times

In this 100th blog post, I’m pleased to find a timely reference to my own past. Acrobatics runs in my family and I did gymnastics as a child, though never quite like the above. The New York Times marks the passing of the last World War I veteran, a 110-year-old woman who served on the […]


Quotable: Meryl Streep

Streep delivered this thoughtful, moving commencement address at Barnard in 2010, and she spoke with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross this week. Here’s an excerpt from Monday’s interview in which Streep discusses her experience filming The Iron Lady and the need for minimal yet transformative makeup: It’s not about the audience. It’s all about fooling the […]


Friday Fun: Trailer Talk

There’s no enticement quite like an artfully made movie trailer, and it doesn’t spoil the fun to get a better idea of how the pieces come together – and increasingly fly apart. Film Historian Wheeler Winston Dixon helps NPR’s Monkey See put some of the classiest recent trailers in context: “The shots are shorter and […]

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Origins: Serendipity

From More Intelligent Life, the origins of the word ‘serendipity’: The word that best describes this subtle blend of chance and agency is “serendipity”. It was coined by Horace Walpole, man of letters and aristocratic dilettante. Writing to a friend in 1754, Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had just made by reference to a […]