Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happiness: Health: …  How to change emotions with a word

I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.

— Søren Kierkegaard, born in 1813

The Best Baker in the World, a children's book adapted from The Godfather (no, really

The happiest man in the world

The rim of the saucer’s depression is lightly discoloured – a dusting of rust and red and brown, remnants of teas gone by that did not wish to be washed away, refused to be forgotten, the age rings of a small plate.

There is a curtain, thin as gossamer, clear as glass, strong as iron, that hangs forever between the world of magic and the world that seems to us to be real.

— E. Nesbit, who died in 1924

Most of the books published these days consist of a series of whines followed by an epiphany. I call these memoirs and confessional novels happy tragedies. We shall overcome and all that. I find them sentimental and boring.

Why Jozef Imrich and Andrew Forrest are giving their fortune away


New  Voices Enhance, Instead Of Diminishing, The ‘Classics’ Canon

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen: "It’s too late to get rid of all of us. We are here because white people were there, invading — sorry, civilizing — our countries of origin. Americans descended from Vietnamese refugees, undocumented Nicaraguan immigrants and African slaves cannot unlearn English. In my case, I love English and will not leave it, even if some people use it to say, 'Go back to where you came from.' (They can’t say 'Speak English,' since I teach it.)" … Read More

How to change emotions with a word

Happiness As A Medical Condition (Is This Really Desirable?)

The absence of joy and pleasure—anhedonia—has, in its way, become a popular issue in the wake of the disease depression. A quarter of us are affected by it over the course of a lifetime, various studies suggest, and its frequency is increasing in the industrialized world. The treatment of depression has become both a window display and a battleground for deep brain stimulation. …[Read More]