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Impossible Dreams: Cézanne and Frenhofer

David Galenson | Posted 05.16.2015 | Home
David Galenson

Paul Cézanne famously declared "I seek in painting." He spoke of his art in almost spiritual terms, as a quest to reach the distant goal he referred to as "realization."

Rome Journal: Saint Teresa, on Ecstasy

Francis Levy | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home
Francis Levy

One of the great Bernini sculptures "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa" appears in S. Maria Della Vittoria on the Via XX Septembre.

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Home
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.

Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.01.2014 | Home

Alas, there are but 24 hours in a day. And when you have a seemingly insurmountable load of work, it can be a quite a challenge to even know where...

Henry James on Late Bloomers

David Galenson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Home
David Galenson

Psychologists believe that creativity is only for the young. They are wrong. They don't understand experimental creativity. They might take a lesson from Henry James, who did.

The Ten Thousand Hours It Takes to Become Well-Dressed

Christian Chensvold | Posted 02.07.2013 | Home
Christian Chensvold

Certain men may be born with the kind of physique and charisma for which great clothes make the perfect pedestal. But they still have to practice dressing. They have to develop the faculty for what looks good on them.

When Literary Characters Aren't Stereotypical

Dave Astor | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Who are your favorite non-stereotypical literary characters?

Karl Rove's "Real Americans"

José Rodríguez-Suárez | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
José Rodríguez-Suárez

The positions that candidates take on Puerto Rico issues will influence the increasingly important group of voters of Puerto Rico origin in the U.S. However, candidates may not have realized that what they say about Puerto Rico can also have a significant impact on Hispanic voters in general.

The Geography of Good Coffee in New York

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Henry

I first got to know certain New York streets and neighborhoods from my espresso-scouting missions. A mental map started to emerge, illuminated as if by a caffeinated glow in each of these spots.

The Susan Boyle Story And Why We Love Rags-To-Riches Authors

The Millions | Tat Jana Soli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It has come to my attention that a favorite interview question for authors, especially debut authors, is what you did before you were a published. The...

Suketu Mehta: Bombay's Biographer

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Suketu Mehta's masterwork, Maximum City, did for Bombay what the immortals Dickens and Balzac did for London and Paris.

TIFF Takeaway: America the Unbeautiful

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Erica Abeel

In past film fests, we could usually thank foreigners for savaging the U.S. But this time around, it's mostly American filmmakers whose spot-on critiques of the zeitgeist double as razor-sharp entertainment.