iOS app Android app

William Blake

Copycat Culture: Adapting to a World of Adaptations

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

When it comes to fiction -- which today includes television, movies, video games, and other narrative media -- copying someone else's ideas is nothing new.

The Woman Who Decided to Save the History of the Human Soul

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Mary Conover Mellon was only 33 when she first heard a speech by Dr. Carl Jung, a pioneer in psychology and one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

On William Blake's 'Newton'

Mario Livio | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

Scientists are not blind to the beauty of the world. When I see an image such as the one taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that was dubbed "The Rose," I believe that I am as capable to appreciate its exquisitely complex elegance as any artist.

Daily Meditation: The Muses

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

How to Achieve Prophecy

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

According to Maimonides, there are 11 kinds of prophecy ranging from a simple type of Divine inspiration called "Ruach haKodesh" (the Holy Spirit) to the singular instance of the "face-to-face" communication that Moses experienced.

The Slow Travel Movement

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Slow travel is the deliberate deceleration of a journey so that the small looms large, the particle becomes profound, and the blood races with the adventure and discovery of the Amazon in every dewdrop, the Everest in every trail stone, the Redwoods in every swath of grass, and the galaxy within every snowflake.

500 Years Of Being Absolutely Obsessed With Witches

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts

Before vampires swooped into popular culture and satiated our appetite for sexualized supernatural characters, there was a time when witches, witchcra...

"Aren't You Ashamed?": William Bolcom's Angry Song on Senators' Defeat of Gun Safety Legislation

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

The opera librettist Mark Campbell emailed me on April 20 to spread the word about a new song, William Bolcom's "Aren't You Ashamed?" Bolcom wrote i...

The Best Animal Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

I've collected a few animal poems here that speak to the essence of an animal, but also illuminate the human condition. In order, they address our faith, doubt, passion and dread.

William Blake Inspires Modern Artist

Posted 10.03.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "In My View," edited by Simon Grant [Thames & Hudson, $40.00] in which French artist Annette Messager reflects on Wil...

Four Poems for Autumn

John Lundberg | Posted 11.23.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

Here are poems by William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, William Blake and Carl Sandburg that explore what the fall can teach us about our humanity.

Poems About (Skipping) School

John Lundberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

The end of summer in America brings with it two absolutes: 1) school is back in session, and 2) kids are already practicing their small deceptions to get out of it.

Playa Odyssey

Tamsin Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If one thinks about it, there is a heaven and hell inside each of us. Life most truly is (as Blake posits) a constant tug of logic and stability against unrestrained creative energy and chaos.

Finding Beauty in the South Bronx With Majora Carter

Lisa Levart | Posted 08.16.2012 | Arts
Lisa Levart

Surrounded by barbed wire, with windows spattered with gun shot holes, and rusty old signs declaring "No Guns Beyond this Point," it takes a pure visionary like Majora to see the possibility of transforming this vessel of pain and suffering into a green, sustainable, mixed income housing complex.

I'm Not That Innocent

Posted 07.16.2012 | Arts

Stux Gallery's summer exhibition addresses the contemporary understanding of innocence, existing entangled with today's technological and ideological ...

Confessions of a Young Contrarian

Peshwas Farik Saadon | Posted 06.26.2012 | Teen
Peshwas Farik Saadon

Maybe after this experience, I will appreciate blogs or grow even fiercer in my hatred of them. Until then this blog will deal with everything, and a little bit more.

The History Of Animals In Art, Literature And Music

Posted 02.16.2012 | Arts

The Morgan Library is exhibiting a collection of works illustrating how history's greatest artists, writers and musicians were inspired by animals. ...

Rebels And Messiahs: 10 Spiritual Ancestors For Occupy Wall Street

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We started to make a list of people throughout history who might be considered Occupy Wall Street's spiritual forefathers and mothers, but it got so long it felt like the album cover for Sgt. Pepper.

Here's Occupy Wall Street's "One Demand": Sanity

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The fact that the movement doesn't make demands of Wall Street -- or Washington, for that matter -- doesn't mean it doesn't have demands. It does, but they're not directed at Wall Street, or K Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue. They're directed at you.

Wages of Fear: Lockdowns and the IMF on Occupied Wall Street

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The #OccupyWallStreet demonstrators are expressing the frustrations of the majority, hoping to channel them into Arab Spring-style change. The work is urgent and the time is now.

Among School Children

Tamsin Smith | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home
Tamsin Smith

All the songs on this name-your-price collection represent a story-telling collaboration between The Great Unknown and America SCORES schoolchildren from five cities across the country.

Life Without Religion

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Joseph Smigelski

There is a great divide in this country where none should be. I'm talking about the perceived rift between science and religion. There's no real conflict, just one manufactured by manipulative ideologues.

The Reincarnating Humble-bee

Sebastian Siegel | Posted 08.08.2011 | Arts
Sebastian Siegel

Breath -- and he is inextricably rewoven into eternity, ideated as an aperture through which light shines. Upon a closer look he appears as a portal o...