When readers think about literary food fiction, the inevitable spectre of Proust and the infamous madeleine is often invoked, or as a male friend of mine, who rarely reads, immediately exclaims, “You mean, Like Water For Chocolate?” Literary food fiction though can be so much more than that — food has and can provide fictional frameworks that enable one to tell a larger-than-life story, and simultaneously introduce you to a whole different world. Here’s a sampling across genres for the food enthusiast.
Philosophy doesn’t have to be all Hegel and Frege, you know; like all disciplines, it might get finicky and complex for the layperson once you start scratching well below the crust, but above all else philosophy is about thinking deeply. And anyone can give that a shot, right? You gotta start someplace, and in with a discipline that ranges from economics and politics to the nature of reality and the ethics of extreme sports, there’s a lot to choose from. So forget that you haven’t read everything from Plato to Žižec, and expand your mind with the 10 best philosophy books for deep thinking newbies.
We know, we know, geeks are geeks, and jocks are jocks, and never the twain shall meet – hang on, though, that’s utter horse-manure. After all, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott’s a big fan of Harry Potter, and Owen Hargreaves, formerly of Manchester City, says he likes to kick back with a copy of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist. Not only that, but soccer – or plain old football if you’re of the British persuasion – is a literary phenomenon in its own right. Here are five of our favourite top-scoring texts:
The New Year gives us all an opportunity to live life in a new way. For example, many of us get stressed dealing with people. Luckily, there are tons of simple yet creative life tips, which show you how to handle life like a champ! To help you win in 2016, we’ve rounded up 16 psychological life hacks that are used by successful people everywhere.
A good quote can do a lot: give you an inspirational boost, soothe your soul, or provide some much-needed perspective. But the best quotes? They give you chills.
Now, we know the Internet has its fair share of over-posted quotes, which often become so over-used that they begin to lose their meaning. This is unfortunate, but luckily there are plenty more words of wisdom out there just waiting to become classics. That’s why we’ve selected 20 of our favorite goosebump-giving gems, that cover a wide range of the human experience and just might change your view on life.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks. These informational 17 minute presentations are given at annual conferences by some of the world’s greatest thinkers.
Their aim is simple: To inspire ideas and change attitudes around the world. As of April 2014, there were over 1,700 of these incredible talks available free online to choose from. Sadly, listening to them all would take 20 days solid. Happily, you don’t have to because we’ve picked the most life changing for you. Listen and learn and enjoy.
Often it’s not until somebody is gone forever you realize how much you love them. Yesterday we discovered how much we loved Robin Williams. Although we never met him, we grew up with him and we always knew that whenever he appeared on our screens he’d make us laugh or cry or think a little differently about the world.
But, it wasn’t just his comic genius that made us feel close to him. It was also the fact that beneath his zany exterior you always suspected there was a very special warm-hearted person lurking. And this person was acting the way he did because he really did want to make you feel happier. Well, it turns out there was a very special person and he was doing it all just to make us feel happier. These Robin Williams quotes on love, life and loss, help us remember just how special.
We might not all be world-renowned athletes like the people on this list, but that doesn’t mean their achievements can’t inspire us to strive for greatness. These words of wisdom can be applied to all aspects of our lives, whether it’s finishing our first marathon or simply getting through a rough day.
If you want some advice on how to win at life, you’ll find it in these 22 quotes from the people that do motivation best. Read on and start winning!
Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is arguably the greatest chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever written. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, was printed as a book in 1972. Unsurprisingly, this tale of a long weekend road trip has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
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