From Unenumerated—the introductory paragraph:
Perhaps the most underrated invention in history is the humble hourglass. Invented in Europe during the late 13th or early 14th century, the sand glass complemented a nearly simultaneous invention, the mechanical clock. The mechanical clock with its bell was a centralized way of broadcasting the hours day and night; the sand glass was a portable way of measuring shorter periods of time. These clocks were made using very different and independent techniques, but their complementarity function led to their emergence at the same time and place in history, late medieval Europe.
An article from 1959 on creativity, found at MIT Technology Review.
From Prospect Magazine, “Are we free?“
From Boston Review—There is a good bit to absorb in this essay, much of it having to do with defining the terms. Perhaps the author’s main point is about “emotional intelligence.”
From Arts.Mic, an interesting read. For me, holding/reading a real book is a much nicer experience than reading off an electronic gadget.
From Vanity Fair, by Bret Easton Ellis:
In his books, he used to shoot at the materialistic excesses of his generation. But today, youth has become Bret Easton Ellis’ favorite target. According to him, young people are just too sensitive, too narcissistic, too stupid. But ultimately, as he explains in this exclusive text, he kind of feel sorry for them (and they love it !).
This article—Don’t Take Your Vitamins—suggests not.
From Time—Paglia never disappoints when making a point, surely to offend somebody.
UPDATE: See the comments on Instapundit’s post.
A good list, from Forensic Outreach—in no particular order (at the link).
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
—Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs