25 Famously Successful People Who Started Off Freelancing

From OnlineCollege.org:

We all love to hear the stories of the single mom who writes a book in her spare time and sells 10 million copies, or the kid who is discovered walking down the street who becomes an A-list Hollywood star. But for many now-successful people, their path to glory was not nearly as straight. They had to put in their time taking jobs here and there for small money and no recognition, perfecting their craft in the process and trying to keep their eyes on the prize. For all the freelancers out there, take heart in knowing these 25 sensations started out right where you are.

This, of course, assumes that one desires to be famous.

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Sin, Crime, God, and Related Matters

From The Browser, an interview with Paula Fredriksen and recommended books—the opening question:

Before we look at your five book choices, how would you define sin?

I think three elements recur in discussions about sin. The first is a human moral agent. The second is some sort of revealed standard of behaviour. And in the West, of course, the third component is God – “sin” would be the human violation of a divine command. But modernity isn’t antiquity. “God” is a concept that’s been out of focus in Western culture since Nietzsche, and in modern Western democracies legislation draws on traditions other than the Bible. The civil idea of “crime” is quite different from the religious idea of “sin”. And, of course, depending on your point of view, something can be a crime without being a sin, and a sin without being a crime.

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‘Breaking Bad’

I’ve been watching this fascinating television show on AMC since the beginning. It is now entering it’s fifth season and it’s life is likely soon to be over. An interview with it’s creator, Vince Gilligan is in Rolling Stone.

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On Civilization and its Discontents

From The Browser:

One of our myths is the idea of progress – that things always get better. But many human civilisations before ours have risen and then collapsed. We’re no different, says the co-founder of the Dark Mountain project
A fascinating look at a modern “doomsayer,” although the author denies the label.
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On the Future of News

From The Browser:

The editor of the Guardian talks to us about brave new frontiers for journalism, the hunt for a business model to pay for it all, and what he hopes (and fears)…about press regulation

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