The path of bliss: 11 epic quotes from Joseph Campbell

The great mythologist reminds us that our bliss is part of our suffering.

  • The famous academic will forever be known for his message to "follow your bliss".
  • George Lucas admitted that Star Wars was heavily influenced by Campbell.
  • The Power of Myth remains one of the most popular public television series of all time.
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This amazing map of Lake Michigan was made entirely by typewriter

As this typewritten map shows, constraints can be freeing.

Major Rivers Draining into Lake Michigan, by Daniel P. Huffman
  • An old Royal Safari II typewriter was used to make this effective and attractive map.
  • Although they're relatively easy to make, typewriter maps are rare.
  • The mapmaker has received numerous commissions; will typewritten maps be the cartographic hype of 2019?
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James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts

The best-selling author tells us his methods.

  • James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today.
  • He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long.
  • James' latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now.
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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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Stephen King says writers should stop using this one "very tired" word

The 71-year-old author suggests replacing the adjective "amazing" with something more "pungent & specific".

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  • In a tweet published Sunday night, Stephen King asked writers to stop using the word "amazing".
  • Many users agreed, also suggesting that similarly overused adjectives like "awesome" be retired.
  • In his 2000 bestselling book "On Writing: A Memoir to the Craft", King offered similar advice on overusing adverbs.
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