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The Creative Benefits of Walking

From an early age Rousseau developed a passion for walking; finding delight especially from the journeys guided by chance: peripatetic randomness, or what he calls, “the pleasures of going one knows not where.” Such walks allowed his mind to wander as he penned in his Reveries of the Solitary Walker, where we are introduced to 10 ‘walks’ from Rousseau’s autobiographical musings toward the end of his life. Through his walks, Rousseau delved deep into self-reflection and self-analysis, rejoicing in his freedom to “converse with [his] soul.” “There is something about walking that animates and activates my ideas; I can hardly think when I am still; my body must move if mind is to do the same,” wrote Rousseau. Fast forward to 2014 where French Philosopher Frederic Gros released his book A Philosophy of Walking and he also speaks of the mind-freeing quality of walking. “A long walk,” writes Gros, “allows us to commune with the sublime,” he penned. He notes the flaneur, coming from French meaning to stroll or to lounge, the casual saunter, roaming the many pathways of a city, observing, musing, …

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

On this day, July 2, 1961, in Ketchum, Idaho, USA, the sound of a single gunshot echoed in the Hemingway home: Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel and Pulitzer prize winner had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun. The gun was found next to a robe-clad Hemingway, and Mary had to be sedated from her distress. It was a great loss to the Hemingway family, and a great loss to the literary world. It seems as though anything I would write in this anniversary post would seem somewhat clichéd and overdone. So instead, I’ve compiled some photos taken throughout Hemingway’s life to celebrate the unique individual that he was. Whenever I read his work, I am always imbued with a greater sense of meaning which facilitates coping with existential threat. Hemingway’s work is like an existential bandaid, if you will…I guess that just means his books make me happy. Photo Credit: JFK Library Hemingway Collection

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Things To Do in Paris (on Your First Visit)

Climbing atop La Tour Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe are necessities. Entering and leaving Paris without doing this would be a travesty. It is but a natural movement to make when in Paris. The lines here at these monuments are always long, but never take as much time as you would think. So don’t leave thinking you can come back at a better time. Make your way up top where you will have one of the greatest views of Paris’s iconic city layout, and when you reach the summit of the Eiffel Tower, indulge in a little bit of champagne. And don’t forget Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. In fact, Montmartre itself is a unique little portion of Paris. It’s old town aesthetic, rustic pastel buildings and cobblestone pathways make it an essential place of interest. Where to go La Tour Eiffel, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 L’Arc De Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Sacre Coeur, 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 While the Louvre is home to some of the world’s most …

Failures of the Greats: Why You’re Doing Better than You Think (Plus 17 Writing Tips from Some Greats)

Before having This Side of Paradise published, Francis Scott Fitzgerald claimed he had received one hundred and twenty-two rejection letters. He then spent two months rewriting The Romantic Egoist, retitling it to This Side of Paradise and sent it to his publishers. Within two weeks he received a special delivery form the editor, reading:

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Midnight Collection

Oftentimes I somehow mentally transport myself into 1920s Paris. The beaded flapper dresses, the Charleston, bouteilles des vins rouges, Scott Fitzgerald and dimly lit brasseries — these are all things and aesthetics that I would like to have experienced. Obviously, it shall never be. However when Midnight in Paris came out it replenished my 20s era deficiency. (and also acquainted me with another understanding of why artists create: to help find an antidote to the emptiness of existence. These words were uttered by the Gertrude Stein character, addressing the real Stein’s views of what she called the Lost Generation.) I found it to be a great script, and these are some of the quotes that I thought were wonderful: quotes from Midnight In Paris by Woody Allen.   “Nostalgia is denial. Denial of the painful present.” — Paul “You have a glazed look in your eye. Stunned, stupefied, anesthetized, lobotomized” — Zelda Fitzgerald “No subject is terrible if the story is true. If the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” — Ernest Hemingway [regarding Gil’s book] “If it’s …