Posts Tagged: happiness

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Sound Takes: Schmilco

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For a band wreathed with as many indictments as laurels, as many charges of settling into post-avant-garde “dad-rock” as praise for their artistry, it’s no surprise that Wilco’s always been preoccupied with getting reborn.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Valuation Methods

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In some of my fantasies, I make a pitch for art or for truth, defend them like commodities.

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The Saturday Rumpus Review: Little Minnie at the Movies

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Being a teenager sucks. It’s not pretty or nice or sweet or kind.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Song in the Subjunctive

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Perhaps the city looked more poignantly lovely because I was conscious of its tragic history.

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Happiness is Overrated

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Critical theorist Mari Ruti writes about how humans may not be built for happiness: “If all of that isn’t enough to make you suspicious of the cultural injunction to be happy, consider this basic psychoanalytic insight: Human beings may not be designed for happy, balanced lives. The irony of happiness is that it’s precisely when […]

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Gratitude

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Even without a government shutdown, writers are not usually known to be a happy bunch. “Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy,” author Connie Willis once said. It is often necessary for writers to dwell in certain worlds and mindsets in order to get their message onto the page. Some might call it a […]

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Finding Quiet

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“So what to do? The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them; the information revolution came without an instruction manual. All the data in the world cannot teach us how to […]

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Who and What is Happy?

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Science and philosophy are the academic parents of the social sciences, which is interesting considering the current obsession with happiness. There’s always an updated study on what (or what doesn’t) make human beings happy, from the psychological/sociological perspective, always backed up with empirical evidence. Often this mass of data is broken down for mass consumption […]

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Books and Happiness

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A study published in this month’s Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests that bookish teens tend to be less depressed than those who immerse themselves in the trendy deluge of mainstream media. The act of reading requires creativity and mental engagement that may be harder for depressed people to handle, rather than mindlessly listening […]

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