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Book Review: “Catching the Big Fish” by David Lynch

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If you’re looking for an easy yet eye-opening read, this book is great. It’s a collection of very short essays on Transcendental Meditation, creative inspiration and anecdotes from critically acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet).

“Negativity is like darkness. So what is darkness? You look at darkness, and you see that it’s really nothing: It’s the absence of something. You turn on the light, and darkness goes.” – David Lynch

Even if you’re not familiar with his work (or if you are familiar with it but don’t love it), the book offers great insight into one of the most creative people alive today. Few could argue that Lynch wouldn’t be invited to a seat at that table. His contemporaries certainly agree–some of his admirers include Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), The Coen Brothers (Fargo), Alexander Payne (Sideways, Nebraska), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and JJ Abrams (LOST, Star Trek), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento), and Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas).

Lynch has long been a proponent of Transcendental Meditation, and although I’ve never tried it, he makes a compelling yet not in-your-face argument to give it a try. Of course, practicers of “true” TM will tell you that you must go to a certified TM instructor, but thanks to the internet, you can easily research how to properly meditate at home, reaping all the benefits without the price tag and the hassle of going out.

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You can’t deny the facts that meditation greatly enhances your body’s natural functions, increases circulation and mental clarity, and decreases stress. It seems win-win and it’s no wonder it helps in getting the creative juices flowing. So next time you’re suffering from writer’s block, a creative cramp, stress… whatever it is… give meditation a try. Many of the world’s foremost creatives, thinkers and over-achievers swear by it. You’d be in good company.

Check out the book on Amazon here:

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New J.K. Rowling Stories Include Past History of Magic in America and Harry Potter’s Future

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J.K. Rowling clearly isn’t using her $1B net worth to retire, or even slow down. The best-selling author of the Harry Potter series of novels has begun to release a series of short stories on her website Pottermore, to fill in details about the magical world in North America (and other magic hubs/schools we’ve not yet been introduced to). The stories make use of the mythical elements of Native American legend and the tragically real witch trials that took place in the early colonies. They also establish the existence of a “Magical Congress of the United States of America”.

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The release is part of a build-up to the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–the film adaptation of the book, which was a textbook given to the students of Hogwarts. Rowling actually wrote and published the “textbook” (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) as an accompanying work in 2001. It was never intended to be developed into a film trilogy, but Warner Brothers approached her about it and she agreed to write a screenplay. It will be set 70 years before the events in the main Harry Potter series.

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Here is the wonderfully animated “trailer” for the short stories about the history of magic in North America:

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Rowling has said in the past that a “Harry Potter #8” book would probably never happen – but the sequel stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to debut in London this summer (which takes place 19 years after the events of the final book and stars Harry, Ron, Hermione and Harry’s son Albus) and it’s been given the official distinction of “The Eighth Story”.

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Rowling is clearly busier than ever in keeping the Potter Universe alive and expanding, which is making Potter fans extremely happy. Way to go, Jo!

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Are you looking forward to the upcoming Harry Potter stories/films/plays? Would you prefer Rowling publish another Harry Potter novel, or do you like the array of mediums she’s been using instead? Tell us in the comments!

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A Year of Books

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Mark Zuckerberg had a busy year last year. On top of all his usual responsibilities, the Facebook founder and CEO became a father, read 23 books and lunched a Facebook community called “A Year of Books”, where he posted a new book (that he was currently reading) every two weeks. He encouraged others to read along and share their thoughts and comments.

Throughout the year he read and featured these 23 books:

#1 The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

by Moisés Naím

#2 The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

#3 Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh

#4 On Immunity: An Inoculation

by Eula Biss

#5 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull

#6 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

by Thomas Kuhn

#7 Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge

by Michael Chwe

#8 Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower

by Hank Paulson

#9 Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest

by Peter W. Huber

#10 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

#11 Muqaddimah

by Ibn Khaldun

#12 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Harari

#13 The Player of Games

by Iain Banks

#14 Energy: A Beginners Guide

by Vaclav Smil

#15 Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

by Matt Ridley

#16 The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

by William James

#17 Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford

#18 Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson

#19 The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

#20 The Three-Body Problem

by Liu Cixin

#21 The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

#22 World Order

by Henry Kissinger

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#23 The Beginning of Infinity

by David Deutsch

Zuckerberg came up with the idea as part of his New Years Resolution for 2015, and in the first post he announced that the purpose of the community would be to “emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”

The Facebook page also featured many live discussions and Q&As with the authors of the aforementioned books, such as Jon Gertner, author of The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation; and Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, and many others.

Click here to visit the Facebook page for A Year of Books.

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Latest News in Writing – Nov. 2015 Edition

We’re going to be starting a new post series called ‘Latest News In Writing‘ where we highlight some of the most interesting current writing-related news content that we personally curate. Without further ado — here is the first edition!

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The last film installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy of books released this weekend to a $101m box office, which was apparently a “disappointment”. Forbes wrote an interesting assessment of why, essentially concluding that the series of films (and books) lost hoards of fans after the glitz, glamour and violence of the characters competing in the Hunger Games ended and the real, gritty, slow war with the Capital began — “What if much of the appeal of this politically angry and unconventionally cynical fantasy franchise was merely embraced as a crowd-pleasing example of the things it most detested?” Alanis Morisette would be pleased.

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An Unpublished Charlotte Brontë poem has been discovered and is being sold for $300,000 to The Brontë Society. “The poem was found along with a sliver of prose, folded into a book that belonged to the author’s mother, Maria. The book had been on a boat carrying her belongings that was shipwrecked off the coast of Devonshire, England, in the early 1800s. It was one of the few artifacts belonging to Maria Brontë that survived.”

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J.K. Row–Ahem– Robert Galbraith released a new novel on Oct 20, the third in a mystery/crime novel series, called “Career of Evil”. J.K. Rowling is finally doing interviews to promote the books, since the whole world is well aware of her pseudonym (and we have been for a while now).

 

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Three YouTube stars are now bestselling authors. Yes, you read that correctly. YouTuber “PewDiePie” has over 40 million subscribers (regular viewers) to his channel. That’s more than most print magazines, and most TV shows. Every video that he puts out immediately has about a million views.  YouTuber Shane Dawson has only 5 million subscribers, but that was enough to land him a bestselling book.

 

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Shonda Rhimes is awesome. Yes, this is news. As if creating 3 critically acclaimed (and wildly popular) TV shows while raising 3 children as a single mom wasn’t enough, she said yes to everything for a year and then somehow found time to write a book about it.

 

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