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Just Go Make What You Want To Make

In which I mean to just quote Wil Wheaton saying, "This is the best time in history to be a creative person" and end up spending a few hundred quick words on why it's sometimes hard for us to let go of our past in order to create what we want to create now.
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Why stories, not science, explain the world.

"There was an emptiness that physics couldn’t help me dispel. Stories could, though."
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Elizabeth Gilbert (‘Eat Pray Love’ author) gave a rather stellar talk on genius.

Sure, it's from way back in February 2009, but I just found it this week thanks to Twitter. The transcript:
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Meet Neil Hilborn, performer of that viral OCD poem.

Who is this guy? Where did that poem come from? And does he really even have OCD? (Yes. Yes he does.)
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How ESPN The Magazine’s Wright Thompson got his remarkable Johnny Manziel story.

I transcribed some highlights from ESPN The Magazine senior writer Wright Thompson's podcast with ESPN Mag editor-in-chief Chad Millman, who got Wright on the phone from Austin, Texas, where he's camped out on the Johnny Manziel beat. (If you somehow missed it, here's Wright's blockbuster Johnny Football profile.)
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ReadIt: Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic on Writing

This whole interview, which I found at Medium.com, is full of excellent stuff about writing. A few highlights: Your ass has to be in the chair to get any work done, so you should put your ass in the chair. [O]nce I have the story in hand, I don’t like to spend too long researching before I start...
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ReadIt: ‘The Veldt’ by Ray Bradbury (Fiction)

Published in 1950, “The Veldt” is Ray Bradbury‘s short story about the danger of integrating technology too far into human developmental psychology. To read click here.  (Via Longreads) 
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‘Defector from anti-gay church struggles with her past’

Riveting interview with Libby Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps, the pastor of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for picketing the funerals of American soldiers and other events with signs that say "God Hates Fags" and the like. The picture above is of Phelps in 2006. She's picketing a Billy Graham event. Highlights below. Full story here....
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Read It: ‘Minds Are The Strangest Thing’ by Giles Harvey in The New Yorker

Really fascinating read, this one. Give yourself a minute and make sure you’re properly dosed up on caffeine, because it’s heavy reading, but worthwhile. A few highlights below. (Bolded stuff was bolded by me, not The New Yorker.) To catch thought as it flies has long been an ambition of the high-end literary novel.  Nabokov...
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How To Be A Pulitzer Finalist, via Eli Saslow of The Washington Post and ESPN

Eli Saslow, a Washington Post staff writer and ESPN The Magazine contributor as well as the author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, was recently a Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing for his story about a struggling swimming pool salesman. Nieman Storyboard interviewed him for one of their latest Annotation Tuesday posts, which is...
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‘102 Hours in Pursuit of Marathon Suspects’ by the Boston Globe’s Staff

Thought this was a strong, strong piece of reporting by the Boston Globe — which did, really, a near-perfect job covering the Boston Marathon bombing on the whole — that traces the 102 hours officials spent hunting down and nabbing Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Chechens suspected of committing the crime. It reads quickly and...
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How Sports Illustrated Got The Jason Collins Coming Out Story

Click here to read a cool behind-the-scenes look at how SI landed that groundbreaking Jason Collins cover story. Highlights:  At 9 a.m. last Friday the writer Franz Lidz drove to the Los Angeles home of Jason Collins with a completed draft of a story on which the two had collaborated two days earlier. When he...
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Read It: Patrick Hruby’s Story About Medical Marijuana In Sports

Thought this was a solid report by Patrick Hruby for SportsOnEarth about the benefits that medical marijuana could have for athletes:  Guys popped pills, Vicodin and Oxycontin, serious stuff, at first a few and then a few more. Guys took injections, Marcaine and Toradol, potent liquid lifelines that wouldn’t be out of place in a...
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Read It: ‘Allen Iverson, NBA Icon, Struggles With Life After Basketball’ by Kent Babb

Kent Babb at the Washington Post wrote a good story about Allen Iverson:  Three years after Iverson’s last NBA game, the spotlight has shifted from his play to his flaws. His refusal back then to play by society’s rules was seen as an independent player’s quirks, part of the character and the brand, same as his cornrows...
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Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com With Near Perfect Piece On Ray Lewis

Really impressed with pretty much everything about this story about Ray Lewis by Liz Merrill of ESPN.com. There’s been a ton written about Lewis lately and there’s going to be more, as much because of how passionate and dominant he is at the game as for his possible involvement in two murders in Atlanta in...
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The Greatest Bowling Documentary Ever

Hey you guys, remember back when I posted D Magazine’s Michael Mooney’s story about Bill Fong—The Greatest Bowling Story Ever. Quick refresh: Bill Fong came within one pin of bowling a perfect 900—three straight perfect games—when he had a stroke. Well, now an ambitious guy named Joey Daoud is working on a documentary about Fong’s...
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Read It: ‘Your Sixth Sense’ from Psychology Today

“There’s nothing the mind likes better than a good story.”— “Your Sixth Sense,” Psychology Today Shoutout to Byliner. Took a lot away from this one. I read a lot about psychology and the human mind and things like that, anyway, but this one consolidated a lot of important info into a single article. The biggest point...
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Read It: The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever

Michael Mooney over at D Magazine with a great story about how a man came a final, single pin from bowling a perfect 900.  Full story: Here. Highlights: Below.
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