The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez | Memoir | Biographile

I love both Kafka and Marquez. This Is a must read.

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The influence of Kafka, born 130 years ago this week (July 3, 1883) in Prague, is  great among twentieth-century writers from Albert Camus to Jorge Luis Borges — the term Kafkaesque has even entered the vernacular as a way to describe events so bizarre they seem surreal — but the transformation of his protagonist Gregor Samsa from alienated bureaucrat into a gigantic insect over the course of one morning seems to have had the most profound impact on the literary output of Gabriel García Márquez, who cites the story as inspiring his vocation.

via The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez | Memoir | Biographile.


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‘Dark Girls’: Documentary Sparks Colorism Debate

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Oprah premiered the documentary about skin color on her television channel, and viewers responded online.

Angela Drummond-Mathews‘s insight:

This is a must see documentary. It not only validated the experiences of millions of women, but it showed how the male response to these cultural biases affected the women’s experiences and worldview. It is not just that the women feel unwanted. The male perspective demonstrates that they are unwanted by many. Even when the men do want a dark girl, they want her for reasons less related to who they are than to what the men think darkness signifies in a woman. The film even touches on colorism in other cultures such as in Korea and several African nations.This is a fascinating look at a long ignored issue.


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Accidental Racism?

Paula Deen and Accidental Racism  

As Tavis Smiley just told Piers Morgan when discussing this issue, “change is inevitable, but growth is optional.” Deen has had enough time in and out of the public eye to have learned better, regardless of our shared disgraceful history.

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A Refreshing Thought: No One Knows

We spoke with designers who tweet every five minutes, and designers who work in the shadows until they have something to share. We heard from designers who made us laugh, and designers who made us think deeply. Many had shared goals, but none pursued those goals in the same way. They are all just people. Passionate people, confident and vulnerable, trying to figure out what to do next.

We often think that the people we see out there making great strides in the world have something the rest of us don’t. Most of them are learning as they go, just like the rest of us.

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Seven Traits of Great Innovators

99U describes seven traits of great innovators. 

Polaroid co-founder Edwin Land said, “The test of an invention is the power of [the] inventor to push it through in the face of staunch – not opposition, but indifference – in society.” Great ideas and inventions are often shunned or ignored before they are accepted. It makes sense then that inventors tend to be a hearty sort: they don’t mind failure, they don’t care what others think, and they’re willing to work really damn hard.


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It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing

It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing.

When I was a kid, I played the violin. I can’t say how good I was, but I always compared my playing to my teachers’ playing and to that of professionals like Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern. They made it look so effortless, and I was spending so much effort for so little result. No matter how well I did, in my mind, I always fell short. I had made one of the chief mistakes in thinking about success and failure. Not only had I been making unrealistic comparisons, I had discounted my own capacity for improvement. I wish someone had explained things to me a little differently. (Maybe someone tried, and I didn’t listen!)

Failure is not a reason to give up. It is a sign that you are moving forward. If you were not learning new things, you would have nothing to fail at doing. More than that, we learn more from our failures than from our successes. Each time we fail, we grow.

Every now and then, I pull out that old violin. My muscles are out of practice, and the sound I produce is terrible. But now, I can laugh about that. I  just put on some Perlman and Stern, crank up the speakers, and play along.

It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing. Click for an article that explains the importance of failure.

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Eight Books Worth Reading

Eight Books Worth Reading.

Check out this article on Eight books that everyone should read. How many have you read? What books would you add to this list?

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