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Written by Lamont Carey and performed at HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. About Lamont Carey: A man that survived the gangs, prison and found that the only way to live and succeed is to know and tell the truth about oneself and the streets. He has written five other books, The Hill, The Wall, Dead Before …

by Maria Popova “To be nobody-but-yourself — ın a world whıch ıs doing ıts best, nıght and day, to make you everybody else — means to fıght the hardest battle whıch any human beıng can fıght.” “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” wrote the …

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. Voice: Dr Brené Brown Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) www.gobblynne.com …

by Ella Frances Sanders Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or, that there’s a Swedish word that means a traveller’s particular sense of anticipation before a trip? From the author of The Illustrated Book of Sayings and Eating the Sun, comes Lost in Translation: An Illustrated …

What is kinetic art? The simplest definition is, “art that depends on motion for its effect.” But that is really inadequate. Scientifically speaking, everything depends on motion for its effect, since everything is moving all the time, from the largest object to the smallest particle in the universe. So maybe a better definition for kinetic art would …

As İlkyaz, we work to introduce three young writers every month  We translate these works, which are be made up of a short stories or poems, into English and endeavour to introduce them to readers outside of Turkey. February’s works are now live and can be found below. We also aim for a PEN Centre …