Eerie Paranormal Tales From Ireland

ARTICLE BY PAULI POISUO VIA LISTVERSE Ireland is famous for its vast mythology. From leprechauns and fairies to banshees and kelpies, the Emerald Isle has at least as many legends as it has real, recorded history. But not every Irish legend is fairy tale material. The country has plenty of paranormal myths and ghost stories…

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAINPICKINGS Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (public library) is among my10 favorite books on writing — a treasure trove of insight both practical and profound,…

Deadly Exorcisms

ARTICLE BY ROBERT GRIMMINCK VIA LISTVERSE The idea that people are possessed with demons or evil spirits is one the most widely held religious and spiritual beliefs in the history of the world. But because of advancements in science, demonic possession and exorcism are often thought of as archaic. The Vatican released its guidelines for…

Neil Gaiman on The Truth of Fiction

ARTICLE VIA CRITICAL MARGINS In a recent article, novelist Neil Gaiman argues for literacy and libraries, but he also argues for fiction’s role in helping children understand the real world. Have we failed children by prescribing what they should or shouldn’t read in school? Neil Gaiman thinks so. In a recent lecture on reading, re-printed…