Link Bank: May 2016

Great reads on creativity, media, and more that I’ve compiled for this month:

Secrets of the Creative Brain – The Atlantic

“I have spent much of my career focusing on the neuroscience of mental illness, but in recent decades I’ve also focused on what we might call the science of genius, trying to discern what combination of elements tends to produce particularly creative brains. What, in short, is the essence of creativity?”

When Storytime Blows Kids Minds: The Power of the Plot Twist – NPR

“”I, am your father!” I stopped, and drew my breath, elated. I had said the words. I was overcome, like the Sith Lord, by what I could do. I, his mother, was the first one to expose what may be the greatest plot twist since Mr. Rochester’s wife turned up screaming in the attic. I was drunk with power, and my entire history as a sentient consumer of story flew through my head. It felt so good, I contemplated spoiling every other thing I knew.”

Who Are All Those Newborn Extras? – The A.V. Club

“There’s a small army of tiny, barely sentient extras. Whose babies are they? Where do studios find them? What’s that weird fake placental goo made out of?”

The Point of Stories – Sweet Talk

“We tell stories to supplement for experience, so that we can be prepared for things that haven’t happened to us personally but can be imagined to happen.”

On Raising Backyard Chickens – Broad Street Review

“Chickens, alive or oven-roasted, weren’t much a part of my childhood. My father — still haunted by the memory of Friday night dinners in Brooklyn, boiled chicken congealing on the plate while he refused to eat and his mother scolded — banned chicken in any form from our family table.”

Betty and Veronica #2 Covers Revealed – The Mary Sue

“They seem more representative of actual teenage girls than a caricature of them, which I really appreciate.”

 

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