Lawyers. Accountants. Radiologists. Software engineers. That’s what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. That’s the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.
Beatrice Woods’ life was extraordinary in every way, from earliest childhood, when her dominating Victorian mother realized she “wasn’t like the rest of them,” to her productive life in old age in California’s Ojai Valley, where she lived and worked until her death in 1998 at the age of 105. Rebellious, radical and romantic, Wood was determined to be an artist. She fled to Paris for several bohemian seasons as a painter and actress, then returned to New York where she fell into the loving clutches of two French men: Henri-Pierre Roche, the author of Jules and Jim, and Marcel Duchamp, the iconoclastic Dadaist. Her promising youth was followed by a disastrous marriage, financial woes and a debilitating physical affliction; but in 1933 at the age of forty, she discovered the passion that would change…
A follow up to Pico Iyer’s essay “The Joy of Quiet,” The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.
You Are a Dream is a book for creatives asking: “How do you make your dreams come true?” In order to find a meaningful answer, You Are a Dream challenges you to go beyond your comfort zone by bringing full awareness to your creative work and your life. Designed as a mini-workshop, and packed with exercises, this book is an introduction to the Creative Dreaming Method, a complete system for boosting creative thinking and strategic action. If you’re ready for big changes in and out, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.