Three Essentials of Effective Writing

What is good writing? Elements of Style, hailed by many as one of the most important books on writing ever published, tries to answer this question. But does it succeed? I believe that the answer will vary depending on your stand in the most heated debate among wordsmiths – whether brevity and succinctness are the … Read more

Epictetus on Making Wise Decisions

“In every act observe the things which come first, and those which follow it; and so proceed to the act,” writes Epictetus in his famous manual Enchiridion. “If you do not, at first you will approach it with alacrity, without having thought of the things which will follow; but afterward, when certain base (ugly) things … Read more

Erich Fromm’s Four Pillars of Mental Health

Erich Fromm's Four Pillars of Mental Health

The renowned German psychologist and philosopher, Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980), explored a vast range of topics, from love to religion to happiness. Considered a pioneer of “radical-humanistic psychoanalysis,” he was a leading intellectual of the twentieth century. However, like many impactful figures, Fromm possessed both remarkable talents and significant blind spots. Throughout … Read more

The Magic of Handwriting: The Correa do Lago Collection

Writing is living! We, as writers, experience everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which reflects our life back to us and those who read our work. But with advancing technology, pen and paper — the most visceral means by which we leave track of our existence — slowly becomes obsolete. This … Read more