Keep Your Resolutions. A Paperless World. 30 Years After Prozac.

The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions

Humans are notoriously bad at resisting temptation, especially (as research confirms) if we’re busy, tired or stressed. By Jan. 8, some 25 percent of resolutions have fallen by the wayside.


A New Years Resolution to Reinvent Yourself as the Modern Man

Bespoke Post is a great way to complete your New Year’s Resolution, feel good and look sharp. Bespoke Post provides a monthly box of goods and guidance to help freshen up your daily lifestyle. A resolution you can keep while modernizing yourself.

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The Best of Brain Pickings 2017

The courage to be yourself, a Stoic’s antidote to anxiety, how friendship transforms us, in praise of solitude, and more.


Thousands of Major Sites Are Taking Silent Anti-Ad-Blocking Measures

A new study finds that nearly a third of the top 10,000 sites on the web are taking ad blocking countermeasures, many silent and highly sophisticated.


America, Can We Talk About Your Drinking?

More people are consuming alcohol in risky ways. That’s not a good trend.


30 Years After Prozac Arrived, We Still Buy the Lie That Chemical Imbalances Cause Depression

Prozac, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration 30 years ago today, on Dec. 29, 1987, marked the first in a wave of widely prescribed antidepressants that built on and capitalized off this theory.


‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’

Tyler Haire was locked up at 16. A Mississippi judge ordered that he undergo a mental exam. What happened next is a statewide scandal.


The Year of the Instant Pot

How a legion of fan evangelists turned the modest kitchen appliance into more than an Amazon marketing coup.


How Hotmail Changed Microsoft (and Email) Forever

Acquired December 1997, Hotmail was the gift that kept on giving—for good or ill.


American Reams: Why a 'Paperless World' Still Hasn't Happened

In a world seduced by screens, the future of paper might seem uncertain. But many in the industry remain optimistic – after all, you can’t blow your nose on an email.


The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books.


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