Top Links to Warm Up a Monday Brain #7

The first FULL week of work after the December-January holidays is here, so chances are you’ll need a break to interrupt the pain. If you’re down with the idea of non-work reading, I’ve got some great links to share with you. So without further ado…

Africa Is Rising: Inside the Continent’s Great Economic Leap — Time to start paying attention to the economic boom taking place in Africa. This piece on The Daily Beast will begin to get you up to speed. My education about this intriguing continent comes in large part from Twitter links posted by my friend Munya. Check him out at @MunyaChiura.

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You LoveBrain Pickings is a website created by Maria Popova. The link here is one of the more recent postings and might be especially helpful if you have a 2013 resolution to make some life changes. According to the site’s “about” page, “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” In other words, put on your thinking cap and enjoy. You can also follow postings via Twitter at @brainpicker.

The Great Discontent — I’m sending you to an entire website. This visually stunning site has amazing profile photos to go with its in-depth interviews of creative types. Click on “archive” and prepare to spend a couple of hours exploring the minds of writers, designers, musicians, photographers and more. By the way, you’ll want to read the profile of Maria Popova (just mentioned her Brain Pickings website above). If you want a ping when new interviews are posted, follow @greatdiscontent.

In a fragmented world, go deep — Nilofer Merchant’s blog Yes & Know covers a plethora of subjects. In this piece, Merchant (author, speaker, corporate innovator, all-around smart thinker) writes about Twitter, fragmented content and the tendency to skim the surface of subjects rather than slowing down to listen and think. If you don’t feel guilty about your Twitter habits after reading what she has to say, add her to your feed at @nilofer.

Hallelujah! The rise and rise of Leonard Cohen’s once-forgotten classic — I’ve always been a Leonard Cohen fan and was downright giddy when I came across this BBC News Magazine piece about his song “Hallelujah.” If you aren’t familiar with Cohen’s music, you’ll recognize the song as the one recently sung on “The Voice” in honor of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims.

Leonard Cohen singing “Hallelujah”:

 

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