Comment on Downtown Vancouver Library & Book Store Trip by Mr. J

Hi Lyle – excellent post! In addition to carrying on the TALONS collective noun – “gossip” – I can appreciate the benefit of experience in the life of a writer. The ability to share one’s experience as a story is something that may help us live peacefully with one another:

“Earlier this month, a research paper was published in the journal Science which put forward evidence that social skills are improved by the reading of fiction—and specifically the high-end stuff: the 19th-century Russians, the European modernists, the contemporary prestige names. The experiment, conducted by psychologists Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd, found that the subjects who read extracts from literary novels, and then immediately afterward took tests measuring empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence (looking at photos of people’s eyes and guessing what emotions they might be going through), performed significantly better on the tests than other subjects who read serious nonfiction or genre fiction. Their basic finding was that reading literary fiction, and literary fiction alone, temporarily enhances what’s known as Theory of Mind—the ability to imagine and understand the mental states of others.”

(From this Slate article: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2013/10/does_reading_fiction_make_you_a_more_empathic_better_person.html)

I’m also grateful for having Googled the word “sonder,” which I doubt I’ve heard before. From Urban Dictionary (to save future readers the trouble…. ooh, *sonder*):

“Briefly, the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”

Is it any wonder many authors (and plenty of other creative types) have chosen urban environments to make their homes? How do you think this type of experience differs from one where an author might seek out solitude to engage his or her creativity?

Thanks for a great reflection on the day (and a few of my pics)!

Mr. J

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Comment on Eminent Introduction: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama by talonsjaime

Hey Diane!

First off, thank you. But how do you know I wasn’t traumatized?
Maybe my whole life I have been hiding because I’m afraid to let people get close to me because I’m afraid to be hurt- yeah nope. 😀
It did take a while for me to understand what he said, honestly. I was confused for a long time, and it wasn’t until a few years later that I fully understood what had happened.
I’m glad to hear that you didn’t refer to Wikipedia. If you had, I would have had to call you the devil child. 😛
I hope that too. In some ways, I disagree that this generation is full of people that need evidence. In many ways, this generation is one that leaps to conclusions without evidence.
That is a beautiful quote. I love the kinda sorta rhyming action!
You don’t mind if I steal that, do you…? I will make sure to credit you! e.g. -anonymous/diane kim. 😀
Thanks for reading!

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Comment on Eminent Commences by Owen

This queen (or king) seems like an interesting figure- I have never heard of her before. Is there an explanation for this fact? Tell us more about what she did.
It would be more interesting as well to see how you have related this person to your own go…

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Comment on Eminent Person: Samuel L Jackson by Benjamin

Hey James,

Love the way that you explain who Jackson was, and other noteworthy things that he’s done in his life (like being a part of the civil rights movement). However, your post would be better if you added some pictures, and expanded on the reasons why you chose him. For instance, you stated that he has admirable ethics. Is this something that you are trying to achieve? Do you hold yourself to similar morals?

Other than that, this is a great intro.

-Benjamin

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Comment on Eminent Person – Jimmy Wong by talonslyleh

Hi Elle,
It is possible that you have Jimmy confused with someone else. He’s experienced only a moderate amount of fame online, and with so many internet artists out there, it can be easy to mistake one name for another artist.

I wanted to research deeper, but on his Wikipedia article his early life is only lightly covered at the college level, and he is pretty tight-lipped on his pre-YouTube days on videos.

I think part of the reason why I chose Jimmy over his brother or Bangalter, is because both have reached a very high level of fame. Freddy Wong has several million subscribers online, and is now directing movies and TV Shows. Bangalter is known the world over, and makes Gold and Platinum sales on most of their albums and singles. I think I chose Jimmy because when you watch a video featuring him, he seems like someone you can genuinely relate to, since he has not reached such a high level of fame, he takes time to personalize videos and respond to most, making him more eminent, to me, even if, in regards to recognition, he is less eminent.

—Lyle

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Comment on Eminent Person 2013- Introduction by Irina

Hi Eric,
You did a really great job with this post. I didn’t know much about Mohammad Ali at all, but now I certainly do know more after reading this. So good job with covering the points of his life which shaped him into the great influential person he was. I just have a small question for you, how did you come about to decide to do him for your eminent project this year?

-Irina

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