It’s Not Your Job to Be a Genius

By Jonathan Rogers

The first TED talk I remember ever watching was “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, in 2009. If you aren’t among the 19 million people (literally) who have watched this talk, or if you just want to relive the magic, here’s the link. There’s a lot of good stuff in that talk, but the thing that has most stuck with me these eleven years is Gilbert’s account of the way the word “genius” has changed through the centuries.

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An Apologetic for Storytelling

By Ben Palpant

I’ve always been a storyteller. My poor mother! I used to recount every life event in technicolor for her, even movies. She didn’t have to see the movies herself; her son had already reenacted them in their entirety. I think I told stories to know that I wasn’t alone. I wanted to see if the story made others feel the way that it made me feel. I wanted to see if it moved them and transformed them, too.

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The Resistance, Episode 25: Mindy Smith

By Matt Conner

The experience doesn’t matter. The expertise isn’t real.

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The Habit Podcast: Irwyn Ince

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. This week, Jonathan Rogers talks with Dr. Irwyn Ince, pastor and author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best.

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The Molehill Podcast: Feelings Like Water (feat. Helena Sorensen & Adam Whipple)

By The Rabbit Room

Wherein Adam Whipple reads his poems “The Knowing is in Silence” and “Swimming at Meads,” Helena Sorensen reads her piece Feelings Like Water, and Drew Miller shares the third Word of Befuddlement: obloot.

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Hutchmoot: Homebound Reading & Listening Collection

By The Rabbit Room

Chris Thiessen (Keeper of the Books, Rabbit Room Store Expert, and Encyclopedic Source of all Musical Knowledge) has compiled a reading list and a streaming playlist that together represent the speakers, subjects, and artists involved in Hutchmoot: Homebound. They are vast. We’ve also got some fun goodies to share from Growley Leather, so be sure to scroll to the bottom.

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Why You Really Ought to Learn about Mongolian Throat Singing

By Mark Meynell

Those ancient Greeks didn’t mince their words. If you weren’t Greek, you were lumped together, not with the lumpenproletariat as Marx & Engels had it, but with the rest of the world, the vast hordes of the ignorant and uncivilised unwashed. They had a single, lump-all word for the lot of them: hoi barbaroi (βάρβαροι). Its etymological roots are assumed to derive from the apparent gibberish uttered by ‘Johnny Foreigner’ (as a previous generation of Brits might have put it). “Bar-bar-bar-bar”—it’s all a bunch of codswallop. No wonder they’re all barbarians when they talk like that.

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The Song that was Sharper than Sting

By Bethany J. Melton

Samwise had climbed too many stairs with Shagrat drooling on his heels. He’d blasted through Cirith Ungol’s gates with Galadriel’s light. He’d searched every black corner for Frodo, and now, his master was a tower trapdoor out of reach.

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The Habit Podcast: Ross King

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. This week, Jonathan Rogers talks with Nashville singer/songwriter Ross King.

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The Molehill Podcast: This Is For All the Lonely Writers (feat. Jennifer Trafton & Chris Yokel)

By The Rabbit Room

Wherein Chris Yokel reads his poems “This Haunting” and “Another World,” Jennifer Trafton reads her piece This Is For All the Lonely Writers, we receive a brief serenade from Ron Block, and Drew Miller shares the second Word of Befuddlement: toom.

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Hutchmoot: Homebound Schedule of Events

By The Rabbit Room

Whether you’ve already bought your ticket and want to see all you have to look forward to, or you’re on the fence and want to know more before you commit, here is how we’ll be spending our weekend on October 9th-11th.

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Radiohead and the Virtue of Accessibility

By Chris Thiessen

I have quite a few friends who are more passionate and well-versed in the expansive, daunting world of board games than I. These are the people that have every expansion pack, every collector’s item, etc. (Some of you may be reading this right now). I am not one of those people. I grew up with chess, Monopoly, and Yahtzee, not knowing anything of the world beyond Parker Bros. Then, in college, I was introduced to Settlers of Catan.

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