Mr. Lực was kind enough to sketch me during a fall 2018 visit to his studio. (Cảm ơn đồng chí!) Phạm Lực, who lives in Hanoi, is one of my all-time favorite painters not just in Viet Nam but in any country and any period of history. He is a brilliant artist, an adjective I … Continue reading Phạm Lực: Painter Par Excellence
Below is a reprint from Brain Pickings, a website that describes itself as An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more. This particular essay is from the BP archives, what Maria Popova, its creator, refers to as "something worth resurfacing and resavoring as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit." I … Continue reading How Van Gogh Found His Purpose: Heartfelt Letters to His Brother on How Relationships Refine Us
Everyone I know who is happy is working well at something they consider important. Abraham Maslow I had the opportunity to speak to about 150 10th graders at one of the more selective high schools in Hanoi earlier this week. I chose to speak to them not about overseas study in general or study in … Continue reading What is Your Ikigai?