Zen and the Art of Self-Satisfaction: Noah Berlatsky looks back at Julia Cameron's million-selling, vaguely fascist self-help book The Artist's Way. A review of The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shahar. Life coaches are the root of all evil: A review of Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich (and more and more and more and more). Not so fast: Sending and receiving at breakneck speed can make life queasy; a manifesto for slow communication. Profound people can see the miracle of each moment, good for them — what about us shallow people? A review of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson. After Generation X, Generation Zzz: If Douglas Coupland's peers seemed apathetic and self-involved, wait till you read his successors. From Fast Company, here's a millennial's guide to millennial guides. The Millennial Muddle: How stereotyping students became a thriving industry and a bundle of contradictions. A review of The Book of Cool: What is It? Who Decides It? And Why Do We Care So Much? by Marianne Taylor (and more). A review of Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes (and more and more and more). From Wired, a list of the 100 essential skills for geeks. Idol nerd: On the stage, it’s stereotyping that wins. Can you hear my T-shirt now? How one woman is trying to make T-shirts politically active again. Jeff Severns Guntzel on why simple living as a political act is wrong.