creative class

Global Scan

Just how far down can the US reputation fall?

The world continues to laugh at the expense of the US, as President Obama proposes some limits on US surveillance. Other world leaders have different problems, from flying shoes to picking logos, all in today's Global Scan.

Lifestyle & Belief

The 6 highly effective habits of the creative genius

Artists, writers, musicians — they are all in search of the elusive muse. Writer Mason Currey looked at the daily rituals of creative people throughout history to try and pinpoint what about their habits helped with the creative process. The Guardian's Oliver Burkeman recently tested some of these rituals on himself.