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Poet Sarah Kay on How We Measure Creative Success, Being a Working Artist in Today’s World, and the Only Antidote to Our Endemic Fear of Missing Out

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

...and a wonderful fable about the three different ways of relating to one's work, each essential for the whole of art.

Legendary Physicist Freeman Dyson on God, Unanswerable Questions, and Why Diversity Is the Ruling Law of the Universe

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Our universe is the most interesting of all possible universes, and our fate as human beings is to make it so."

The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Ever since we discovered that Earth is round... we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience."

Thoreau on the Difference Between an Artisan, an Artist, and a Genius

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The bird of paradise is obliged constantly to fly against the wind."

The Pancake King: A Cautionary Illustrated Parable About What Happens When a Labor of Love Becomes a Brand and How Success Can Hijack Life-Satisfaction

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A sweet, subversive tale about the tradeoffs between creativity and commerce and the treacherous way in which prestige can hijack our sense of purpose.

What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person."

Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How a real-life act of kindness with a touch of serendipity sparked one of the most beloved children's stories of all time.

Alan Turing’s Little-Known Contributions to Biology and His Mesmerizing Hand-Drawn Diagrams of Dappling Patterns

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

What the Fibonacci fascinations of daisies have to do with Kandinsky and mid-century graphic design.

The Gutsy Girl: A Modern Manifesto for Bravery, Perseverance, and Breaking the Tyranny of Perfection

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A former firefighter and lifelong adventurer's clarion call for the joy of adventure in a culture obsessed with risk-averse achievement.

Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness."

Arthur Rackham’s Rare and Revolutionary 1917 Illustrations for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Amid the thickest darkness of World War I, a luminous beacon of the magical inside the macabre.

The Science of Why February 29 Exists and Poet Jane Hirshfield’s Ode to the Leap Day

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"...the made calendar stumbling over the real as a drunk trips over a threshold too low to see."

Robert Lowell on What It’s Like to Be Bipolar

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"My disease, alas, gives one (during its seizures) a headless heart."

Havelock Ellis on the Function of Taboos, Their Vital Role in Community, and How They Bolster the Discipline of Compassion

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Life is livable because we know that wherever we go most of the people we meet... will allow us the same or nearly the same degree of freedom and privilege that they claim for themselves."

The Tragic Necessity of Human Life: Willa Cather on Relationships and How Our Formative Family Dynamics Imprint Us

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"In those simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day."

Anthony Burgess on the Magical Moment He Fell in Love with Music as a Little Boy

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There is, for everybody, a first time. A psychedelic moment... an instant of recognition of verbally inexpressible spiritual realities, a meaning for the term beauty."

Iris Murdoch on Causality, Chance, and How Love Gives Meaning to Human Existence

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Everything that is important and valuable and good belongs with the little piece of us which is not mechanical."

Walt Whitman on Donald Trump, How Literature Bolsters Democracy, and Why a Robust Society Is a Feminist Society

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin, is eligible within herself, not without... Always inform yourself; always do the best you can; always vote."

Artist Agnes Martin on Inspiration, Interruptions, Cultivating a Creative Atmosphere, and the Only Type of Person You Should Allow Into Your Studio

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The development of sensibility is the most important thing for children and adults alike, but is much more possible for children.... Adults are very busy, taught to run all the time. You cannot run and be very aware of your inspirations."

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