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Archived Since:July 13, 2011

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Susan Sontag on Selfies, Selfhood, and How the Camera Helps Us Navigate Complexity

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There is a dialectical exchange between simplicity and complexity, like the one between self-revelation and self-concealment."

Patti Smith Reads Her Beautiful Letter to Robert Mapplethorpe About How He Taught Her What It Means to Be an Artist

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"You drew me from the darkest period of my young life, sharing with me the sacred mystery of what it is to be an artist."

The Savage and the Scholar: Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska on the Role of the Artist in Humanizing Our History

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The poet, regardless of education, age, sex, and tastes, remains in his heart of hearts the spiritual heir of primitive humanity."

The Art of Living: The Great Humanistic Philosopher Erich Fromm on Having vs. Being and How to Set Ourselves Free from the Chains of Our Culture

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The full humanization of man requires the breakthrough from the possession-centered to the activity-centered orientation, from selfishness and egotism to solidarity and altruism."

Happy 75th Birthday, Billy Collins: The Beloved Poet Reads His Homage to Aristotle

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A wonderful ode to how the great Greek philosopher shaped the paradigm of storytelling.

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"To perform gender identity and gender struggles is to perform the institutional and cultural core dilemmas and ambivalence of modernity."

Junot Díaz on the Complexities Beneath the Blanket Term “Race,” Our Limiting Mythologies of Success, Why Dictatorships Are Like Reddit, and How Artists Survive

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I don't think we can safely say just because someone has some sort of visible markers of success that in any way they have avoided any of the dysfunctions... We don't know anything about anybody."

Steinbeck and the Difficult Art of the Friend Breakup

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I can’t consider you a friend when out of every contact there comes some intentionally wounding thing."

The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten: A Trailblazing Exploration of Consciousness, Memory, and How Our Sense of Self Arises

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"This is the very essence of memory: its self-referential base, its self-consciousness, ever evolving and ever changing, intrinsically dynamic and subjective."

Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It's also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both."

Great Writers on the Power of Music

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

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