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Happy Birthday, Gabriel García Márquez: The Beloved Author’s Unlikely Beginnings as a Writer

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If you’re going to be a writer you have to be one of the great ones... After all, there are better ways to starve to death."

Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti on Our Fear of Being Touched, the Four Attributes of Crowds, and the Paradox of Why We Join Them

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Direction is essential for the continuing existence of the crowd... A crowd exists so long as it has an unattained goal."

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School: A Charming Catalog of Excuses and an Allegory for How Human Imagination Works

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A playful parable about the stories we tell to avoid being wrong and the combinatorial nature of human creativity.

Kafka’s Remarkable Letter to His Abusive and Narcissistic Father

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun sometimes shines and one can warm oneself a little."

Annie Dillard on the Two Ways of Looking and the Secret of Seeing

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam."

Roald Dahl on How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I doubt I would have written a line... unless some minor tragedy had sort of twisted my mind out of the normal rut."

Special Delivery: A Sweet Children’s Book Starring a Heroine Partway Between Eloise and Amelia Earhart

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A mischievous reminder that nothing is insurmountable in the conveyance of a loving gesture.

Working Days: John Steinbeck, the Art of Discipline, and the Diary as a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does."

Despair, Determination, and the Faith in the Soul: Young James Joyce’s Magnificent Letter to Lady Gregory

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light."

26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I would like to tell you every thing that happened to me since the last time we saw each other, but most of them are sad and you mustn’t know sad things now."

The Unity of Dread and Bliss: Rilke on How Our Fear of the Unexplainable Robs Us of Joy

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Fear of the unexplainable has not only impoverished our inner lives, but also diminished relations between people."

The Well of Being: An Extraordinary Children’s Book for Grownups about the Art of Living with Openhearted Immediacy

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

A lyrical invitation to awaken from the trance of the limiting stories we tell ourselves and just live.

E.B. White on the Truth About Writing for Children and the Writer’s Responsibility to All Audiences

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Anybody who shifts gears when he writes for children is likely to wind up stripping his gears... Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down."

Virginia Woolf on Writing and Self-Doubt

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Consolation for those moments when you can't tell whether you're "the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world."

What Comes After Religion: The Search for Meaning in Secular Life

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We need reminders to be good, places to reawaken awe, something to reawaken our kinder, less selfish impulses..."

Mozart on Creativity and the Ideation Process

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It is quite natural that people who really have something particular about them should be different from each other on the outside as well as on the inside."

Joan Didion on Hollywood’s Diversity Problem: A Masterpiece from 1968 That Could Have Been Written Today

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The public life of liberal Hollywood comprises a kind of dictatorship of good intentions, a social contract in which actual and irreconcilable disagreement is as taboo as failure or bad teeth."

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