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URL :http://www.brainpickings.org/
Filed Under:Odd
Posts on Regator:2499
Posts / Week:14.2
Archived Since:July 13, 2011

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The Curse of Meh: Why Being Extraordinary Is Not a Matter of Being Universally Liked but of Being Polarizing

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"To be universally liked is to be relatively ignored." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Self-Scrutiny Applied with Kindness: Epictetus’s Enduring Wisdom on Happiness and How Philosophy Helps Us Answer the Soul’s Cry

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Spirited curiosity is an emblem of the flourishing life." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

The Sense of Style: Harvard Psycholinguist Steven Pinker on the Key to Great Writing

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Good writing can flip the way the world is perceived, like the silhouette in psychology textbooks which oscillates between a goblet and two faces." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

The Architecture of Bliss: Artist Anne Truitt on the Perfect Daily Routine and How Parenting Shapes Our Capacity for Savoring Solitude

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"It is heavenly to work until I am tired... [After dinner] I usually return to my solitude, happy to have been in good company, happy to leave it." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

What Books Do for the Human Soul: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Writers open our hearts and minds, and give us maps to our own selves." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Joni Mitchell on Therapy and the Creative Mind

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

The Virtuous Cycle of Gratitude and Mutual Appreciation: The Letters of Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"The beautiful exists only in such traces of dream-daring, which a work of art brings with it from its spiritual home." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

A Minimalist, Maximally Imaginative Geometric Allegory for the Essence of Friendship and Creativity

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

What a circle and a square can teach us about empathy, collaboration, and the origin of great ideas. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Some Thoughts on “Privilege”

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

To assume that one's voice and cultural contribution don’t count because one was born into "privilege" is as narrow and toxic as to deny one's voice because one was born into poverty. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

The Mystery of Personal Identity: What Makes You and Your Childhood Self the Same Person Despite a Lifetime of Change

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

Dissecting the philosophical conundrum of our "integrity of identity that persists over time, undergoing changes and yet still continuing to be." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Pen & Ink: The Unusual, Deeply Human Stories Behind People’s Tattoos, Illustrated

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

Stories that "speak of lives you'll never live and experiences you know precisely." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Marcus Aurelius on What His Father Taught Him About Humility, Honor, Kindness, and Integrity

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

What it takes to attain "the mark of a soul in readiness." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

What the Future of Robots Reveals About the Human Condition

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"I find it touchingly poetic to think that as our technology grows more advanced, we may grow more human." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Karl Marx’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

From the opium of the masses to the downfall of capitalism, by way of love, revolution, and twisted idealism. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

The Artist and the Anguish of the American Dream: Zadie Smith’s Love-Hate Letter to New York

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"The greatest thing about Manhattan is the worst thing about Manhattan: self-actualization." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

The Creative Experience: Legendary Choreographer Merce Cunningham on Motion as Metaphor

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"A good teacher keeps out of the way." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Joey and the Birthday Present: Wonderful Vintage Illustrations from Anne Sexton’s Little-Known 1971 Children’s Book

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

Two Pulitzer-winning poets tell a sweet story of friendship, compassion, and perspective. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s Three Rules of Writing and Four Elements of Style: Timeless Advice from 1914

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Literature is not an abstract Science, to which exact definitions can be applied. It is an Art rather, the success of which depends... on the author's skill to give as on ours to receive." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Joan Didion Answers the Proust Questionnaire

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"Misery is feeling estranged from people I love, Misery is also not working. The two seem to go together." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Heidegger in the Kitchen: What a Shrimp Can Teach Us About the Meaning of Life

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

How to break free from the chatter that muffles the essence of Being. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

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