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Jorge Luis Borges on Collective Tragedy and Collective Joy

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"There was the emotion over what had occurred, and there was also the emotion of knowing that thousands of people, millions of people, maybe all the people in the world, were feeling great emotion over what was occurring."

What Poetry Does: Adrienne Rich on Poetry’s Political Power and Its Role in the Immigrant Experience

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire."

What Makes a Good Life: Revelatory Learnings from Harvard’s 75-Year Study of Human Happiness

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier."

A Fairy Tale of Infinity and Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama Illustrates Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Her skin was as soft and tender as a rose petal, and her eyes were as blue as the deep sea, but like all the others she had no feet. Her body ended in a fish tail."

Rock Climbing and the Meaning of Life: Vita Sackville-West’s Letters to Virginia Woolf on the Intimacy-Building Power of Travel and How Nature Reveals Us to Ourselves

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"I don't believe one ever knows people in their own surroundings; one only knows them away, divorced from all the little strings and cobwebs of habit."

Werner Herzog Recommends Five Books Every Aspiring Filmmaker Should Read

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From Virgil to JFK's assassination report, an eclectic fomenting of the cinematic imagination.

Baudelaire on the Political and Humanitarian Power of Art: An Open Letter to Those in Power and of Privilege

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Art is an infinitely precious possession, a refreshing and warming drink that restores the stomach and the mind to the natural balance of the ideal."

The Wolves of Currumpaw: A Sorrowful and Redemptive Illustrated True Story

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Each of our native wild creatures is in itself a precious heritage that we have no right to destroy or put beyond the reach of our children."

Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer: A Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Daughter

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light."

Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"What makes people good communicators is, in essence, an ability not to be fazed by the more problematic or offbeat aspects of their own characters."

Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayers

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be astounded."

Proust on Love and How Our Intellect Blinds Us to the Wisdom of the Heart

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Our intelligence, however lucid, cannot perceive the elements that compose it and remain unsuspected."

James Gleick on Our Anxiety About Time, the Origin of the Term “Type A,” and the Curious Psychology of Elevator Impatience

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We have reached the epoch of the nanosecond... That is our condition, a culmination of millennia of evolution in human societies, technologies, and habits of mind."

Wave: A Most Unusual Coloring Book by English Artist Shantell Martin, Inspired by Life in Japan

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

An illustrated ode to the art of affectionate surrender to the ebb and flow of existence.

Auden on Writing, Originality, Self-Criticism, and How to Be a Good Reader

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men."

Mental Health, Free Will, and Your Microbiome

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"We are legion, each and every one of us. Always a 'we' and never a 'me.’"

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