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Maria Popova
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A short and lovely poem from Kurt Vonnegut
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
Oliver Sacks on memory, plagiarism, and the necessary forgettings of creativity
Oh hey! @wendymac's impossibly wonderful Lost Cat came out a year ago today – here's a look back at the awesomeness
"A wise person is made, not born." Pioneering psychologist Barry Schwartz on the gray areas of moral wisdom
The Seven Lady Godivas – Dr. Seuss's little-known, body-positive "adult" book of nudes
For a bittersweet smile: Rudy's Library
Illustrated anatomy of a crazy cat lady
"Good people are not those who lack flaws [but those who] choose to do something about it."
Visions of the Jinn – a gorgeous visual history of Arabian Nights, some of the greatest storytelling of all time
So wonderful: A photographic love letter to public libraries, sanctuaries of democracy
If you read one thing today, make it this: The Hidden Brain—how ocean currents explain our unconscious social biases
“We know so much all the time and we have come to depend so heavily on that access to knowledge…"
Mysterious street photographer Vivian Maier's remarkable self-portraits
“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory [but] give us the model of self-transcendence.”
Is code the most important language in the world?
The Art of Ofey – Richard Feynman's little-known sketches and drawings, collected by his daughter, his first subject
Meet Edward Gorey's coats—superb @andevers piece Trace to this semi-autobiographical Goreyana
Happy birthday, Charles Baudelaire! Celebrate with this Literary Jukebox pairing
Ugh. The state of "media" today (also wondering if this is the latest @BuzzFeed sponsored content cc @sullydish)
Such a beautiful read: Herman Hesse on what trees teach us about belonging and life
"How to pursue the art of living has become the great quandary of our age…"
The origin of jaywalking – a 1924 prediction that the traffic problems of the future are erratic pedestrians
10 timeless tips on writing from David Ogilvy