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Maria Popova
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On this last day of my twenties, I set out to apply the 6th of my 7 principles ( for a few days. Here’s to presence.
What you missed this week: C.S. Lewis on what free will really means, Jeanette Winterson on the power of art & more
This Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius and essential internet-age literacy
T.S. Eliot's hand-drawn manuscripts and illustrated Practical Cats cover
"Creative ideas probably occur as part of a potentially dangerous mental process.” Pause-giver:
What Muppets creator Jim Henson teaches us about bridging creative integrity and commercial success
Gorgeous sculptures made using plastic, salvaged wood, and a swarm of bees
Wonderful news: Finnish artist Tove Jansson, creator of the iconic Moomin series, will be gracing a new Euro coin
Edna St. Vincent Millay on the death penalty and what it really means to be an “anarchist”
Angelorum, the new @jamesapollo record, is simply sublime
Some thoughts on measuring “success”
C.S. Lewis on suffering and what it means to have free will in a universe of fixed laws
Jeanette Winterson on writing and how art creates a sanctified space for the human experience
Beautiful and moving children’s book about the lives of migrant workers #immigration
“There is no final, satisfying way to balance our need to be known with our need to be alone.” YES.
How a vintage children's book with art by Lynd Ward saved NYC's iconic Little Red Lighthouse
What you missed this week: C.S. Lewis on free will, a children's book that helps kids deal with loss, and more
Gaston Bachelard on dreams, love, solitude and happiness – a soul-expanding read
Astronomer Jill Tarter, who inspired Jodie Foster’s character in Contact,on playing the long game in science and life
Love Is Forever – wonderful children's book that helps kids deal with losing a loved one
Rethinking the placebo effect – how our minds actually affect our bodies
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s remarkable illustrated meditation on aging,illness and death