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Maria Popova
“Love [is] the highest and indeed the only law of life, as every man knows and feels in the depths of his heart. “ j.mp/1tkLNwp
Dactylion: an anatomical landmark at the tip of the middle finger. Unusual words, illustrated j.mp/1nefsl9 pic.twitter.com/s5OETaxDRl
Happy 85th birthday, Winnie the Pooh! A rare recording of A.A. Milne reading from his classic j.mp/1s1K0tw pic.twitter.com/NkKl8A7CKx
Maurice Sendak’s rare, wildly sensual illustrations for Melville’s greatest commercial failure j.mp/1tnt6HJ pic.twitter.com/JcLgq00u0u
Why We Hurt Each Other – Tolstoy’s letters to Gandhi on love, violence, and the human spirit j.mp/1pgnzCB pic.twitter.com/E4p5QEXaKl
"An explanation is where the mind comes to rest.” Literary Jukebox: Michael Lewis + The Who j.mp/1ncj1bC #LitJuke
One of history’s greatest children’s illustrators tackles one of history’s darkest episodes j.mp/1uYDt7U pic.twitter.com/PSY13KqzzS
Folger Shakespeare Library puts 80,000 images of literary art online, free to use j.mp/1tnpw0g
Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Quentin Blake, and other beloved illustrators give children advice on becoming an artist j.mp/1nbTIGt
Breathtaking 270-image composite of an erupting volcano in Indonesia with star trails as a backdrop j.mp/1uYwbkx
What children’s drawings at age 4 reveal about their future thinking skills j.mp/1s1182y
"Certain organisms may be useful therapeutic adjuncts in stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression." j.mp/1tiSSh5
What a wonderful idea! A children's book celebrating diversity, friendship, acceptance, and the immigrant experience j.mp/XBqrQb
The "unaddressed business of filling our souls" – mood science and the evolutionary origins of depression j.mp/1pfTUth
If you read one thing today, make it James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society j.mp/1vj6k3Z
How the science of why the sky and the ocean are blue explains the psychology of our human desire – spectacular read: j.mp/1nbnT0y
“If we understood ourselves better, we would damage ourselves less.” THIS j.mp/1pfw1ln
My visualization of writers’ routines (j.mp/1pPhA7i)expanded on in @Podio interactive version j.mp/1pPhxZo HT ↬@bobulate
Venus with Biceps – a pictorial history of muscular women in 200 years of archival images j.mp/1AyGxb1 pic.twitter.com/xKhmDBMB63
For a moment of sheer cosmic and earthly awe – a 270-image composite of an erupting volcano with star trails behind j.mp/1tmrmOL
Holy Sagan, the amount of time we spend on email is extraordinary – a heart-stopping infographic: j.mp/1naRPdc
For regular revisiting and frequent application: Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness j.mp/1rZNTPr
“If we understood ourselves better, we would damage ourselves less.” So painfully true, yet so heartening to consider j.mp/1pO6lMz
The genius of dogs and how it invites a more dimensional definition of human intelligence j.mp/1AyaWGy pic.twitter.com/BZxTZmXKlg
What children’s drawings at age 4 reveal about their future thinking skills j.mp/1oRoREP
"Some things we have only as long as they remain lost, some things are not lost only so long as they are distant." j.mp/1na90f0
Inside, Outside, Upside-Down—a sweet reminder that everything is a matter of perspective j.mp/1thE9mF pic.twitter.com/LKQh7gjFo9
James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – superb read j.mp/1z16JZ8 pic.twitter.com/XGHQJviXTn
Visionary vintage children's book celebrates gender equality, diversity, and space exploration j.mp/1Ay7CLr pic.twitter.com/naR4z5pIfg
Why the ocean and the color are blue – Rebecca Solnit on the color of distance and desire j.mp/XAkG5b pic.twitter.com/I9Sea3upRx
Modern art desserts – from Mondrian cake to Matisse parfait j.mp/1pLZ13V pic.twitter.com/xS4gQvUEfB
“Something is always far away… After all we hardly know our own depths.” j.mp/1mlfeZo
“The war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do…make freedom real.” j.mp/XA1g0d
Have you tried the Brain Pickings newsletter? The week's most unmissable reads, every Sunday j.mp/1lhrbUU pic.twitter.com/41TEPDfTpM
“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic… the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” j.mp/1tlglNJ
A sweet children’s book about understanding the world through understanding relative positions j.mp/1th4ml9 pic.twitter.com/b4L9Pxfses
James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society j.mp/1uVYd02 (Thanks, @jnovogratz + @MorleyMusic)
“On how one orients himself to the moment depends the failure or fruitfulness of it.” Miller on the art of living j.mp/1n7PtMb
In the most effective visual communication, "beauty and utility are mutually generative” j.mp/1oY2Pu2
In which Phil Collins (!) talks to @ThisAmerLife about “the certain people in your life you never quite get over” j.mp/1lgdvtv
So necessary: A “protest against forgetting” j.mp/1n7jv2y
“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic… the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” j.mp/1veN9Z4
Herman and Rosie – a sweet illustrated ode to finding a sense of purpose and belonging j.mp/1w6OTYE pic.twitter.com/w4PJsROttJ
Input-overwhelmed? Try the Brain Pickings newsletter – the week's most unmissable reads, in your inbox every Sunday j.mp/1AwiUzQ
Paul Rand on beauty, simplicity, and why idealism is essential for creative work j.mp/Ywms7F pic.twitter.com/MnUs8tRDGD
"Improbably enough, we must begin with kindness.” Beautiful meditation on what to do when facing the blank page j.mp/Yw40vC
Toy Stories – photos of kids around the world with their favorite toys j.mp/1tewyVS pic.twitter.com/z9AZaIdGUm
70 years ago today, Paris was liberated from the Nazis – here are Anaïs Nin and Ernest Hemingway's exuberant accounts j.mp/1w5Q1vw