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“Work and leisure … cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.”
Philosopher Daniel Dennett on why words are the greatest memes of all and how to "install" them
All the buildings in New York, illustrated
“If we're all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well." Paul Graham on how to disagree
Thoreau, born 197 years ago today, on what cabbage can teach us about optimism, and the meaning of human life
“Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won't make your writing any better..." Zadie Smith on writing
A.A. Milne reads from Winnie the Pooh in a rare 1929 recording
“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well.”
For Thoreau's birthday, a charming children's book adapting his philosophy for young ones
Happy birthday, Pablo Neruda! His gorgeous "Ode to the Book," read by Tom O'Behlam
Synergetics and The Wellspring of Reality—Bucky Fuller, born on this day in 1895, on how specialization limits us
Happy 197th birthday, Thoreau! My favorite philosopher on the greatest gift of growing old
From Rapunzel to The Little Red Riding Hood, beloved children's classics as minimalist posters
Harvard Medical School students break down what your spleen does in a delightfully geeky music video
Neil Gaiman on why scary story appeal to us and the most terrifying "ghosts" haunting society today
Why we cry – the science of sobbing and emotional tearing
"A letter should be regarded not merely as a medium for the communication of intelligence but also as a work of art"
"...content with this fragile participation in destiny."
Hungry for some delicious reads across art, psychology, science, and more? Feast on these:
For regular tuneup of the soul: Viktor Frankl on our search for meaning
If you read one thing today, make it Chinua Achebe on the meaning of life and the writer's responsibility in society