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Maria Popova
"The tank offers a reduced sensory experience as close to nothingness as you can get.” I want to do this buff.ly/1wqffTw
Such a lovely interactive music video by @StefanGBucher buff.ly/1tChG6o
How to overcome the “OK plateau” – the psychology of getting unstuck in creative work and personal growth buff.ly/1rPYyKA
Truth and Tenderness – Emerson on the two essential components of true friendship buff.ly/1wgE95P pic.twitter.com/pDUEHB9SfR
Thoreau on defining your own success buff.ly/1wgAN2Q
How repetition enchants the brain and why we love it so much in music buff.ly/1wpXG5X
Why emotional excess is essential to writing and creativity – superb letter from Anaïs Nin buff.ly/1sW3W47 pic.twitter.com/SVJrUiwWwU
The breathtaking love letters of Violet Trefusis and Vita Sackville-West buff.ly/11N4fUL pic.twitter.com/sf4Ayi59Na
How William Gibson coined “cyberspace” buff.ly/11Mooul
Can’t wait for #poptech next week, especially @sarahelizalewis’s talk – here’s why buff.ly/1wpdR3w
Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, born on this day in 1961, on what makes music so magical – applies to so much in life: buff.ly/1t1fowE
On Tenderness – beautiful read on what genetics godfather Gregor Mendel teaches us about the heart of science buff.ly/1tBVKIH
"None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth.” The War Prayer – Mark Twain on war and morality, animated buff.ly/1CCu45l
The untold story of the women soldiers who dressed and fought as men in the Civil War buff.ly/1rOJ4qn pic.twitter.com/8FBKIeXqHb
From Galileo to Google, a fascinating long-view lens on how big data illuminates our culture buff.ly/1CCeS8j pic.twitter.com/S3a5HWHwqr
The tragic and scandalous life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde, perhaps history’s most heartbreaking beard buff.ly/1CCesPh pic.twitter.com/L82FLfofEr
It is so easy to make somebody’s day. SO easy. Why don’t we do it more?
The power of “narrowly selective transparency” – 4 decades before Instagram, Sontag on photography vs. the other arts buff.ly/1wozbGg
Happy birthday, Irving Geis! His pioneering scientific illustrations remain spectacular buff.ly/1wfYYyt pic.twitter.com/lMbWDbQpN7
Happy birthday, Wynton Marsalis! The jazz legend on what makes music so magical buff.ly/1woixGI pic.twitter.com/un2bPDnDE2
Art at the Edge of Tomorrow—AMAZING piece by @blprnt about pioneering woman-in-tech Lillian Schwartz, 87 years young buff.ly/ZJsX7f
Picasso on intuition and where ideas come from buff.ly/1wnRvzg
Rare, gorgeous photos from the first Australian expedition to Antarctica, 1911-1914 buff.ly/1qOW2Fn pic.twitter.com/9tWoaDXsKN
“Character is at least as important as intellect.” Pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth on grit buff.ly/11Kze3Y
Be Like Water – the philosophy and origin of Bruce Lee's famous metaphor for resilience buff.ly/1tBt0j5 pic.twitter.com/7InjfCnoQG
Classic: “A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas” from 1939 buff.ly/11KjiPb
David Foster Wallace on leadership – possibly the best definition ever given buff.ly/1wnwcxP pic.twitter.com/nX9DyrLiaV
How to Write Letters – a delightful guide to epistolary etiquette from 1876 buff.ly/1rLjfYc
Vonnegut on the secret of happiness – the simple art of knowing when you have enough buff.ly/1DkvQu2 pic.twitter.com/FFNQT5X9WK
This Will Make You Smarter (no, really)—151 thinkers each pick a scientific concept to improve your cognitive toolkit buff.ly/1qMlfAd
Yes, please! Ralph Steadman illustrates Breaking Bad buff.ly/1tAArHh pic.twitter.com/QTeXNncBwy
"Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons.” buff.ly/1tAAjrw
“Genius gives birth, talent delivers.” buff.ly/1sXUiOZ
Happy weekend! Party like it's 1903 – young Virginia Woolf on the ecstasy of music and dance buff.ly/11GCuNB pic.twitter.com/Q6Nn381f4P
Blake's breathtaking drawings for Dante's Divine Comedy,which he belabored until his dying day buff.ly/11GBHfK pic.twitter.com/2QTlcA4yxS
Some of my favorite books on writing, animals, and NYC, with a side of wonderful papercraft sculptures buff.ly/1wepSGZ
Have you tried the Brain Pickings weekly digest? Here’s a taste: buff.ly/1tAeAzJ Like? Grab yours: buff.ly/1tAexUB
“You have precisely the same keyboard as everyone else. It’s the most level playing field we’ve got.”Godin on writing buff.ly/1wjdreK
“...the sense of a great intellect at work, and yet righteous anger burned below the unruffled surface.” On Woolf buff.ly/1qJbQtc
11 rules for a perfect meal from The Futurist Cookbook, 1932 buff.ly/1sR9q08 pic.twitter.com/Lwg4ND4CNE
On what you lose when you "spend too much time doing ‘Ready aim, aim, aim, aim’” buff.ly/1Dj3yQJ
Brian Eno’s prompts for overcoming creative block, inspired by John Cage buff.ly/1we6DgH pic.twitter.com/j48JUq2ptB
Bookmark-worthy: an evolving library of notable advice on writing from celebrated authors buff.ly/1zfn4il
"Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons.” buff.ly/1DiQef9
Out of Character – the psychology of good and evil in each of us buff.ly/1wiLiok pic.twitter.com/l70brYjo0e
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary buff.ly/1zfdMTn pic.twitter.com/5A3Gofgjqt
Empathy, entitlement and ethics in Eastern Europe—lovely vintage children’s book illustrations buff.ly/1sQM76H pic.twitter.com/BjaC4Jr9RM
Jack Kerouac on originality and the crucial difference between genius and talent buff.ly/1zfcgRq pic.twitter.com/xeXyzCBHzl