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Maria Popova
Calvino on writing – selected wisdom from a lifetime of letters
Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds – a psychedelically illustrated ode to the power of small kindnesses
Nietzsche on why a fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty
Tove Jansson’s vintage philosophical Moomin comics on why we join groups and seek community
Such a gorgeous letter: Steinbeck on creative integrity and the humanistic duty of the artist
From Nabokov’s love letters to Joni Mitchell, the year's best biographies and history books
This gets me every time: Ursula K. Le Guin on aging and what beauty really means
A Life Worth Living—Camus on our search for meaning and why happiness is our moral obligation
How dying confers upon living “the courage to act on the truth we find” – magnificent read
If you missed them last month, the year's finest psychology and philosophy
Happy birthday, Ray Eames! The disarming love letter in which Charles Eames proposed to her
The science of internal time, “social jet lag” and why you’re so tired
Steinbeck on creative integrity, the humanistic duty of writers, and why he destroyed his book
The best biographies, memoirs, and history books of the year
How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, became the world’s first computer programmer
Weird and wonderful 3,000-year-old llareta, photographed by @_sussman_, from the year's best art and photography books — see them all on Brain Pickings:
If you missed them last month, the best science books of the year
E.E. Cummings, the art of noticing, and the spirit of rebellion
Pearl S Buck, the youngest woman awarded a Nobel in literature,on writing and human creativity
The psychology of why cloudy days help us think more clearly
The slippery question of what makes a great book
Georgia O’Keeffe’s superb letter to Sherwood Anderson on what it really means to be an artist
How Rilke can help us befriend our mortality and live more fully—sublimely rewarding read
The Farmer and the Clown – a warm wordless story about how we ennoble each other in friendship