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This week's highlightable delights: Alain de Botton on the importance of breakdowns, Thich Nhat Hanh on deep listening and the 3 Buddhist steps to repairing relationships, a Victorian naturalist's illustrated serenade to the beauty of the overlooked mailchi.mp/brainpickings/…
“Don’t for the love of heaven let anybody rush you into anything.” Lessons in entrepreneurship and perseverance from Julia Child, who published "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" 60 years ago today against staggering odds, revolutionizing culinary art brainpickings.org/2012/08/15/as-…
“I have got to make everything that has happened to me good for me… There is not a single degradation of the body which I must not try and make into a spiritualising of the soul.” twitter.com/brainpicker/st…
“Nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom.” Baldwin on love, the illusion of choice, and the paradox of freedom brainpickings.org/2021/06/06/jam…
Jane Eyre was published on this day in 1847. 170 years later, a gorgeous graphic novel about the travails of youth, inspired by the Brontë classic brainpickings.org/2013/11/25/jan…
The Rashomon Effect – how Akira Kurosawa's 1950 masterpiece illuminates the science of how memories form and falter in the brain (with a requisite side of Borges, of course) brainpickings.org/2021/06/29/ras…
Gorgeous Victorian natural history illustrations of owls and ospreys brainpickings.org/2015/05/29/lyd…
A delight to see Richard Wright's long-lost haikus come alive on walls bkmag.com/2021/10/14/ric…
The delicate beauty of the overlooked – a Victorian naturalist's stunning illustrations of coastal creatures and reflections on the kinship of life brainpickings.org/2021/10/12/gos…
The Art of Solitude – a Buddhist scholar and teacher on contemplative practice and creativity brainpickings.org/2021/10/16/the…
The art of deep listening and the 3 Buddhist steps to repairing a relationship brainpickings.org/2021/10/10/thi…
On Oscar Wilde's birthday, how artist Aubrey Beardsley scandalized Victorian gender norms and revolutionized the visual arts with his illustrations for Wilde's "Salome" brainpickings.org/2016/01/25/aub…
"Any idea of the normal currently in circulation is not an accurate map of what is customary for a human to be. We are...far more compulsive, anxious, sexual, tender, mean, generous, playful, thoughtful, dazed, and at sea than we are encouraged to accept." brainpickings.org/2021/10/13/ala…
On Oscar Wilde's birthday, Patti Smith reads his stunning letter on suffering and transcendence, penned while imprisoned for loving whom he loved brainpickings.org/2016/11/07/pat…
“What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.” Calvino, born on this day in 1923, on reading and love: brainpickings.org/2021/02/27/cal…
“Owning up: to recollect, to regret, to be responsible, ultimately to forgive and love.” On Nietzsche's birthday, his brilliant "eternal return" thought experiment illuminating the secret to existential fulfillment brainpickings.org/2018/12/19/hik…
On Italo Calvino's birthday, his delightful and surprisingly effective recipe for lowering your "worryability" brainpickings.org/2014/01/02/ita…
Nietzsche, born on this day in 1844, on the evolutionary and existential significance of dreams brainpickings.org/2016/04/21/nie…
Italo Calvino, born on this day in 1923, on racial justice – his stirring account of the early civil rights movement and his encounter with MLK during his first visit to America on a scholarship brainpickings.org/2017/02/13/ita…
“A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possess at least two things besides: gratitude and purity.” Nietzsche, born on this day in 1844, on love, moving beyond good and evil, and the true mark of greatness brainpickings.org/2020/11/04/bey…
Here and Now – an illustrated field guide to living with presence, for the child in your life or in your soul brainpickings.org/2020/01/16/her…
Nietzsche, born on this day in 1844, on truth, lies, and how we use metaphor to both reveal and conceal reality – fantastic read: brainpickings.org/2018/03/26/nie…
On Nietzsche's birthday, his no-nonsense wisdom on why a fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty brainpickings.org/2014/10/15/nie…
"Charlotte's Web" was published on this day in 1952. The story behind it and E.B. White's little-known illustrations from the original manuscript brainpickings.org/2013/10/15/e-b…
“What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.” Italo Calvino, born on this day in 1923, on reading and love: brainpickings.org/2021/02/27/cal…
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.” Nietzsche, born on this day in 1844, on how to find yourself and what education really means brainpickings.org/2015/09/30/nie…
“The life that you live in order to photograph it is already, at the outset, a commemoration of itself.” Calvino, born on this day in 1923 and writing an epoch before Instagram, on photography and the art of presence: brainpickings.org/2015/10/15/ita…
"Without music life would be a mistake." On Nietzsche's birthday, great minds on the feeling-power of music: brainpickings.org/2016/03/15/wri…
“Owning up: to recollect, to regret, to be responsible, ultimately to forgive and love.” On Nietzsche's birthday, his brilliant "eternal return" thought experiment illuminating the secret to existential fulfillment brainpickings.org/2018/12/19/hik…
Tender vintage illustrations for the little-known and lovely fairy tale e.e. cummings (born on this day in 1894) wrote for his only daughter brainpickings.org/2013/10/23/e-e…
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” Truth from Edward Estlin himself, born on this day in 1894: brainpickings.org/2017/09/25/e-e…
An extraordinary read: The Life of the Mind – Hannah Arendt, born on this day in 1906, on the vital, hard-earned difference between thinking and knowing, truth and meaning brainpickings.org/2014/09/16/han…
"I regret that I was capable of causing pain. I think it’s important to implicate the self. The knife shouldn’t exit the cake clean. There is still some residue, some proof of puncture, some scars you graze to remember the risk." poets.org/poem/proof?mc_…
On e.e. cummings's birthday, @amandapalmer reads his poem "Humanity i love you," the final lines of which capture more of human nature than half world's philosophy books brainpickings.org/2016/06/28/ama…
“Crisis… is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and constitutes an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis.” A lens-clearing antidote to some of the central myths our culture manipulates us into: brainpickings.org/2021/10/13/ala…
“Fearlessness is what love seeks… Such fearlessness exists only in the complete calm that can no longer be shaken by events expected of the future… Hence the only valid tense is the present, the Now.” Truth from the timeless Hannah Arendt, born OTD 1906 brainpickings.org/2019/02/25/lov…
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” The life and legacy of e.e. cummings, born on this day in 1894, in a lovely illustrated tribute brainpickings.org/2015/03/30/eno…
“These objects are… among the humblest of creatures that are endowed with organic life… Here we catch the first kindling of that spark, which glows into so noble a flame in the Aristotles, the Newtons, and the Miltons of our heaven-gazing race.” Lovely: brainpickings.org/2021/10/12/gos…
“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.” Wisdom on creativity and self-knowledge from a professional unlearner, born on this day in 1894 brainpickings.org/2015/02/09/e-e…
On Hannah Arendt's birthday, her classic on the antidote to the normalization of evil brainpickings.org/2017/02/07/han…
"Q: Why do you paint? A: For exactly the same reason I breathe.”" The little known visual art of E.E. Cummings, born on this day in 1894 (and the little-known fact that he did not, contrary to myth, only sign his name lowercase) brainpickings.org/2017/10/05/e-e…
Hannah Arendt, born on this day in 1906, on what forgiveness really means brainpickings.org/2021/07/14/han…
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” A poet of uncommon courage, born OTD in 1894, on the courage to be yourself brainpickings.org/2017/09/25/e-e…
“Fearlessness is what love seeks… Such fearlessness exists only in the complete calm that can no longer be shaken by events expected of the future… Hence the only valid tense is the present, the Now.” Truth from the timeless Hannah Arendt, born OTD 1906 brainpickings.org/2019/02/25/lov…
The pattern inside the pattern – fractals, the hidden order beneath chaos, and the story of the refugee who revolutionized the mathematics of reality brainpickings.org/2021/02/22/man…
“Crisis… is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and constitutes an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis.” A lens-clearing antidote to some of the central myths our culture manipulates us into: brainpickings.org/2021/10/13/ala…
NYC-ish! Something magical is happening on October 23, to celebrate 10 years of @BasilicaHudson – one of the most inspired and inspiring creative communities and cross-disciplinary projects I've ever encountered basilicahudson.org/events/basilic…
This is so exciting: Physicists measure the lifespan of a neutron (14 minutes and 38 seconds), which could shed light on how the universe first developed and what dark matter is sciencealert.com/this-is-the-mo…
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.” mailchi.mp/brainpickings/…
Pythagoras on the purpose of life and the meaning of wisdom brainpickings.org/2018/05/23/pyt…
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