Brain Pickings
Love After Life: Nobel-Winning Physicist Richard Feynman’s Extraordinary Letter to His Departed Wife
October 17th, 2017, 10:36 AM
Where the hard edge of physics meets the vulnerable metaphysics of the human heart.
An Alternative View of Human Nature: Rebecca Solnit on Disaster as a Catalyst for Dignity, Agency, and Human Goodness
October 16th, 2017, 10:36 AM
"The constellations of solidarity, altruism, and improvisation are within most of us and reappear at these times."
Big Wolf & Little Wolf: A Tender Tale of Loneliness, Belonging, and How Friendship Transforms Us
October 12th, 2017, 10:36 AM
A subtle meditation on the meaning of solidarity, the relationship between the ego and the capacity for love, and the little tendrils of care that become the armature of friendship.
A Life of One’s Own: A Penetrating 1930s Field Guide to Self-Possession, Mindful Perception, and the Art of Knowing What You Really Want
October 11th, 2017, 10:36 AM
"I did not know that I could only get the most out of life by giving myself up to it."
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Little-Known, Arresting Modernist Data Visualizations of Black Life for the World’s Fair of 1900
October 9th, 2017, 10:36 AM
A trailblazing effort "to give, in as systematic and compact a form as possible, the history and present condition of a large group of human beings."
The Five Invitations: Zen Hospice Project Co-founder Frank Ostaseski on Love, Death, and the Essential Habits of Mind for a Meaningful Life
October 9th, 2017, 10:36 AM
"The sort of fearless openness required to turn toward our suffering is only possible within the spacious receptivity of love."
The Little-Known Visual Art of E.E. Cummings
October 5th, 2017, 10:36 AM
"Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe."
Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause
October 4th, 2017, 10:36 AM
"Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one."
Poetry and the Revolution of Being: Jane Hirshfield on How Great Art Transforms Us
October 2nd, 2017, 10:36 AM
"Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means?... And by changing selves, one by one, art changes also the outer world that selves create and share."
Florence Nightingale Visits a Mosque: The Founder of Modern Nursing on Women, Islam, and Religion’s Power Structures
October 1st, 2017, 10:36 AM
"It was so pleasant to see a place where any man may go for a moment's quiet, and there is none to find fault with him, nor make him afraid."
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