Brain Pickings
John Quincy Adams on Efficiency vs. Effectiveness, the Proper Aim of Ambition, and His Daily Routine
August 16th, 2017, 01:47 PM
"The spark from Heaven is given to few — It is not to be obtained by intreaty or by toil."
Sun and Moon: Stunning Illustrations of Celestial Myths by Ten of India’s Greatest Indigenous Artists
August 15th, 2017, 01:47 PM
Ancient allegorical reflections on the universal themes of life, love, time, harmony, and our eternal search for a completeness of being.
The Terror Within and the Evil Without: James Baldwin on Our Capacity for Transformation as Individuals and Nations
August 14th, 2017, 01:47 PM
"It has always been much easier (because it has always seemed much safer) to give a name to the evil without than to locate the terror within."
91-Year-Old Lebanese-American Poet, Philosopher, and Painter Etel Adnan on Memory, the Self, and the Universe
August 10th, 2017, 01:47 PM
"The universe is itself the glue that keeps it going, therefore it is memory in action and in essence, in becoming and in being. Because it remembers itself, it exists. Because it exists, it remembers."
What to Look for During a Total Solar Eclipse: Mabel Loomis Todd’s Poetic 19th-Century Guide to Totality, with Help from Emily Dickinson
August 9th, 2017, 01:47 PM
"A vast, palpable presence seems overwhelming the world. The blue sky changes to gray or dull purple, speedily becoming more dusky, and a death-like trance seizes upon everything earthly."
An Illustrated Fictional Day in the Real Lives of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein
August 8th, 2017, 01:47 PM
Parisian misadventures in multitasking drawn from one of history's great loves.
How to Live to the Full While Dying: The Extraordinary Diary of Alice James, William and Henry James’s Brilliant Sister
August 7th, 2017, 01:47 PM
"It is the most supremely interesting moment in life, the only one in fact when living seems life."
Sam Shepard in Love, on Love
August 3rd, 2017, 01:47 PM
"There can be a real meeting between two people at the point where they always felt marooned. Right at the edge."
The Blue Songbird: A Tenderhearted and Lyrical Parable About Finding Your Voice and Coming Home to Yourself
August 1st, 2017, 01:47 PM
A lovely Japanese-inspired meditation on what makes us who we are.
Into the Chute of Time: Annie Dillard on the Stunning Otherworldliness of a Total Solar Eclipse
August 1st, 2017, 01:47 PM
"What you see in a total eclipse is entirely different from what you know."
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