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Cybernetics pioneer Robert Wiener on the malady of "content" and how to save creative culture from the syphoning of… https://t.co/lU7ykmWVsMThe importance of being scared – Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska on fairy tales and the necessity of f… https://t.co/AJbaiexwGhWeekly highlights: Steinbeck on kindness and the key to good writing, Emily Dickinson's stunning ode to resilience… https://t.co/UBe5D01632“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can o… https://t.co/okYxwWp9vO“That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.” Seneca on resilience and the key to contentment: https://t.co/XVra41GibI
9/24
2018
What a lovely project. @YoYo_Ma is spending two years traveling to 36 cities around the globe to play Bach as socio… https://t.co/K7orKFgw82Oliver Sacks on the 3 essential elements of creativity https://t.co/Z1ppt7yBHWNYC: On October 10, the brilliant @margaretwerth is giving a lecture about the magic and mesmerism of mathematics i… https://t.co/NTZMnDmtMk"I learned about life from life itself, love I learned in a single kiss and could teach no one anything except that… https://t.co/eZTDkBPdMTCamus on happiness, unhappiness, and our self-imposed prisons https://t.co/3nuvVzytLN https://t.co/tFKpqi5gOr"O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed." https://t.co/1nry9MP2gm"If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving... perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadn… https://t.co/ROeuZSi5oQOptimism: A Poetic Stop-Motion Celebration of Nature's Resilience and the Persistence of Life Against All Odds ❤️👌… https://t.co/tNBUPUqFtr
Retweeted by Maria PopovaBeasts of India — a stunning illustrated menagerie of indigenous animals, drawn by indigenous artists in a variety… https://t.co/oSEvVjR3S2Neruda died 45 years ago today. His extraordinary life, in an illustrated love letter to language:… https://t.co/Mzq0yLjkhS"Either the Darkness alters — Or something in the sight Adjusts itself to Midnight — And Life steps almost straight… https://t.co/4LAXZqDaAP"There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are." Remember… https://t.co/E3kBbC1YlN“All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil t… https://t.co/VvX2z1MJkz"If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving... perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadn… https://t.co/oDxojPUbdkHow libraries save lives – one Native American woman's remarkable story, animated https://t.co/gcszJmuqYE https://t.co/ByT67aYwvW“Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions.” Adrienne Rich on why an edu… https://t.co/A81BY0sKTa“There can be a real meeting between two people at the point where they always felt marooned. Right at the edge.”… https://t.co/8VBrgxK9ub
9/23
2018
From the inimitable Lynda Barry, an illustrated field guide to keeping a visual diary and cultivating a capacity fo… https://t.co/FDayq7xdbO"We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth." JFK on poetry, power, and the… https://t.co/VtSFmNaP2NThis grows more and more relevant by the day on the internet: Joan Didion on learning not to mistake self-righteous… https://t.co/IlDF02P8KR“Great love is never justified. It’s like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side… https://t.co/C9oDmaF2hXAnaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential for writing and creativity https://t.co/EZYT3s3o2G https://t.co/dTEkAJ16X9Oh hello there, haunting new @amandapalmer + @jasonwebley song, "House of Eternal Return" https://t.co/7iBs3Zty0m https://t.co/2UE0v5rgpK“Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside.” Jeff Buc… https://t.co/3RYVppjpdp“To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt.” https://t.co/MVEncDfEMg https://t.co/uRxd5tC9le"Are we falling and falling without end? Are there unlimited infinities on all sides of us, both bigger and smaller… https://t.co/hlm5x1ofMVElectromagnetism pioneer Michael Faraday, born on this day in 1791, on mental discipline and how to cure our propen… https://t.co/x6THfYhhdX"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." For your weekend, Annie Dillard on choosing presenc… https://t.co/S8EER2ht6q6 rules of listening for unselfish understanding from the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm… https://t.co/mvoemX79qz“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which ever… https://t.co/UPibaWGvzyHear Tolkien read from The Hobbit, published on this day in 1937, in rare audio from his first encounter with a tap… https://t.co/l7Cn29kMIrThere Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In—Leonard Cohen, who would have been 84 today, on democr… https://t.co/CBzBIlrIaISchopenhauer died on this day in 1860 and left us his abiding wisdom on the crucial difference between talent and g… https://t.co/1DU8qu2OBlTolkien's little-known original drawings for the first edition of The Hobbit, published on this day in 1937… https://t.co/lyTfTBhAm1An animated history of photography, from the camera obscura to the camera phone https://t.co/kJe7ZoPBZi https://t.co/B0Bp8uU9r0
9/22
2018
"If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often. It’s a mysterious condition. It’s much like the… https://t.co/6RC6pMZnNGThe Hobbit was published on this day in 1937. Here are some wonderful vintage illustrations for the Tolkien classic… https://t.co/3pn5POjiUFSchopenhauer, who died on this day in 1860, on the relationship between genius and madness https://t.co/fT2zNI548P https://t.co/TJPXO5Na6f“It’s... very difficult to untangle influences because you represent the sum of everything you’ve seen or heard or… https://t.co/J14Wbuwj6BBeast of India – a stunning illustrated menagerie of indigenous animals, drawn by indigenous artists in a variety o… https://t.co/3ILD9nHXg7Hear Tolkien read from The Hobbit, published on this day in 1937, in rare audio from his first encounter with a tap… https://t.co/gww9GcaCtqSchopenhauer died on this day in 1860 and left us his superb distinction between how art and science illuminate the… https://t.co/697YgP2NS5“…the heart has got to open in a fundamental way.” On Leonard Cohen's birthday, @neilhimself reads his timeless od… https://t.co/GWB2LzJ2QOTolkien's little-known original drawings for the first edition of The Hobbit, published on this day in 1937… https://t.co/UtpYmCumT7Wow. If you read anything today - it should be this - enlightening, beautiful, and powerful. Had the privilege of s… https://t.co/Y2Kx8syoVO
Retweeted by Maria Popova“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” Leonard Cohen, born on this day… https://t.co/V8BTt7n7QcSchopenhauer, who died on this day in 1860, on the power of music https://t.co/cLSHXGQQsp https://t.co/42wju2EqiHThere Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In – Leonard Cohen, who would have been 84 today, on demo… https://t.co/ott0TP1oTjSchopenhauer died on this day in 1860 and left us his abiding wisdom on the crucial difference between talent and g… https://t.co/LobxK4YpibBeast of India – a stunning illustrated menagerie of indigenous animals, drawn by indigenous artists in a variety o… https://t.co/fVG8XprMvj
9/21
2018
Sidewalk Flowers – an illustrated ode to presence and the everyday art of noticing in a culture of reckless busynes… https://t.co/XUXyduOOdk“Whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous ‘I don’t know.’” Poet Wisława Szymborska's stunning Nobel Pr… https://t.co/ebjrQEkGe4Oliver Sacks on the 3 essential elements of creativity https://t.co/Z1ppt7QczuClassic: Vonnegut on the shapes of stories https://t.co/TMgyAPZP9N https://t.co/yNIzHQHyXIThe best event title and concept and I've encountered in eons: "Doughnuts and Death: A Baker's Dozen of Emily Dicki… https://t.co/z1czmzjINQ"What we call anger is often simply the unwillingness to live the full measure of our fears or of our not knowing,… https://t.co/kinrY4mNVM"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard on choosing presence over productivit… https://t.co/YAAufmnUex“The body is not made negligible, but paramount. Flesh is not annihilated but fulfilled. One is not bodiless, but e… https://t.co/aaAeciVKL9"Are we falling and falling without end? Are there unlimited infinities on all sides of us, both bigger and smaller… https://t.co/OSlXfzGSG6Pioneering biochemist Erwin Chargaff on the poetics of curiosity, the crucial difference between explanation and un… https://t.co/aivlEnqwCu“The only people who can still strike us as normal are those we don’t yet know very well.” Yup. https://t.co/uDO2gyzAteBeast of India – a stunning illustrated menagerie of indigenous animals, drawn by indigenous artists in a variety o… https://t.co/W3hmBh8Hew"Are we falling and falling without end? Are there unlimited infinities on all sides of us, both bigger and smaller… https://t.co/s2x4HUJzZD
9/20
2018
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail — a die-cut masterpiece two years in the making, reimagining a 17th-century Briti… https://t.co/BVNhK9NCQOCamus on happiness, unhappiness, and our self-imposed prisons https://t.co/3nuvVzytLN https://t.co/r7iQpfHnudHow Arthur Rackham, born on this day in 1867, revolutionized the technology of book art and the economics of illust… https://t.co/XAUSYuW83GFrom the Moses Harris color wheel to the Rosetta Stone, 100 diagrams that changed the world https://t.co/qbYDOhtkhV https://t.co/75BTfsXIMNThis is fascinating: The hidden lives of owls https://t.co/tzOPzSLUKf https://t.co/NKAFl4C5g2"Either the Darkness alters — Or something in the sight Adjusts itself to Midnight — And Life steps almost straight… https://t.co/0iE6IRrh3NAldous Huxley's little-known children's book https://t.co/siDArauedl https://t.co/ACtdy2yQv9On Arthur Rackham's birthday, his rare and revolutionary illustrations for the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm… https://t.co/gMtqIYqIkiPhysicist Alan Lightman on the illusion of absolute rest — the beautiful, disorienting science of why we are mostly… https://t.co/mivxkGakjeHow Arthur Rackham, born on this day in 1867, revolutionized the technology of book art and the economics of illust… https://t.co/MPb7IxDY0G"Either the Darkness alters — Or something in the sight Adjusts itself to Midnight — And Life steps almost straight… https://t.co/6Vl19DBEua
9/19
2018
“You are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought…” Vladimir Naboko… https://t.co/vJTZBmjLu8The illustrated story of Persian polymath Ibn Sina and how he shaped the course of science https://t.co/Y1E4nPeu5d https://t.co/HCG8dvIXarLift your heart every week with the free Brain Pickings newsletter: https://t.co/cMAsztrLi1 https://t.co/OP4iaD7sE1“Openness to life grants a lightning-swift insight into the life situation of others.” Nobel Peace Prize laureate… https://t.co/cwCgBkhJVUEnormous Smallness – the sweet illustrated story of E.E. Cummings (who, contrary to popular misconception, didn't o… https://t.co/kWodGk9NuCThese are lovely. And embody Ursula K. Le Guin's beautiful insight: “Science describes accurately from outside, poe… https://t.co/V5YDa7oiLK“All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil t… https://t.co/sQkn7DYJev“Art can die; what matters is that it should have sown seeds on the earth… It must give birth to a world.” I Work… https://t.co/k26YzgcOm4"Might make you think twice about picking a flower." @scifri on the newly discovered chemistry of how plants "cry"… https://t.co/GAGTOhOcea“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.” Bruce Lee's unpublished writings on willpower, confiden… https://t.co/UGOJ6sOQxZThe Storm Whale – a tender illustrated story about loneliness, loss, single-parenting, and the redemptive power of… https://t.co/BBha5ZiMMs"We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" — Emily Dickinson's stunning ode to resilience, animated https://t.co/Tn8XQ33LOv https://t.co/NdgKcnHabm“All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil t… https://t.co/dw1A4HTZZU“Knowledge consists in the search for truth… It is not the search for certainty.” Karl Popper died on this day in… https://t.co/5rVAu6bT6xOn this day in 1925, the teenage Frida Kahlo nearly died in a bus accident that drove a handrail from her ribs to h… https://t.co/xKLAMtMVTo
9/18
2018
Bright Sky, Starry City – an illustrated love letter to our communion with the cosmos, celebrating women astronomer… https://t.co/QfzWzAakk2The untold story of the women who dressed and fought as men in the Civil War https://t.co/xuQ7Zu4SOM https://t.co/6yEdvz3fPb“We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive compan… https://t.co/qZyjSeruU3“That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.” Seneca on resilience and the key to contentment: https://t.co/XVra41GibI"...the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side, it turns in another. A blind intel… https://t.co/LrUX8AwA0XOn this day in 1925, the teenage Frida Kahlo nearly died in a bus accident that drove a handrail from her ribs to h… https://t.co/12g20WPieG
9/17
2018

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