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Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."

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“Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair… To have faith means to dare, to th… https://t.co/wTaqUOH5o6"Loops" – fascinating @Radiolab episode spanning mathematical paradoxes, strange neurological disorders, the (after… https://t.co/bWpYrEJE07"The Mind is so near itself — it cannot see, distinctly," Emily Dickinson wrote. Writing advice from the editor s… https://t.co/yAiTX49f6vPhilosopher Erich Fromm, born on this day in 1900, on overcoming the greatest obstacles to love… https://t.co/JZlNK9EV1I"you can never be sure you die without knowing whether anything you wrote was any good if you have to be sure don’t… https://t.co/aWCHJaS9e3“In the experience of love lies the only answer to being human, lies sanity.” The great humanistic philosopher and… https://t.co/xs4QvqYNT06 rules of listening and unselfish understanding from the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm… https://t.co/Lh6QX2e2et“Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair… To have faith means to dare, to th… https://t.co/Npo1ICsgHuRevise amply; develop a style “so saturated with warm life and delicious association that every sentence shall palp… https://t.co/6M8NRmD0un“We all have the same inner life. The difference lies in the recognition. The artist has to recognize what it is.”… https://t.co/A4ApCgpDNJVoltaire on how to write well and stay true to your creative vision https://t.co/W3ohqcTtNK https://t.co/3gcjikqYgd"No-one knows what your life or life itself should be because it is in the process of being created." Artist Agnes… https://t.co/8QJVgPYxnL
3/23
2019
“Pardon the egg salad stains, but I’m in love.” Billy Collins, who turns 78 today, reads his charming poem "Margin… https://t.co/x6fFLW3Z42Billy Collins, who turns 78 today, reads his charming, funny, poignant homage to Aristotle https://t.co/RvJs4WbHxiRemembering artist Barbara Hammer, who envisioned spaces for women to be themselves https://t.co/fYmSIoe0yF Also se… https://t.co/QPIKOYCz1aGoethe died on this day in 1832 and left us, besides some of humanity's greatest poetry, his beautiful wisdom on th… https://t.co/o4iXcvcH78“Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration.” On Billy Collins's birthday, his advice to writers https://t.co/iluLfUd8ig“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect sp… https://t.co/1x4a1FfVHQGoethe died on this day in 1832 and left us, besides his sublime poetry, a fascinating theory of the psychology of… https://t.co/aBJagRbvnU"Labor, therefore, not in thought alone, but in utterance; clothe and reclothe your grand conception twenty times,… https://t.co/fvBsBcnoMv"No worth-while possession can be neglected. Even physical things die off...if they are not cared for...and are los… https://t.co/aWMu58rjvy“The development of sensibility is the most important thing for children and adults alike, but is much more possibl… https://t.co/dz8e7qRS2TThis World Is Too _____ For You – gorgeous new record by @emilywellsmusic, officially out today… https://t.co/zmTbbcfcQcPioneering artist Agnes Martin, born on this day in 1912, on inspiration, the hell of interruptions, and the only t… https://t.co/LsTlI8JNXD“Oftentimes a word shall speak what accumulated volumes have labored in vain to utter: there may be years of crowde… https://t.co/RhLStFW2kS“We all have the same inner life. The difference lies in the recognition. The artist has to recognize what it is.”… https://t.co/XErT3IBR97“To come close to art means to come close to life, and if an appreciation of the dignity of man is the moral defini… https://t.co/s2vK1GbGEiOn #WorldPoetryDay, Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska's ode to the number pi https://t.co/CSFqPwFJkz https://t.co/DH0gQs84WO"How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be,… https://t.co/ZTURRVGsr3“Those who tell you ‘Do not put too much politics in your art’ are not being honest. If you look very carefully you… https://t.co/t2FfWkL5YSCycling as a cure for creative block – from a century ago, a charming case for why the bicycle is the ideal vehicle… https://t.co/OwzyiCsANpOn #WorldPoetryDay, a diverse illustrated collection of classic love poems – Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Anna Ak… https://t.co/kbGWKugtDJ
3/22
2019
“Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire.”… https://t.co/bEXXAvMTs6Remembering Chinua Achebe, who died on this day in 2013, with his fantastic forgotten conversation with James Baldw… https://t.co/mCU2wvq6gZ“Who serves best doesn’t always understand.” On #WorldPoetryDay, the great Polish poet Czesław Miłosz on love https://t.co/7amSuQKr7C“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.” On #WorldPoetryDay, an almost unbearably lovely… https://t.co/kjozVeOZya"No worth-while possession can be neglected. Even physical things die off... if they are not cared for... and are l… https://t.co/QWLSxpa4QbOn #WorldPoetryDay, Meryl Streep reads Sylvia Plath's "Morning Song" https://t.co/IhZ2PBDUtc https://t.co/b9zJL52nEm“The poem is nothing but information. It is the Constitution of the inner country.” #WorldPoetryDay with Leonard C… https://t.co/7QUk6P6hFS“There is no one way to anything.” Chinua Achebe, who died on this day in 2013, on how storytelling helps us survi… https://t.co/mSADyHWe5zOn #WorldPoetryDay, the remarkable, bittersweet story of Misuzu Kaneko, who died at only 26 and was rediscovered ha… https://t.co/WaNlDASgcO“I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.” @amandapalmer reads Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława… https://t.co/JnwXPwL2I3"How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be,… https://t.co/mqc8oGufFJ“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.” Celebrate #WorldPoetryDay with this almost unbe… https://t.co/AHGlgEHcidFor today's serving of astounding prescience, Thomas Mann, in 1938, on justice, human dignity, and the need to cont… https://t.co/o6h9xCc7BX"The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. S… https://t.co/KmzAz7bL8UFor the new mother or father in your life, a lovely picture-poem about the strange and wondrous process by which a… https://t.co/lRZPDbbplJ“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.” This: https://t.co/nMikUlSm6k
3/21
2019
“Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle o… https://t.co/WzR6sAGVRnRock'n'roll fairy godmother Sister Rosetta Tharpe, born on this day in 1915, performing on a Manchester train platf… https://t.co/ndD8jYmxDIGeorge Sand's only children's book – a touching parable of choosing kindness over cynicism, gorgeously illustrated… https://t.co/8QgU1d9Q9n(She was an exceptional human being who also occupies a chapter of #Figuring: https://t.co/4MV8KFPGoh) https://t.co/DALQHxINtZOn the spring equinox today, the great nature writer Henry Beston on seasons and the human spirit… https://t.co/sbRCbs5QQc“The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and g… https://t.co/2Wg0Tuj12NPerhaps the best advice on writing — and making any kind of art — ever committed to words: https://t.co/jKSBNf4kHM“The true artist is not proud… Though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to whic… https://t.co/5y8WH70rrXIsaac Newton died on this day in 1726 and left us, besides the most influential science of all time, the famed meta… https://t.co/sVeUyH4eJSCrescendo – a watercolor serenade to the science, strangeness, and splendor of pregnancy https://t.co/HtJgFlUyIR https://t.co/fhtpftap6TPriceless: Rock'n'roll fairy godmother Sister Rosetta Tharpe, born on this day in 1915, performing on a Manchester… https://t.co/H82Rb8vZUr“A thing is never seen as it really is.” How Josef Albers, born on this day in 1888, revolutionized visual culture… https://t.co/PJNXAi3w3g
3/20
2019
“Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle o… https://t.co/irhjAo770IKandinsky on the spiritual element in art and the 3 responsibilities of the artist https://t.co/bMCCGB3y8r https://t.co/JAcnJ5b0US“If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them … they could perceive what they have m… https://t.co/zUg0AyStbXcc @amandapalmer @neilhimself https://t.co/VNLwx4TtrV“Great love is never justified. It’s like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side… https://t.co/8eIrOuz1fD"I would recommend the cultivation of extreme indifference to both praise and blame because praise will lead you to… https://t.co/zHU6oAmd5K"We want things we cannot have. We seek to reclaim a certain moment, sound, sensation. I want to hear my mother’s v… https://t.co/T2cJwWjLG5“The logic of dreams is superior to the one we exercise while awake. In dreams the mind at last finds its courage:… https://t.co/6QbqvYZtGsThe Blue Whale – a loving science children's book for our planet's largest-hearted creature, with a gentle ecologic… https://t.co/4WEZANdGKQ"you can never be sure you die without knowing whether anything you wrote was any good if you have to be sure don’t… https://t.co/aedfVPSXD0“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” https://t.co/jTNYNoOfIaNew drug promises to make human blood deadly to mosquitos, preventing malaria with no side effects… https://t.co/M2YGnD4XHW“A thing is never seen as it really is.” How Josef Albers, born on this day in 1888, revolutionized visual culture… https://t.co/ukBGLqBSXH“The logic of dreams is superior to the one we exercise while awake. In dreams the mind at last finds its courage:… https://t.co/bHK0NTGuVqWe lost Merwin last week at the age of 91. How touching to see him remember the teacher who helped sculpt his spiri… https://t.co/zivFLHXQeZRebecca Solnit's lovely letter to children about how books solace, empower, and transform us https://t.co/g9Y4wMV09Q https://t.co/bEfJQabtbC"you can never be sure you die without knowing whether anything you wrote was any good if you have to be sure don’t… https://t.co/XN54gi70uBI wish everything were this clearly labeled. https://t.co/moFwYsEtMD“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of… https://t.co/BGvF2AePbt
3/19
2019
“We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. A pattern is a message.” Cybernetics pione… https://t.co/HEPhILaNvQDavid Byrne's quirky and rather profound hand-drawn diagrams of the human condition https://t.co/K2fQ26k8sl https://t.co/sBRQoODySG“Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude.” Mary Oliver's advice on writing: https://t.co/ltQc8uBJ53Eleven Kinds of Blue – the pioneering 19th-century nomenclature of colors that inspired Darwin… https://t.co/bajbNrcIzPThis book has saved me. https://t.co/pTnfiDqBxB https://t.co/alQwxpRTji“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand.” Hemingway's advice on writing, ambition, and the essent… https://t.co/JPAoRvknJoHow playing music benefits your brain more than any other activity https://t.co/cE6ATEnC37 https://t.co/1PhZUhbHme“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.” Reminded… https://t.co/CzhA4z8MJJ(I am mostly unharmed, other than the jarring existential reminder of what ugly responses people can have to being… https://t.co/hvoySMHvtVHey, @NYPDnews: This man just ran me off the bike lane, followed me into the Fairway parking lot, got in my face, c… https://t.co/gOmzmNhgGPArt and the nocturnal imagination – poet, philosopher, and painter Etel Adnan on dreaming and creativity… https://t.co/PznSf6VJqK“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of… https://t.co/Na4Sys1sMV“Owning up: to recollect, to regret, to be responsible, ultimately to forgive and love.” Wonderful read on Nietzsc… https://t.co/TbXHwiPp5E"The eternal loom spins the immaculate word. The word forms the pulp and sinew of innocence…" Patti Smith on creat… https://t.co/W6CFSTcoPPStriking, though, that they omitted Emerson: “Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influe… https://t.co/nFY4wKIGAJ"To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it." Urs… https://t.co/FgxY4Ba3cyMy hope for every classroom is such a "Book of Questions." Good questions, not right answers, are how we continuall… https://t.co/UnPWCZCAWL“Love is the quality of attention we pay to things.” The late, great poet J.D. McClatchy on the contrast and compl… https://t.co/EKjj4Y03PPPlease, more contents pages as poems! #Figuring #MariaPopova https://t.co/KuhHjZmkXy
Retweeted by Maria PopovaAmong the best commentary on the subject, not from a philosopher but from a poet: “To be nobody-but-yourself—in a w… https://t.co/umsbOAzszS
3/18
2019
Thea's Tree – a lovely illustrated ode to daydreaming, the imagination, and the passage of time… https://t.co/Ar9UR84uUn
3/17
2019

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