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1/30/2022
11 : 14

A 400-year-old remedy for melancholy, how Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh found himself and lost his self in a library epiphany, and old French fairy tales

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1/28/2022
23 : 34

Highlights in hindsight: favorite books of the past year

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1/23/2022
11 : 14

An illustrated meditation on the deepest meaning of love, Nick Cave on creativity, the myth of originality, and how to find your voice, and a poem

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1/16/2022
11 : 14

What happens when we die, Iris Murdoch on what love really means and its symmetry with art, the woman who brought the "submarine fairyland" to life

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1/9/2022
11 : 14

The secret of superhuman strength, Jane Goodall on the meaning of wisdom and the deepest source of hope, a lyrical Japanese illustrated ode to water

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1/2/2022
2 : 14

Resolutions for a life worth living—attainable aspirations inspired by great humans of the past (including Seneca, Baldwin, Whitman, Le Guin and more)

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12/31/2021
5 : 34

Annual Edition: The Best of Brain Pickings / The Marginalian 2021

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12/26/2021
11 : 4

The antidote to the time-anxiety that savages our lives; the neuroscience of how the body moves the mind and how our feelings shape our consciousness

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12/19/2021
11 : 14

Dreams, consciousness, and the nature of the universe; Nietzsche on walking and creativity; an illustrated ode to life, loss, and our search for light

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12/19/2021
5 : 24

Annual Special Edition: The Loveliest Children's Books of the Year

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12/12/2021
11 : 14

Carl Jung on how to live, Rebecca Solnit on Orwell's roses and how nature sustains us, an illustrated French meditation on loss and healing

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12/5/2021
11 : 14

Music, the neural harmonics of emotion, and how love restrings the brain; winter trees as a portal to aliveness; Darwin's greatest regret

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11/28/2021
14 : 4

Love and limerence, Nathaniel Hawthorne on life, death, and what fills the interlude with meaning, Julia Perry on the universal language of music

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11/28/2021
0 : 14

Uncommon presents from the past — gifts for the science-lover and nature-ecstatic in your life, benefitting The Nature Conservancy

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11/22/2021
20 : 54

RE-DELIVERY: The geometry of grief, women in trees, 95-year-old artist Etel Adnan on how to live, how to die, and what gives meaning to our lives

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11/14/2021
14 : 14

Gravity, grace, and what binds us when we love; how to move through life when your parents are dying; the science of can and can't

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11/7/2021
13 : 4

Drawing a tree to see yourself; how the parallels between quantum physics and Hindu philosophy illuminate the central truth of being; viva Corita Kent

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10/31/2021
13 : 14

Every loss reveals what we're made of; David Whyte's poems of presence with wonder; Michael Pollan on the radical roots of the flying-witch broomstick

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10/24/2021
13 : 4

How (not) to love, or, unbreaking our hearts by breaking our patterns; Ursula K. Le Guin's love-poem to life, death, and trees; the art of solitude

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10/23/2021
4 : 4

Becoming the Marginalian — after 15 years, Brain Pickings reborn

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