Brain Pickings

9/12/2021
4 : 14

The blue horses of our destiny: artist Franz Marc, the wisdom of animals, and beauty as resistance to brutality; Chekhov on how (not) to be a writer

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9/5/2021
7 : 4

The jazz of trees, physicist Alan Lightman's poetic lens on time and the antidote to the anxiety of aliveness, Derek Jarman on night and transcendence

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8/29/2021
13 : 4

Bob Dylan on vulnerability, integrity, and music as an instrument of truth; an illustrated love letter to rivers; an animated query of consciousness

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8/22/2021
2 : 44

Music and the mystery of aliveness, panpsychism and the enigma of consciousness, the author of "The Little Prince" on wonder in the age of machines

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8/14/2021
22 : 4

The unbearable lightness of being opaque to ourselves: Milan Kundera on storytelling; water and transcendence; trees, whales, and our digital future

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8/8/2021
13 : 4

The optimism of the oyster, Edward Weston on creativity, Virginia Woolf on the power of nature and the transcendence of a total solar eclipse

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8/1/2021
13 : 4

David Whyte on true love and breaking our self-imposed limits, Richard Dawkins on luckiness of death, biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus on resilience

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7/25/2021
10 : 14

Art and aliveness, the ultimate animated primer on the Theory of Everything, the remarkable life and art of pioneering plant ecologist Edith Clements

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7/18/2021
13 : 4

Do people change, the art of ending painful relationships, Hannah Arendt on what forgiveness (really) means, poet Naomi Shihab Nye's advice on writing

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7/11/2021
4 : 4

John Coltrane on creativity and perseverance against rejection, poet Jane Hirshfield on the power and magic of metaphor, gorgeous 19th-century plants

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7/4/2021
4 : 4

Rilke on the relationship between solitude, love, sex, and creativity; Emily Dickinson's botany; the science of how the brain forms and frays memories

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6/27/2021
2 : 24

How our loves reveal who we are, an illustrated serenade to aliveness and seeing the world with newborn eyes, and a great forgotten love story

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6/20/2021
4 : 4

Sylvia Plath and the loneliness of love, physicist Alan Lightman on beginnings, endings, and what makes life worth living, and more

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6/13/2021
13 : 4

The ocean and the meaning of life, James Baldwin on love, the illusion of choice and the paradox of freedom, Borges and the blues of knowing ourselves

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6/6/2021
13 : 4

Music, matter, and the mind; how to get over rejection; the chemistry and culture of how we see color

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5/30/2021
13 : 4

Emily Dickinson on love, loss, and how to live with grief; Thoreau on nature and human nature; citizen science, the cosmos, and the meaning of life

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5/23/2021
13 : 4

Sylvia Plath on living with the darkness and making art from the barely bearable lightness of being, Bronson Alcott on gardening and genius, and more

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5/16/2021
13 : 4

Aldous Huxley on love, knowledge vs. understanding, and the antidote to our existential helplessness; Neil Gaiman's tribute to a forgotten visionary

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5/9/2021
10 : 24

Keith Haring on creativity and empathy, how hummingbirds hover between science and magic, the mystery of why NYC became "The Big Apple" 100 years ago

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5/2/2021
10 : 14

Love and symmetry, David Whyte on poetry and silence, the woman who saved the hawks and catalyzed conservation

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