Brain Pickings

4/11/2021
14 : 44

Growing through grief, gardening as creative redemption, a simple and powerful Buddhist tangerine meditation for presence, stunning rare butterflies

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4/3/2021
23 : 4

Naomi Shihab Nye's beloved poem "Kindness" animated; Gertrude Stein on writing and belonging; an illustrated celebration of the aurora borealis

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3/27/2021
23 : 4

Our greatest misunderstanding about love; stunning vintage Japanese prints of trees and the Moon; poet Joy Harjo's meditation on landscape and spirit

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3/20/2021
23 : 4

Alan Watts on love, the essence of freedom, and the antidote to fear; Eula Biss on immunity, sanity, and health as communal trust; Newton and trees

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3/13/2021
23 : 4

A visual poem inspired by trees and living with uncertainty, Krista Tippett reads Wendell Berry's poetic antidote to despair, 100-year-old dreamscapes

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3/7/2021
3 : 4

How the science of wintering trees reveals the art of resilience; Calvino on reading and love; Pythagoras & Sappho's revolution of music and the mind

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2/27/2021
23 : 4

Fractals and the hidden order beneath the chaos of life; what the lives of great artists reveal about vulnerability, loneliness, love, and resistance

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2/20/2021
23 : 4

A scientist's advice on healing, in a soulful animated poem about getting to the other side of heartbreak; stunning celestial art from 1750, and more

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2/14/2021
18 : 4

A science Valentine: How snails run for love — a sensual interlude from the symphony of evolution

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2/13/2021
23 : 4

A lost Frida Kahlo love letter; Darwin's greatest heartbreak and our search for meaning in loss; learning to listen to the secret language of nature

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2/6/2021
23 : 4

The decades-old classic is suddenly the ultimate pandemic poem, Jeanette WInterson on how storytelling transforms us, a love story of science

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1/30/2021
23 : 4

Confucius on the 6 steps to good government and happiness, an animated poem celebrating our connection to nature and to each other, Hubble's legacy

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1/23/2021
23 : 4

Loops, language, the paradoxical loneliness of "I love you," and what keeps love alive; Einstein on the political power of art; expressionist science

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1/16/2021
23 : 4

The Blue Hour: stunning illustrated ode to nature's rarest color; pioneering composer and defiant genius Ethel Smyth on making music while going deaf

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1/10/2021
2 : 24

Why we like what we like, an illustrated meditation on how to live with our human fragility, Toni Morrison's recipe for sanity, joy, and self-love

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1/2/2021
21 : 4

The Snail with the Right Heart: A True Story — revealing my children's book, a labor of love years in the secret making

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12/29/2020
20 : 44

Annual special: The best of Brain Pickings 2020, in 20 pieces

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12/26/2020
23 : 4

How to live with our human limitations: physicist Brian Greene reads Rilke; Beethoven on how music saved his life; to be an "Earth ecstatic"

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12/24/2020
20 : 34

A holiday gift: The Universe in Verse 2020 free limited-time rebroadcast

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12/20/2020
3 : 4

The radical act of letting things hurt and how (not) to help a friend in sorrow; the root of our strength in times of crisis; Whitman's ode to life

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