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Maria Popova
Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."
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Maria Popova 3h
How, 150 years ago this year, Mendeleev came up with his revolutionary periodic table in a dream
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Maria Popova 3h
My beloved friend Emily would have been 75 today. I miss her every day. This poem is one of the great gifts she gave me:
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Maria Popova 3h
“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” Leonard Cohen on creativity:
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Maria Popova 4h
The invention of zero – how ancient Mesopotamia created the mathematical concept of nought and ancient India gave it symbolic form
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Mary Ford Neal 11h
Oh my goodness, so much wisdom in this whole list, but number 13 is so painfully beautiful. 👇 13 Life-Learnings from 13 Years of Brain Pickings via
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Maria Popova 8h
“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.” From Susan Sontag, still some of the finest words to write and live by:
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Maria Popova 9h
David the Dreamer – extraordinary 1922 philosophical children's book, illustrated by Freud's proto-trans niece Tom
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Maria Popova 12h
Brain Pickings turns 13 today. (Where does the time go?) Here are the 13 most important things I've learned about life these 13 years:
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Maria Popova Oct 22
“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars—pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.” Gorgeous read from nearly a century ago:
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Maria Popova Oct 22
“The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation… Never to get lost is not to live.” A Solnit classic I keep returning to
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Maria Popova Oct 22
“A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word.” 55 years ago today, Sartre became the first person to decline the Nobel Prize. His magnificent explanation of why
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Maria Popova Oct 22
“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” Vonnegut's 8 tips on how to write a great story:
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Maria Popova Oct 22
“We are never as kind as we want to be, but nothing outrages us more than people being unkind to us.” Wonderful read on how kindness became our forbidden pleasure – and how to reclaim it
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Maria Popova Oct 22
BBC/Berkeley study finds the obvious: Watching nature documentaries effects "real happiness" Of course, Thoreau knew this: “In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean.”
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Maria Popova Oct 22
Iris Murdoch on imperfection as an integral part of goodness and how the beauty of nature and art invites "unselfing" – a lovely notion
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Maria Popova Oct 22
Come! It is going to be magical. Full info here:
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Maria Popova Oct 22
How nature works, in stunning psychedelic illustrations of scientific processes and phenomena from a 19th-century French physics textbook
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Maria Popova Oct 22
The light of this world, the beauty of it — so much a matter of timing and perspective.
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Tanya Shadrick Oct 21
Reminded me to read again the great Ursula Le Guin piece ‘I am a man..’ where she does a great riff on Hemingway and gendered use of punctuation. (screenshots from ; )
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Oxfam Hay Team Oct 21
No apologies for a second literary anniversary of the day when it’s the brilliant Ursula Le Guin via the lovely
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