Brain Pickings

A collection of 17 posts

Poetry and Baking

Maria Popova spies John Keats combining the two. > “The best of Men have… a kind of spiritual yeast in their frames which creates the ferment of existence — by which a Man is propell’

Eliot on aging

> “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” George Eliot died 140 years ago today, leaving us some tremendous literature and her lived lesson in why we grow

What might have been

> View this post on Instagram [] Okay, now for a small, coruscating delight: face masks featuring centuries-old astronomical art and natural

You are a marvel

Late for his birthday

> “Every walk is a sort of crusade.” Thoreau, born on this day in 1817, on the spirit of sauntering and the perils, both bodily and spiritual, of a sedentary lifestyle

What our forebears foresaw

Lincoln, just called to my attention by Quinta Jurecic [