Brain Pickings

A collection of 17 posts


From a recent Creative Mornings Kickstarter project in which the premium is "tea and conversation with Maria Popova in NYC." Come prepared to discuss ideas, books and the color yellow! I

Democratic Vistas

Walt Whitman on Donald Trump, feminism, and how literature bolsters democracy — Maria Popova (@brainpicker) February 24, 2016

You've Got Mail

Some of the mail was important and personal, not just bills. It was exciting to get a letter: the paper and handwriting told you something, as well as the words. Rebecca Solnit "


I saw this a few days ago and it called to mind a Herman Hesse saying I remembered from long ago

Art and Physics

Via Brain Pickings, Jeanette Winterson on the value of art. What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue