Brain Pickings

A collection of 17 posts

Sigh...

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 https://t.co/QDJF9WtZiG pic.twitter.com/mk9N8uvBV1 — 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 "

Trees

I saw this a few days ago http://vintageanchorbooks.tumblr.com/post/113688366199/i-like-trees-because-they-seem-more-resigned-to and it called to mind a Herman Hesse saying I remembered from long ago http://liquid-time-bomb.tumblr.com/post/

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