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13-Year-Old Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Prejudice, Its Antidote, and the Five Documents That Shaped Humanity

1 day ago

“No one can feel free from danger and destruction until the many...

Proust on the Essence of Creativity and the Hallmark of Artistic Genius

4 days ago

“Genius [consists] in reflecting power and not in the intrinsic quality of...

Of Owls and Roses: Mary Oliver on Happiness, Terror, and the Sublime Interconnectedness of Nature

13 days ago

“The world where the owl is endlessly hungry and endlessly on the...

The Mountain and the Meaning of Life: René Daumal’s Alpine Allegory of Courage and the Measure of Wisdom

19 days ago

“There is an art to finding your way in the lower regions...

Artist Maira Kalman Illustrates the Extraordinary Love Story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

24 days ago

“This is a love story. You know. How two people, joined together...

Octavia Butler on How (Not) to Choose Our Leaders

29 days ago

“To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all...

Neuroscientist David Eagleman on How the Physiology of Drug Withdrawal Explains the Psychology of Heartbreak and Loss

29 days ago

“The difference between predictions and outcomes is the key to understanding a...

Sometimes: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Stunning Meditation on Walking into the Questions of Our Becoming

about 1 month ago

An invitation into the transcendent disquietude of those stirrings “that can make...