Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."
"I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband. I also cannot speak of him as my lover because to me, he transcends by far the domain of sex." THIS https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/01/22/frida-kahlo-diego-rivera-love/
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.” Nietzsche on how to find yourself and the true value of education: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/09/30/nietzsche-find-yourself-schopenhauer-as-educator/
RT @JonHaidt: Here is @brainpicker doing what she does so well, extracting powerful lessons from classic texts. This time Marcus Aurelius.…
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The story behind Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night" and a rare recording of the poet himself reading it https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/01/24/dylan-thomas-do-not-go-gentle-into-that-good-night/
The science of stress and how our emotions affect our susceptibility to burnout and disease https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/07/20/esther-sternberg-balance-within-stress-emotion/
Weekly highlights: An emotional intelligence primer in the form of a tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love, Marcus Aurelius's key to living fully, and more https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=13eb080d8a315477042e0d5b1&id=8f44637385
For the long weekend: On a Magical Do-Nothing Day — a lovely illustrated ode to the nourishment of nature and the art of solitude in the age of screens https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/12/13/on-a-magical-do-nothing-day/
“Today is very beautiful — just as bright, just as blue, just as green and as white, and as crimson, as the cherry trees full in bloom, and the half opening peach blossoms, and the grass just waving, and sky and hill and cloud, can make it, if they try…” https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/04/18/emily-dickinson-spring/
“Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence… I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.” Emerson, born on this day in 1803, on nonconformity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/04/emerson-masses/
2,000 years later, still a supreme seer: Marcus Aurelius on embracing our mortality and the key to living with presence: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/20/marcus-aurelius-meditations-mortality-presence/
Friday at the National Museum of Mathematics (@MoMath1), physicist and jazz saxophonist @stephstem and legendary jazz drummer @WillCalhounDrum are doing a workshop on math and music https://momath.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=1554&noheader=1 Also see Stephon Alexander's "The Jazz of Physics" https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/03/25/the-jazz-of-physics-stephon-alexander/
For your spring weekend: Gardening and the secret of happiness https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/02/29/robin-wall-kimmerer-braiding-sweetgrass/
My Heart — an emotional intelligence primer in the form of an uncommonly tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/my-heart-corinna-luyken/
“Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary.” On Emerson's birthday, his superb 1837 speech on the life of the mind https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/08/31/emerson-the-american-scholar/
Astounding that such blatant commodification of gender stereotypes remains culturally permissible. (Inside the @kinderus egg “for girls” was an unnaturally proportioned ballerina. Inside the blue default—because male apparently is still the default way of being human—was a car.)
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” Emerson, born on this day in 1803, on self-reliance and what it means to be a nonconformist https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/04/06/emerson-self-reliance/
“I walk because, somehow, it’s like reading.” A literary manifesto for walking as empowerment, emancipation, and a vital form of curiosity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/flaneuse-lauren-elkin/
RT @jonahowenlamb: I particularly liked this line: “Try to wear grey. Mimicry is the defense of individuality, not its surrender. I would a…
Emerson, born on this day in 1803, on resisting the cult of busyness and learning to live with presence – with “the power to swell the moment from the resources of our own heart until it supersedes sun & moon & solar system in its expanding immensity” https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/02/28/emerson-journals-surfaces/
“By all that is sacred in our hopes for the human race, I conjure those who love happiness and truth, to give a fair trial to the vegetable system.” Shelley's prescient case for animal rights and the spiritual rewards of vegetarianism: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/shelley-vegetarianism/
“Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence… I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.” Emerson, born on this day in 1803, on nonconformity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/04/emerson-masses/
My Heart — an emotional intelligence primer in the form of an uncommonly tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/my-heart-corinna-luyken/
“Of all the parts of your body, be most vigilant over your index finger, for it is blame-thirsty. A pointed finger is a victim’s logo.” On Joseph Brodsky's birthday, the commencement address that might just be the greatest commencement address of all time: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/18/joseph-brodsky-speech-at-the-stadium-commencement/
“An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian. His role is to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are.” On this day in 1963, James Baldwin gave his magnificent LIFE Magazine interview: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/24/james-baldwin-life-magazine-1963/
“People have a hard time accepting anything that overwhelms them.” Bob Dylan, who turns 78 today, on the unconscious mind and the ideal environment for creativity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/21/bob-dylan-songwriters-on-songwriting-interview/
My Heart—an emotional intelligence primer in the form of an uncommonly tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/my-heart-corinna-luyken/
Couldn’t agree more with Tracy K. Smith, perhaps the most effective Poet Laureate this country has had: “The right text from the past can say something new if we listen to it in a right way.” @NationalSawdust @LRB
The brilliant mid-century mathematician-turned-philosopher Lillian Lieber on infinity and what it takes to be a finite but complete human being https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/03/30/lillian-lieber-infinity/
Margaret Fuller, whom Emerson considered his greatest influence and who shaped her young nation's taste in literature and art, was born on this day in 1810. Her beautiful letter to her brother about why artists and intellectual laborers ought to get paid: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/margaret-fuller-figuring-2/
Still have chills from Tracy K. Smith's reading from "Life on Mars" at the inaugural #UniverseInVerse three springs ago. Stunning poem about the Hubble Space Telescope, on which her father was one of NASA's first black engineers: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/12/tracy-k-smith-life-on-mars/ https://twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1131334681163653121
LA! On June 3, @amandastern is coming your way for a talk about her magnificent anxiety book, Little Panic (https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/06/20/little-panic-amanda-stern/), at @LastBookstoreLA: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-panic-amanda-stern-in-conversation-with-lisa-edelstein-tickets-60443734838?ref=eios
This is really wonderful: A 17th-century gardener on what trees teach us about human nature and the secret to nurturing relationships https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/06/11/the-spiritual-uses-of-fruit-trees-ralph-austen/
My Heart – an emotional intelligence primer in the form of an uncommonly tender illustrated poem about our capacity for love https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/my-heart-corinna-luyken/
"...no thin Idealist, no coarse Realist, but a [leader] whose eye reads the heavens, while his feet step firmly on the ground, and his hands are strong and dexterous for the use of human implements… a [leader] of universal sympathies, but self-possessed." https://twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1131597913984053248
Margaret Fuller, born on this day in 1810, on what makes a great leader – if only we had matured enough in two centuries to apply this standard to the next election https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/11/05/margaret-fuller-figuring/
“I walk because, somehow, it’s like reading.” A literary manifesto for walking as empowerment, emancipation, and a vital form of curiosity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/flaneuse-lauren-elkin/
“The circulating medium… is abused like all good things, but without it you would not have had your Horace and Virgil.” On why artists and intellectual laborers ought to get paid like other laborers: https://twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1131530468778749952
How to criticize with kindness – philosopher Daniel Dennett on the four steps to arguing intelligently https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/03/28/daniel-dennett-rapoport-rules-criticism/
Pioneering mathematician G.H. Hardy on how to find your purpose and what is most worth aspiring for in a creative life https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/05/13/g-h-hardy-a-mathematicians-apology-ambition/
Margaret Fuller, born on this day in 1810, was one of the most remarkable, underappreciated revolutionaries who ever lived. When I first learned about her, I was galled I'd never heard of her. Her beautiful letter to her brother on the worth of artists: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/23/margaret-fuller-figuring-2/
“I walk because, somehow, it’s like reading.” A literary manifesto for walking as empowerment, emancipation, and a vital form of curiosity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/flaneuse-lauren-elkin/
“Yesterday has already vanished among the shadows of the past; to-morrow has not yet emerged from the future. You have found an intermediate space… a spot where Father Time, when he thinks nobody is watching him, sits down by the way side to take breath.” https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/08/22/nathaniel-hawthorne-the-haunted-mind/
The brilliant, underappreciated Walter Benjamin on the key qualities of the successful person and how to master the art of asking for what you want https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/28/radio-benjamin/
So excited about this @NationalSawdust event tomorrow in partnership with @LRB, curated by poet extraordinaire Paul Muldoon and starring U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith https://nationalsawdust.org/event/paul-muldoons-against-the-grain-featuring-min-jin-lee-tracy-k-smith-and-so-percussion/
“Real isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you.” The Velveteen Rabbit, reimagined with uncommon tenderness by Japanese artist Komako Sakai https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/23/the-velveteen-rabbit-komako-sakai/
Two centuries ago, the poet Shelley was among the first to present a reasoned philosophical argument — as opposed to a purely emotional appeal or political stance — around the ethics of meat consumption. His beautiful, moving case for vegetarianism: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/shelley-vegetarianism/
“I walk because, somehow, it’s like reading.” A literary manifesto for walking as empowerment, emancipation, and a vital form of curiosity: https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/flaneuse-lauren-elkin/
"I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband. I also cannot speak of him as my lover because to me, he transcends by far the domain of sex." THIS https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/01/22/frida-kahlo-diego-rivera-love/
“Those who work much do not work hard.” Thoreau on hard work, the myth of productivity, and the true measure of meaningful labor: https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/10/thoreau-hard-work-efficiency/
The illustrated story of humanitarian hero and pioneering LGBT rights activist Harvey Milk, who would have been 79 today had he not been assassinated for his courageous work https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/10/the-harvey-milk-story/
 
 
 
 
 
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