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The Most Generous Book in the World: An Illustrated Celebration of the Little-Known Sidekicks Behind Creative Geniuses


A heartening homage to the wives, mothers, brothers, benefactors, and other quiet champions behind some of history’s most celebrated geniuses.

October 22, 1964: Jean-Paul Sartre Becomes the First Person to Decline the Nobel Prize


“A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word.” Despite its surprisingly dark origin, the Nobel Prize is regarded as the highest honor bestowed upon a human being.

You Have Never Seen the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe on the Shimmering Beauty of the Southwest


“There is something wonderful about the bigness and the lonelyness and the windyness of it all.” When Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887–March 6, 1986) was a little girl, decades before she came to be regarded as America’s first great female artist and became the first woman honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, her other used to read to her history and travel stories every night before bed.

Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark on Trust, Integrity, Human Nature, and Why a Steady Moral Compass Is the Best Investment


“What surprises me, in a way, is how almost universally people are trustworthy and good.” In 2007, Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston set out “to establish a fund of experience that everyone can learn from” by interviewing some of the most successful entrepreneurs at the time — the founders and first employees of such celebrated companies as Apple, PayPal, Flickr, Adobe, and Firefox.

My Favorite Things: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Catalog of Unusual Objects, Memories, and Delight


“Go out and walk. That is the glory of life.” Four decades after Barthes listed his favorite things, which prompted Susan Sontag to list hers, Maira Kalman — one of the most enchanting, influential, and unusual creative voices today, and a woman of piercing insight — does something very similar and very different in her magnificent book My Favorite Things (public library).

Happy Birthday, Ursula Le Guin: Dogs, Cats, and the Human Burdens of Beauty


“There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.” “A Dog is, on the whole, what you would call a simple soul,” T.S.

Happy Birthday, Ursula Le Guin: Dogs, Cats, and the Human Burdens of Beauty


“There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.” “A Dog is, on the whole, what you would call a simple soul,” T.S.

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Time and Gave Rise to the Modern Tyranny of the Clock


How the invisible hand of the clock powered the Industrial Revolution and sparked the Information Age.

Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical: A Minimalist Picture-Book about How We Become Who We Are


A brilliant conceptual graphic story about how we get our stripes of character and identity. It is said that “who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.” But it depends perhaps even more on who loved each other before they came to love us — parenting shapes not only our psychological constitution, from our capacity for fertile solitude to our relationship with achievement, but perhaps most palpably our physical.

Happy Birthday, John Dewey: On War, the Future of Pacifism, and Our Individual Role in Peace


“The present task of the constructive pacifist is to call attention away from the catchwords which so easily in wartime become the substitute for both facts and ideas back to realities.” Philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer John Dewey (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) is one of the most influential minds of the twentieth century.

Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man


A journey to where the semicolon meets the soul. Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”?

A Stocking for a Kitten: Beautiful Vintage Children’s Book Illustrations of Domestic Life in Eastern Europe


Entitlement, empathy, and ethics, with a large helping of grandmotherly love. Every summer during my childhood, my parents would ship me off to my maternal grandmother in rural Bulgaria — a land of colorful rugs and handcrafted pottery and grandmothers constantly knitting mittens and stockings and scarves.

Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius


“Genius gives birth, talent delivers.” “All of us, we’re links in a chain,” Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work.

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde: A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated


“Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas.” Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854–November 30, 1900) was not only the twentieth century’s first pop-culture celebrity, but also arguably the most tragic one — at the height of his literary celebrity, his strong opinions and the socially unacceptable romance behind his exquisite love letters led to a protracted series of trials, the last of which landed Wilde in prison to serve two years of “hard labor” for charges of libel and “gross indecency.” During the trials, Defense Attorney Edward Carson cross-examined 41-year-old Wilde (who, in making a characteristically Wildean complete mockery of the testimony, stated that he was 39 but had “no wish to pose as being young”) about two of his most controversial public texts, particularly a short collection of maxims and aphorisms titled “A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated” — the origin of the famous Wilde remark that Steven Pinker quoted in his excellent modern guide to elegant writing.

Umbrella: A Tender Illustrated Love Letter to Time, Anticipation, and the Art of Waiting by Mid-Century Japanese Artist Taro Yashima


A beautiful and subtle ode to the fleeting moment between a bird and a balloon. Jun Atsushi Iwamatsu (1908–1994) was already a successful artist in Japan when he and his wife, Tamao, also an artist, arrived in New York City in 1939 to study at the esteemed Art Students League.

The History Manifesto: How to Eradicate the Epidemic of Short-Termism and Harness Our Past in Creating a Flourishing Future


A beautiful case for why our flourishing requires that we move from pursuing value to cultivating values.

Happy Birthday, Nietzsche: Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty


A century and a half before our modern fetishism of failure, a seminal philosophical case for its value.

Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms


From breakups to bonuses to bathroom breaks, infographic distillation of the truths and fictions behind stereotypes.

Happy Birthday, Italo Calvino: The Unbearable Lightness of Language, Literature, and Life


“The idea of the world as composed of weightless atoms is striking just because we know the weight of things so well.” One of the most influential and widely beloved authors of the twentieth century, Italo Calvino (October 15, 1923–September 19, 1985) was not only a sage of writing but also a man of piercing insight into such subtleties of existence as the art of asserting oneself with grace, the paradox of America, distraction and procrastination, the trick to lowering one’s “worryability,” and the meaning of life.

Happy Birthday, Hannah Arendt: Memory, the Elasticity of Time, and What Free Will Really Means


“Before we raise such questions as What is happiness, what is justice, what is knowledge, and so on, we must have seen happy and unhappy people, witnessed just and unjust deeds, experienced the desire to know and its fulfillment or frustration.” Since 1888, the annual Gifford Lectures series has aimed “to promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term” by bringing together influential thinkers across science, philosophy, and spirituality — luminaries like William James, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Carl Sagan (whose 1985 lecture was later published as the fantastic posthumous volume Varieties of Scientific Experience).


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