Brain Pickings

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For 15 years, Maria Popova has been spending hundreds of hours following and sharing her curiosity.
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Essential Life-Learnings from 14 Years of Brain Pickings
Antidotes to Fear of Death: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Astronomer and Poet Rebecca Elson’s Stunning Cosmic Salve for Our Creaturely Tremblings of Heart
Yes to Life, in Spite of Everything: Viktor Frankl’s Lost Lectures on Moving Beyond Optimism and Pessimism to Find the Deepest Source of Meaning
Seasons in a Pandemic: Mary Shelley on What Makes Life Worth Living and Nature’s Beauty as a Lifeline to Regaining Sanity
Creativity in the Time of COVID: Zadie Smith on Writing, Love, and What Echoes Through the Hallway of Time Suddenly Emptied of Habit
I Long to Read More in the Book of You: Moomins Creator Tove Jansson’s Tender and Passionate Letters to the Love of Her Life
Bloom: A Touching Animated Short Film about Depression and What It Takes to Recover the Light of Being
The Cosmic Miracle of Trees: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests
Standing on the Shoulders of Solitude: Newton, the Plague, and How Quarantine Fomented the Greatest Leap in Science
Nick Cave on Living with Loss and the Central Paradox of Grief as a Portal to Aliveness
Walt Whitman on What Makes a Great Person and What Wisdom Really Means
Singularity: Marie Howe’s Ode to Stephen Hawking, Our Cosmic Belonging, and the Meaning of Home, in a Stunning Animated Short Film
The Radical Act of Letting Things Hurt: How (Not) to Help a Friend in Sorrow
Octavia Butler on How (Not) to Choose Our Leaders
The Spirit of the Woods: Poet and Painter Rebecca Hey’s Gorgeous 19th-Century Illustrations for the World’s First Encyclopedia of Trees
What It Takes to Grow Up, What It Means to Have Grown
The Osbick Bird: Edward Gorey’s Tender and Surprising Vintage Illustrated Allegory About the Meaning of True Love
A Lifeline for the Hour of Despair: James Baldwin on 4AM, the Fulcrum of Love, and Life as a Moral Obligation to the Universe
How an Artist is Like a Tree: Paul Klee on Creativity
How to Live and How to Die