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Kafka on Taoism, the Nature of Reality, and the Truth of Human Life
Kafka on Taoism, the Nature of Reality, and the Truth of Human Life

“Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life. It’s only there that it can be won or lost.”

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The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration
The Rise of Rocket Girls: The Untold Story of the Remarkable Women Who Powered Space Exploration

How a small group of “human computers” upended the gender norms of their day to conquer the cosmos.

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How Music Helps Us Grieve
How Music Helps Us Grieve

“The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.”

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Lenny & Lucy: A Lovely Illustrated Parable of Befriending Change and Transcending Our Fear of the Unknown
Lenny & Lucy: A Lovely Illustrated Parable of Befriending Change and Transcending Our Fear of the Unknown

A gentle reminder that the hostility of the world is in the eye of the beholder and its antidote is openhearted curiosity.

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Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work
Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”

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John Steinbeck on Racism and Bigotry
John Steinbeck on Racism and Bigotry

“I am sad for a time when one must know a man’s race before his work can be approved or disapproved.”

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