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Ray Bradbury Reads His Poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” in a Rare 1971 Recording
Ray Bradbury Reads His Poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” in a Rare 1971 Recording

“Short man. Large dream. I send my rockets forth / between my ears, / Hoping an inch of Will is worth a pound of years.”

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Adam Gopnik on Darwin’s Brilliant Strategy for Preempting Criticism and the True Mark of Genius
Adam Gopnik on Darwin’s Brilliant Strategy for Preempting Criticism and the True Mark of Genius

“In the back-and-forth of a self-made contest, both sides have a shot.”

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Cézanne’s Only Known Love Letter
Cézanne’s Only Known Love Letter

“Is it not a relief from suffering to be permitted to express it?”

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The Tiger Who Would Be King: James Thurber’s Poignant 1927 Parable of the Destructive Hunger for Power, Reimagined in Stunning New Illustrations
The Tiger Who Would Be King: James Thurber’s Poignant 1927 Parable of the Destructive Hunger for Power, Reimagined in Stunning New Illustrations

A timeless text of acute timeliness, brought to life in a visual masterwork of traditional technique and imaginative ingenuity.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Lost NYU Lecture on What It Takes to Be a Writer, Animated
Kurt Vonnegut’s Lost NYU Lecture on What It Takes to Be a Writer, Animated

“Nothing means anything — except the artist makes his living by pretending, by putting it in a meaningful hole, though no such holes exist.”

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Nicole Krauss’s Beautiful Letter to Van Gogh on Fear, Bravery, and How to Break the Loop of Our Destructive Patterns
Nicole Krauss’s Beautiful Letter to Van Gogh on Fear, Bravery, and How to Break the Loop of Our Destructive Patterns

“Bravery is always more intelligent than fear, since it is built on the foundation of what one knows about oneself: the knowledge of one’s strength and capacity, of one’s passion.”

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