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Baudelaire on the Genius of Childhood
Baudelaire on the Genius of Childhood

“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.”

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Composing a Life: Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson on Our False Mythos of Achievement and the Messy, Nonlinear Reality of How We Become Who We Are
Composing a Life: Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson on Our False Mythos of Achievement and the Messy, Nonlinear Reality of How We Become Who We Are

“The knight errant, who finds his challenges along the way, may be a better model for our times than the knight who is questing for the Grail.”

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The Möbius Strip of Remembering and Forgetting: Teju Cole on How the Paradox of Photography Captures the Central Anxiety of Existence
The Möbius Strip of Remembering and Forgetting: Teju Cole on How the Paradox of Photography Captures the Central Anxiety of Existence

“Photography is at the nerve center of our paradoxical memorial impulses: we need it there for how it helps us frame our losses, but we can also sense it crowding in on ongoing experience, imposing closure on what should still be open.”

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Just-Like-That Mind: A Great Zen Teacher on Navigating Loss and Grief
Just-Like-That Mind: A Great Zen Teacher on Navigating Loss and Grief

“Name and form are made by thinking. Water does not say, ‘I am water.’ Steam does not say, ‘I am steam.’”

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Facing the Blank Page: Celebrated Writers on How to Overcome Creative Block
Facing the Blank Page: Celebrated Writers on How to Overcome Creative Block

Wisdom on artistic paralysis from Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, and others.

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Pinocchio: An Alternative Origin Story Exploring the Grandest Questions of Existence
Pinocchio: An Alternative Origin Story Exploring the Grandest Questions of Existence

A lyrical illustrated cosmogony serenading the ephemeral and the eternal.

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