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Three Animators Bring to Life Three Beautiful Readings of Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider”
Three Animators Bring to Life Three Beautiful Readings of Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless Patient Spider”

“And you, O my Soul, where you stand, surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space…”

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A Six-Year-Old’s Advice on Life and Overcoming Fear, Turned into a Heartwarming Movie
A Six-Year-Old’s Advice on Life and Overcoming Fear, Turned into a Heartwarming Movie

Why thinking about pizza can be a potent form of cognitive-behavioral therapy for self-doubt.

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The Rabbit Box: Unusual Vintage Children’s Book for Grownups Celebrates the Mystery of Life and the Magic of Falling in Love
The Rabbit Box: Unusual Vintage Children’s Book for Grownups Celebrates the Mystery of Life and the Magic of Falling in Love

“i waited for you to fall in love with someone else … but you didn’t & now i’m faced with the biggest terror of my life, knowing i am enough even at my worst for you to love me all your life.”

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The Genes of the Soul: Amin Maalouf on Belonging, Conflict, and How We Inhabit Our Identity
The Genes of the Soul: Amin Maalouf on Belonging, Conflict, and How We Inhabit Our Identity

“A person’s identity … is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch just one part of it, just one allegiance, and the whole person will react, the whole drum will sound.”

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Simone Weil on Attention and Grace
Simone Weil on Attention and Grace

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

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The Inner Light of Creativity: Vivian Gornick on How One Blossoms into Being an Artist
The Inner Light of Creativity: Vivian Gornick on How One Blossoms into Being an Artist

“I experienced a joy then I knew nothing else would ever equal. Not an ‘I love you’ in the world could touch it.”

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