Brain Pickings

Reads by Maria Popova

The Bookworm Issue
The Bookworm Issue

The world’s first $430 million book, college admissions on steroids, the little bookshop that took the click-and-mortar universe by storm, agency all-stars, how print may solve the global warming crisis, and why Philly’s 30th Street Station needs the best a man can get. Welcome to The Bookworm Issue.

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This Week…
This Week…

Smurfs on drugs, little kids, a three-way call with McDonald’s and your BFF, where to have the best affair in Zambia, what Einstein and a bunny have in common, and how to butter up your boss for the holidays. Welcome to Brain Pickings.

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Flying with the Future while Mooning the Past
Flying with the Future while Mooning the Past

Air-fueled taxicabs, conspiracy theories, a very special fly, Ryan Seacrest, what L.L. Bean has on Budweiser, the world’s most expensive Phil Collins record, hypersonic travel, and butts. Welcome to The Flying-with-the-Future-while-Mooning-the-Past Issue.

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Special
Special

(in the occasion way, not the euphemistic person way)

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Mmm-Hmmm
Mmm-Hmmm

Invisible furniture, molecular ad cuisine, pricing out the art of living, 1406 ways a photo lens can change your outlook, why the world is 774% friendlier than this time last year, and what Regis Kelly has to do with iTunes’ impending demise.

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In The Spotlight
In The Spotlight

Because, occasionally, stuff comes about that matters more than the latest Facebook widget. Welcome to Brain Pickings Spotlight.

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Gadgetry, Widgetry and You-name-itgetry
Gadgetry, Widgetry and You-name-itgetry

A shirtless Tiger Woods, a very ethical octopus, how the fabric of culture makes a great quilt, why you may be a municipal light fixture, and what possessed 8,058,860 people to hurl sheep at each other.

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Big, Tall and Pushing the Other Dimensions
Big, Tall and Pushing the Other Dimensions

Flat world, 1 million stickies, food that serves itself, mummies, how to pimp your ride Philly style, what virtual reality has to do with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and why parsley is the new Iron Maiden. Welcome to The Big-Tall-and-Pushing-the-Other-Dimensions Issue.

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Sex and Sensibility
Sex and Sensibility

18th century hoaxes, Al Gore’s favorite shopping portal, the U.S. vs. Bulgaria, why we need a brain appreciation day, the world’s most digital fabric pattern, and, oh, hot sex. Welcome to The Sex-and-Sensibility Issue.

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