Brain Pickings

Reads tagged with “just weird”

Of Lamb: A Children’s Classic Retold for Contrarians
Of Lamb: A Children’s Classic Retold for Contrarians

What baseball player Manny Ramirez has to do with the fourth-best-selling poetry book in America.

read article

Spomenik: Eerie Retrofuturistic Monuments of the Eastern Bloc
Spomenik: Eerie Retrofuturistic Monuments of the Eastern Bloc

The ghosts of communism, or what alien architecture has to do with societal memory and Serbia’s mountains.

read article

Sentimental Value: Shopping for Human Stories on eBay
Sentimental Value: Shopping for Human Stories on eBay

What social psychology has to do with Victorian romance and the official White House gift wrapper.

read article

Green Porno: Isabella Rossellini Celebrates Animal Biology
Green Porno: Isabella Rossellini Celebrates Animal Biology

How dolphins do it, or what the first rule of advertising has to do with expanding the market for biology.

read article

An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches
An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches

What superhuman sprinting has to do with democracy, the power of design and your kitchen sink drain.

read article

Fuzz & Fur: Japan’s Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots
Fuzz & Fur: Japan’s Peculiar Subculture of Fur-Suit Mascots

What ancient Japanese castles have to do with costumed gadget-sellers and the legacy of anime.

read article

Kurt Vonnegut Interviewed on NPR Inside Second Life
Kurt Vonnegut Interviewed on NPR Inside Second Life

What it means to be a man without a country, or what Marx has to do with improving life through technology.

read article

Arthur Conan Doyle, Psychic: Rare Footage from 1930
Arthur Conan Doyle, Psychic: Rare Footage from 1930

What the world’s most analytical detective has to do with exploring the fringes of spiritual life.

read article

The Moby Awards for Best and Worst Book Trailers
The Moby Awards for Best and Worst Book Trailers

What zero-gravity intercourse has to do with the future of information and the fate of the printed page.

read article

Justin Gignac on Idea Envy and Embracing Imperfection
Justin Gignac on Idea Envy and Embracing Imperfection

What the garbage of New York City has to do with monetizing the starving artist archetype.

read article

View Full Site

Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I receive a small percentage of its price, which goes straight back into my own colossal biblioexpenses. Privacy policy.