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Literary Witches: An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women Writers Who Have Enchanted and Transformed the World
Literary Witches: An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women Writers Who Have Enchanted and Transformed the World

From Sappho to Toni Morrison, an homage to writers who have wielded the power of the mind in language with uncommon virtuosity.

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Vacation and the Art of Presence: Anaïs Nin on How to Truly Unplug and Reconnect with Your Senses
Vacation and the Art of Presence: Anaïs Nin on How to Truly Unplug and Reconnect with Your Senses

“As you swim, you are washed of all the excrescences of so-called civilization, which includes the incapacity to be happy under any circumstances.”

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Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary
Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

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Anaïs Nin on Love and Life, Illustrated
Anaïs Nin on Love and Life, Illustrated

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

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In Pursuit of the Extraordinary: Anaïs Nin Reads from Her Famous Diaries
In Pursuit of the Extraordinary: Anaïs Nin Reads from Her Famous Diaries

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. … I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist.”

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Anaïs Nin on How Reading Awakens Us from the Slumber of Almost-Living
Anaïs Nin on How Reading Awakens Us from the Slumber of Almost-Living

“It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it.”

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Anaïs Nin on Inner Conflict, the Interconnectedness of All Things, and What Maturity Really Means
Anaïs Nin on Inner Conflict, the Interconnectedness of All Things, and What Maturity Really Means

“Any experience carried out deeply to its ultimate leads you beyond yourself into a larger relation to the experience of others.”

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Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940
Anaïs Nin on Reproductive Rights: A Prescient Perspective from 1940

“Motherhood is a vocation like any other. It should be freely chosen, not imposed upon woman.”

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Anaïs Nin on the Elusive Nature of Joy
Anaïs Nin on the Elusive Nature of Joy

“There are so many joys, but I have only known the ones that come like a miracle, touching everything with light.”

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Anaïs Nin on Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook
Anaïs Nin on Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook

“It is in the moments of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately.”

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