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Wonder-Sighting in the Medieval World: Stunning Sixteenth-Century Drawings of Comets
Wonder-Sighting in the Medieval World: Stunning Sixteenth-Century Drawings of Comets

“A comet is … a great clock, ticking out decades or geological ages once each perihelion passage, reminding us of the beauty and harmony of the Newtonian universe, and of the daunting insignificance of our place in space and time.”

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Denise Levertov on Making Art Amid Chaos and the Artist’s Task to Awaken Society’s Sleepers
Denise Levertov on Making Art Amid Chaos and the Artist’s Task to Awaken Society’s Sleepers

“I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock.”

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Art in the Light of Conscience: The Great Russian Poet Marina Tsvetaeva on Loving vs. Understanding and the Paradoxical Psychology of Our Resistance to Ideas
Art in the Light of Conscience: The Great Russian Poet Marina Tsvetaeva on Loving vs. Understanding and the Paradoxical Psychology of Our Resistance to Ideas

“Not to go onwards (in verse, as in everything) means to go backwards — that is, to leave the scene.”

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Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity
Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity

“If we make one criterion for defining the artist… the impulse to make something new… — a kind of divine discontent with all that has gone before, however good — then we can find such artists at every level of human culture, even when performing acts of great simplicity.”

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The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person
The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person

“The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself.”

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16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016
16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016

From loneliness to love to black holes, by way of Neil Gaiman, Annie Dillard, and Mary Oliver.

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