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The Great Arab-American Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on Why Artists Make Art
The Great Arab-American Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on Why Artists Make Art

“There is no deeper desire than the desire of being revealed. We all want that little light in us to be taken from under the bushel.”

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A Partnership Larger Than Marriage: The Stunning Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell
A Partnership Larger Than Marriage: The Stunning Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell

“You are like the Great Spirit, who befriends man not only to share his life, but to add to it. My knowing you is the greatest thing in my days and nights, a miracle quite outside the natural order of things.”

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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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Literary Constellations: Astronomy-Inspired Visualizations of the Opening Sentences of Beloved Books
Literary Constellations: Astronomy-Inspired Visualizations of the Opening Sentences of Beloved Books

From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to The Time Machine, data art meets literature.

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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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