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The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion
The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion

Nature’s rhythms in masterful paper engineering.

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Oblique Strategies: Brian Eno’s Prompts for Overcoming Creative Block, Inspired by John Cage
Oblique Strategies: Brian Eno’s Prompts for Overcoming Creative Block, Inspired by John Cage

“If a thing can be said, it can be said simply.”

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The Creative Cleft: Joyce Carol Oates on the Divided Self and the “Diamagnetic” Relationship Between Person and Persona
The Creative Cleft: Joyce Carol Oates on the Divided Self and the “Diamagnetic” Relationship Between Person and Persona

“No one wants to believe this obvious truth: The ‘artist’ can inhabit any individual, for the individual is irrelevant to ‘art.’”

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Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser
Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser

Three of history’s greatest geniuses converge around some of the finest satire ever written.

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The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932
The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932

Optimism at the table, or why the dark void of the soul can’t be stuffed with spaghetti.

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William Blake’s Breathtaking Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Over Which He Labored Until His Dying Day
William Blake’s Breathtaking Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Over Which He Labored Until His Dying Day

The sinister and sublime, in transcendent watercolors.

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