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Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist
Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist

“Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.”

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Henry Miller on Writing and Life
Henry Miller on Writing and Life

“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.”

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When Babbage and Dickens Waged a War on Noise
When Babbage and Dickens Waged a War on Noise

How the father of the computer enlisted the greatest Victorian novelist in ridding the streets of sound.

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Susan Sontag on Art: Illustrated Diary Excerpts
Susan Sontag on Art: Illustrated Diary Excerpts

“Art is a form of consciousness.”

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Stendhal on the Seven Stages of Romance and Why We Fall Out of Love: Timeless Wisdom from 1822
Stendhal on the Seven Stages of Romance and Why We Fall Out of Love: Timeless Wisdom from 1822

“To love is to enjoy seeing, touching, and sensing with all the senses, as closely as possible, a lovable object which loves in return.”

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The Best Design Books of 2012
The Best Design Books of 2012

From Marshall McLuhan to Frank Lloyd Wright, or what vintage type has to do with the evolution of iconic logos.

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