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Book Spine Poetry: The Spark of Love
Book Spine Poetry: The Spark of Love

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Edward Gorey Illustrates Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic Children’s Stories
Edward Gorey Illustrates Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic Children’s Stories

An irreverent take on some of history’s most beloved storytelling.

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Anaïs Nin on Paris vs. New York, 1939
Anaïs Nin on Paris vs. New York, 1939

“The ivory tower of the artist may be the only stronghold left for human values, cultural treasures, man’s cult of beauty.”

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Anatomy of Lying
Anatomy of Lying

“[Lying] is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood.”

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The Calendar as a Meme: A Brief History of Timekeeping
The Calendar as a Meme: A Brief History of Timekeeping

“To be human is to be aware of the passage of time; no concept lies closer to the core of our consciousness.”

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Cheating the Impossible: Wire-Walker Philippe Petit on Education, Creativity, and Patience
Cheating the Impossible: Wire-Walker Philippe Petit on Education, Creativity, and Patience

The art of self-correction and the value of tenacity in a world obsessed with instant results.

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