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Reads tagged with “Design Matters”

Elizabeth Alexander on How Great Artists Orient Themselves to Light of the World
Elizabeth Alexander on How Great Artists Orient Themselves to Light of the World

“Art that speaks to any of us always comes from a very particular place, and then we find ourselves in it in some kind of way.”

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Eileen Myles Reads “For My Rampant Muse, For Her”
Eileen Myles Reads “For My Rampant Muse, For Her”

“I could fall for lamp-light…”

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Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Psychological Paradox of the Sulk
Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Psychological Paradox of the Sulk

“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”

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Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real
Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

“Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society.”

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Oliver Jeffers on the Paradox of Ownership and the Allure of Duality
Oliver Jeffers on the Paradox of Ownership and the Allure of Duality

“We only own something because everybody agrees that we do.”

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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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Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships
Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships

“What makes people good communicators is, in essence, an ability not to be fazed by the more problematic or offbeat aspects of their own characters.”

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Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience
Alison Bechdel on Writing, Therapy, Self-Doubt, and How the Messiness of Life Feeds the Creative Conscience

“It’s by writing… by stepping back a bit from the real thing to look at it, that we are most present.”

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‘Humans of New York’ Founder Brandon Stanton on Serial Obsessions, How to Build a Sensibility, the Dignity-Conferring Power of Listening, and the Value of Time
‘Humans of New York’ Founder Brandon Stanton on Serial Obsessions, How to Build a Sensibility, the Dignity-Conferring Power of Listening, and the Value of Time

“The most valuable resource you have is what you do with your time.”

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How Music Heals the Soul: A Beautiful Conversation with Singer-Songwriter and Peace Activist Morley
How Music Heals the Soul: A Beautiful Conversation with Singer-Songwriter and Peace Activist Morley

“Music is the sound wave of the soul.”

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