Brain Pickings

Reads tagged with “documentary”

The Timekeeper: Behind the Scenes of Humanity’s Most Accurate Atomic Clocks, Which Dictate Our Daily Lives
The Timekeeper: Behind the Scenes of Humanity’s Most Accurate Atomic Clocks, Which Dictate Our Daily Lives

“Time is a coordinate that lets us most simply understand the evolution of the universe.”

read article

The Secret Life of the Radio
The Secret Life of the Radio

From Marconi to the microwave, by way of revolutionary technology, legal battles, and magical materials.

read article

Secrets of The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer on Creativity, Anxiety, and Failure
Secrets of The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer on Creativity, Anxiety, and Failure

“Failure is a process… You have to fail over and over and over again to get anything that’s worthwhile.”

read article

Ray Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity
Ray Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity

“You can only go with loves in this life.”

read article

BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution
BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution

“The book is still the most intelligent and interactive data retrieval system which has been devised.”

read article

William S. Burroughs on Creativity
William S. Burroughs on Creativity

“The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.”

read article

Dream of Life: The Ultimate Documentary on the Iconic Artist Patti Smith
Dream of Life: The Ultimate Documentary on the Iconic Artist Patti Smith

“Life isn’t some vertical or horizontal line — you have your own interior world, and it’s not neat.”

read article

Salinger and the Architecture of Personal Mythology
Salinger and the Architecture of Personal Mythology

How “a broken soldier and a wounded soul transformed himself, through his art, into an icon of the twentieth century and then, through his religion, destroyed that art.”

read article

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

“The way people use a place mirrors expectations.”

read article

Massimo Vignelli on the Secret of Great Book Design
Massimo Vignelli on the Secret of Great Book Design

“The grid is the underwear of the book.”

read article

View Full Site

Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I receive a small percentage of its price, which goes straight back into my own colossal biblioexpenses. Privacy policy.