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Reads tagged with “dogs”

20-Year-Old Lord Byron’s Moving Elegy for His Beloved Dog
20-Year-Old Lord Byron’s Moving Elegy for His Beloved Dog

“To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise; / I never knew but one — and here he lies.”

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The Secret Life of Smell and What Dogs Can Teach Us About Accessing Hidden Layers of Reality
The Secret Life of Smell and What Dogs Can Teach Us About Accessing Hidden Layers of Reality

“To follow animals is to become more attuned to our own existence.”

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Beloved Dog: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Love Letter to Our Canine Companions
Beloved Dog: Maira Kalman’s Illustrated Love Letter to Our Canine Companions

“Dogs … are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend our unconditional love.”

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Why Not to Put a Raincoat on Your Dog: A Cognitive Scientist Explains the Canine Umwelt
Why Not to Put a Raincoat on Your Dog: A Cognitive Scientist Explains the Canine Umwelt

“If we want to understand the life of any animal, we need to know what things are meaningful to it.”

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Animal Madness: How Deciphering Mental Illness in Our Fellow Beings Helps Us Become Better Versions of Ourselves
Animal Madness: How Deciphering Mental Illness in Our Fellow Beings Helps Us Become Better Versions of Ourselves

“To selflessly love another creature is to be open to loving other humans, who are animals as much as pandas, cows, or Shih Tzus.”

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The Greatest Science Books of 2016
The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.

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The Best Art Books of 2015
The Best Art Books of 2015

Urban dogs, underworld dragons, the unseen Peanuts, and every living person in New York.

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Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her
Mister and Lady Day: The Illustrated Story of Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

A tale of loyalty, steak, and unconditional love.

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Growing Older and What Beauty Really Means
Ursula K. Le Guin on Growing Older and What Beauty Really Means

“There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.”

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1,000 Dog Portraits: How a David-vs-Goliath Copyright Nightmare Became an Illustrated Celebration of the Canine Condition
1,000 Dog Portraits: How a David-vs-Goliath Copyright Nightmare Became an Illustrated Celebration of the Canine Condition

The art of making creative lemonade out of legal lemons.

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