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June 6, 1917: Edna St. Vincent Millay Almost Gets Banned from Her Own Graduation
June 6, 1917: Edna St. Vincent Millay Almost Gets Banned from Her Own Graduation

“I always said … that I had come in over the fence & would probably leave the same way.”

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Greil Marcus on How the Division of High vs. Low Robs Culture of Its Essence
Greil Marcus on How the Division of High vs. Low Robs Culture of Its Essence

“What art does … is tell us, make us feel that what we think we know, we don’t.”

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14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936
14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

“Writing, to knowledge, is a certified check.”

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How Geography Paved the Way for Women in Science and Cultivated the Values of American Democracy
How Geography Paved the Way for Women in Science and Cultivated the Values of American Democracy

From the ideals of “republican motherhood” to a cure for “the wayward attention of children.”

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You Are Stardust: Stunning Illustrated Dioramas Teaching Kids About the Universe
You Are Stardust: Stunning Illustrated Dioramas Teaching Kids About the Universe

“Every tiny atom in your body came from a star that exploded long before you were born.”

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Heinz Haber, Disney’s Chief Scientist, Explains the Atom in 1957
Heinz Haber, Disney’s Chief Scientist, Explains the Atom in 1957

What Aristotle, Aladdin, and Captain Nemo teach us about the promise of nuclear energy.

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Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning
Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

“When you step away from the prepackaged structure of traditional education, you’ll discover that there are many more ways to learn outside school than within.”

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Anne Sexton’s Report Card
Anne Sexton’s Report Card

“She had little patience for studying; a precocious, headstrong adolescent, she passed the time in math class by writing flirtatious notes to boys.”

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Buckminster Fuller’s Manifesto for the Genius of Generalists
Buckminster Fuller’s Manifesto for the Genius of Generalists

“Only mind can discover how to do so much with so little as forever to be able to sustain and physically satisfy all humanity.”

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Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book
Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book

“Do not dictate to your author; try to become him. Be his fellow-worker and accomplice.”

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