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Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About It in a Beautiful, Dramatic Account
Young Hans Christian Andersen Climbs Mount Vesuvius During an Eruption and Lives to Tell About It in a Beautiful, Dramatic Account

“The sea raised its great wings, coal black smoke arose from Vesuvius into the blue sky…”

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Why Look at Animals: John Berger on What Our Relationship with Our Fellow Beings Reveals About Us
Why Look at Animals: John Berger on What Our Relationship with Our Fellow Beings Reveals About Us

“[Animals] are the objects of our ever-extending knowledge.”

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March 28, 1941: Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Letter and Its Cruel Misinterpretation in the Media
March 28, 1941: Virginia Woolf’s Suicide Letter and Its Cruel Misinterpretation in the Media

A humbling reminder that self-righteousness is the enemy of compassion and judging another human being’s private struggle is a disgrace to our own humanity.

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From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley: How Mark Twain Became the Steve Jobs of His Day
From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley: How Mark Twain Became the Steve Jobs of His Day

The power of mischief, timing, and typography.

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The Evolutionary Mystery of Left-Handedness and What It Reveals About How the Brain Works
The Evolutionary Mystery of Left-Handedness and What It Reveals About How the Brain Works

From Medieval sword-fighters to Broca’s brains, or why the hand may hold the key to the link between creativity and mental illness.

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Viktor Frankl on the Art of Presence, the Soul-Stretching Capacity of Suffering, and How to Persevere in Troubled Times
Viktor Frankl on the Art of Presence, the Soul-Stretching Capacity of Suffering, and How to Persevere in Troubled Times

“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer… his unique opportunity lies in the way he bears his burden.”

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