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Coffee, It’s a Man’s Drink: Esquire’s Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup
Coffee, It’s a Man’s Drink: Esquire’s Vintage Rules for Brewing the Perfect Cup

“No aspect of your cooking skill will bring you greater or more lasting pleasure than the ability to prepare the drink that stimulates wit and digestion.”

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How to Worry Less About Money: Financial Planning Lessons from Goethe
How to Worry Less About Money: Financial Planning Lessons from Goethe

What Goethe can teach us about cultivating a healthy relationship with our finances.

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The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866
The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”

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How to Enjoy Poetry
How to Enjoy Poetry

“Poetry makes possible the deepest kind of personal possession of the world.”

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How To Run Right
How To Run Right

You’ve been doing it wrong — 5 do’s and don’ts.

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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules

“One strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.”

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How to Find Fulfilling Work
How to Find Fulfilling Work

On the art-science of “allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold.”

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George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright
George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright

“The best speakers are those who make their words sound spontaneous even if memorized.”

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How To Sing: A 1902 Illustrated Guide from the Great German Opera Singer Lilli Lehmann
How To Sing: A 1902 Illustrated Guide from the Great German Opera Singer Lilli Lehmann

“It is the artist’s task, through offering his best and most carefully prepared achievements, to educate the public, to ennoble it.”

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How to Read a Poem: “Stored Magic,” Total Transformation, and the Capacity for Creative Wonder
How to Read a Poem: “Stored Magic,” Total Transformation, and the Capacity for Creative Wonder

“True poetic practice implies a mind so miraculously attuned and illuminated that it can form words, by a chain of more-than coincidences, into a living entity.”

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