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The Philosophy of Immortality
The Philosophy of Immortality

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

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David Foster Wallace on Ambition, Animated
David Foster Wallace on Ambition, Animated

“If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.”

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Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppet Magazine
Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppet Magazine

“To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.”

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Iconic Designer Massimo Vignelli on Intellectual Elegance, Education, and Love
Iconic Designer Massimo Vignelli on Intellectual Elegance, Education, and Love

“Intellectual elegance [is] a mind that is continually refining itself with education and knowledge. Intellectual elegance is the opposite of intellectual vulgarity.”

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The Daily Routines of Great Writers
The Daily Routines of Great Writers

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

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Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration
Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration

“Relationships are our greatest learning experiences.”

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Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death
Jackson Pollock on Art, Labels, and Morality, Shortly Before His Death

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

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Illustrator Sophie Blackall on Subversive Storytelling, Missed Connections, and Optimism
Illustrator Sophie Blackall on Subversive Storytelling, Missed Connections, and Optimism

What Aldous Huxley’s misogyny has to do with children’s books, darkness, and modern love.

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Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Public vs. Private Happiness, and the Creative Process
Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Public vs. Private Happiness, and the Creative Process

“No one’s fated or doomed to love anyone. The accidents happen.”

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Building Stories: Cartoonist Chris Ware Explores the Architecture of Being Human
Building Stories: Cartoonist Chris Ware Explores the Architecture of Being Human

What the inner life of a brownstone reveals about empathy, gender, and the human condition.

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