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Schopenhauer on the Power of Music
Schopenhauer on the Power of Music

“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.”

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Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real
Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

“Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society.”

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Patti Smith Reads Her Beautiful Letter to Robert Mapplethorpe About How He Taught Her What It Means to Be an Artist
Patti Smith Reads Her Beautiful Letter to Robert Mapplethorpe About How He Taught Her What It Means to Be an Artist

“You drew me from the darkest period of my young life, sharing with me the sacred mystery of what it is to be an artist.”

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Make This World Worthy of Its Children: Legendary Cellist Pau Casals on JFK, Violence, the Proper Aim of Education, and the Measure of Our Humanity
Make This World Worthy of Its Children: Legendary Cellist Pau Casals on JFK, Violence, the Proper Aim of Education, and the Measure of Our Humanity

“Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again.”

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The Story of How Alice in Wonderland Was Born and Amanda Palmer’s Magnificent Brass Band Cover of “White Rabbit”
The Story of How Alice in Wonderland Was Born and Amanda Palmer’s Magnificent Brass Band Cover of “White Rabbit”

“One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small…”

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How Music Helps Us Grieve
How Music Helps Us Grieve

“The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.”

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Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls
Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls

“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

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Great Writers on the Power of Music
Great Writers on the Power of Music

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

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Anthony Burgess on the Magical Moment He Fell in Love with Music as a Little Boy
Anthony Burgess on the Magical Moment He Fell in Love with Music as a Little Boy

“There is, for everybody, a first time. A psychedelic moment … an instant of recognition of verbally inexpressible spiritual realities, a meaning for the term beauty.”

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Strung Out In Heaven: Amanda Palmer on Patronage vs. Commerce, Art as Non-Ownable Nourishment, and the Story Behind Her Bowie String Quartet Tribute
Strung Out In Heaven: Amanda Palmer on Patronage vs. Commerce, Art as Non-Ownable Nourishment, and the Story Behind Her Bowie String Quartet Tribute

“People don’t trust you without getting to know you and watching you work and seeing you make good on your word.”

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