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The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”
The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”

“The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and growth, a process that is the image, we may say, of the life process of a healthy society itself.”

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The Universe in Verse: Complete Show
The Universe in Verse: Complete Show

An evening of poetry celebrating great scientists and scientific discoveries, read by beloved artists, writers, and musicians.

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Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry
Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry

An elegy for time and the mortality of beauty, composed with passionate patience and a sensuous cadence.

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Book Power: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Forgotten 1969 Ode to Why We Read
Book Power: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Forgotten 1969 Ode to Why We Read

“Books feed and cure and chortle and collide.”

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Billy Collins’s Advice to Writers
Billy Collins’s Advice to Writers

“Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration.”

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Power and Tenderness: Robert Penn Warren on Democracy, Art, and the Integrity of the Self
Power and Tenderness: Robert Penn Warren on Democracy, Art, and the Integrity of the Self

“[Art] is the process by which, in imagining itself and the relation of individuals to one another and to it, a society comes to understand itself, and by understanding, discover its possibilities of growth.”

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