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The Interpretation of Leonard Bernstein’s Dreams
The Interpretation of Leonard Bernstein’s Dreams

Freud, Jung, sexual identity, and the creative process.

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Jeanette Winterson on Adoption, Belonging, and How We Use Storytelling to Save Ourselves
Jeanette Winterson on Adoption, Belonging, and How We Use Storytelling to Save Ourselves

“When we write we offer the silence as much as the story. Words are the part of silence that can be spoken.”

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How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition
How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

“The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence but of the coherence of the story that the mind has managed to construct.”

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Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space
Before I Die: A Global Ethnography of Anonymous Aspirations in Chalk and Public Space

“Thinking about death clarifies your life.”

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Naomi Wolf’s Spectacular, No-Bullshit Letter of Advice to Her Younger Self
Naomi Wolf’s Spectacular, No-Bullshit Letter of Advice to Her Younger Self

“Don’t gossip; it makes you untrustworthy. . . . Kindness is everything.”

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French Polymath  Paul Valéry on “The Three-Body Problem”
French Polymath Paul Valéry on “The Three-Body Problem”

“Everything that is masks for us something that might be.”

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