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The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention
The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention

“In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.”

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Arthur Schopenhauer on the Relationship Between Genius and Madness and How Memory Mediates the Blurry Line Between Sanity and Insanity
Arthur Schopenhauer on the Relationship Between Genius and Madness and How Memory Mediates the Blurry Line Between Sanity and Insanity

“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure, as an abnormal development, disposes to madness.”

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100 Days of Overthinking: An Illustrated Diary of Mental Meanderings
100 Days of Overthinking: An Illustrated Diary of Mental Meanderings

A visual serenade to presence and a lamentation of how we continually eject ourselves from it.

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The Power of Perception and Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality
The Power of Perception and Critical Imagination: Alfred Kazin on Embracing Contradiction and How the Sacredness of Human Attention Shapes Our Reality

“The day, the living day, the actual moment, the pang of real life, — to be faithful to this, one must always pay attention, one must never dismiss anything a priori as too trivial.”

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Geoff Dyer on the Paradoxical Rewards of Our Capacity for Disappointment
Geoff Dyer on the Paradoxical Rewards of Our Capacity for Disappointment

“When I am no longer capable of disappointment the romance will be gone: I may as well be dead.”

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective… We are in this together, this accumulation of scars… What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity.”

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