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A New and Sweeping Utopia of Life: Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
A New and Sweeping Utopia of Life: Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

An ennobled vision for a world “where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible.”

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Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life
Love, Kindness, and the Song of the Universe: The Night Jack Kerouac Kept a Young Woman from Taking Her Own Life

“I felt his pain deeply, and his beauty, and his knowledge.”

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Tolkien Reads from <em>The Hobbit</em> in Rare Archival Audio from His First Encounter with a Tape Recorder
Tolkien Reads from The Hobbit in Rare Archival Audio from His First Encounter with a Tape Recorder

“He was Gollum — as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes.”

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Lucille Clifton Reads “Won’t You Celebrate With Me”
Lucille Clifton Reads “Won’t You Celebrate With Me”

A glorious ode to claiming one’s belonging in that space between starshine and clay.

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Amanda Palmer’s Extraordinary BBC Open Letter on the Choice to Have a Child as a Working Artist
Amanda Palmer’s Extraordinary BBC Open Letter on the Choice to Have a Child as a Working Artist

“We’re artists — not art factories.”

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Robert Graves on Love and Lust
Robert Graves on Love and Lust

“Love is really a recognition of truth, a recognition of another person’s integrity and truth.”

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