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In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds
In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

Bertrand Russell, Søren Kierkegaard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Susan Sontag, Adam Phillips, Renata Adler, and more.

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The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014
The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

Nabokov’s love letters, Shackleton’s courageous journey, the unsung heroes behind creative icons, Joni Mitchell unbound, and more.

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How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome
How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome

A seven-point blueprint to the dark arts of filling pages.

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Walter Benjamin on Information vs. Wisdom and Storytelling as the Antidote to Death by News
Walter Benjamin on Information vs. Wisdom and Storytelling as the Antidote to Death by News

“The value of information does not survive the moment in which it was new. It lives only at that moment; it has to surrender to it completely and explain itself to it without losing any time. A story is different. It does not expend itself. It preserves and concentrates its strength and is capable of releasing it even after a long time.”

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Walter Benjamin on the Key Qualities of the Successful Person and How to Master the Art of Asking for What You Want
Walter Benjamin on the Key Qualities of the Successful Person and How to Master the Art of Asking for What You Want

“And please believe me when I tell you: successful people are never sore losers.”

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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing
The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

“The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.”

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