Category Archives: Books

The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It – Brain Pickings

“Under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Never react … Continue reading

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Insomniac City: Bill Hayes’s Extraordinary Love Letter to New York, Oliver Sacks, and Love Itself – Brain Pickings

“The most we can do is to write — intelligently, creatively, evocatively — about what it is like living in the world at this time.” BY MARIA POPOVA “If you are too much like myself, what shall I learn of … Continue reading

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The day the music ended.

November 10, 2016 There is something sadly synchronistic that we should lose Leonard Cohen in a week that has held up a mirror to democracy in the US and beyond, in which a man who has deliberately and calculatingly fanned the flames … Continue reading

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Max Richter – 2002 Memoryhouse – YouTube

If ever there was music which captures the mood of this November in 2016, Max Richter’s 2002 Memoryhouse is surely it. From climate change occurring at an ever-increasing rate to the Clinton vs Trump debacle of the US election just … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man – Brain Pickings

BY MARIA POPOVA Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at … Continue reading

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The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life – by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity, “world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be … Continue reading

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How Libraries Save Lives – by Maria Povova, Brain Pickings

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the sacredness of public libraries. “If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed,” … Continue reading

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Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books – Mic

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books – Mic.

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Why Books Matter

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
I finished this book last night. I don’t recall another book packing such a punch at the finish. “I felt myself enter Fitzgerald’s language, felt its lilt, its music, carry me away.” Right book.…

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