Angelique Kamsteeg

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Kafka’s Beautiful and Heartbreaking Love Letters

“I belong to you… But for this very reason I don’t want to know what you are wearing; it confuses me so much that I cannot deal with life.”<p><i>“Relationships are probably our greatest learning experiences,”</i> a wise woman once said, echoing Rilke’s memorable proclamation that love is <i>“perhaps the most</i> …

The People’s Platform: An Essential Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Cultural Commons in the Age of Commerce

“We are embedded beings who create work in a social context, toiling shared soil in the hopes that our labor bears fruit. It is up to all of us whether this soil is enriched or depleted, whether it nurtures diverse and vital produce or allows predictable crops to take root and run rampant.”<p>C.S. …

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Swami Vivekananda on the Secret of Work: Intelligent Consolation for the Pressures of Productivity from 1896

In December of 1895, the renowned Indian Hindu monk and philosopher <b>Swami Vivekananda</b>, then in his early thirties, traveled to New York, rented a couple of rooms at 228 West 39th Street, where he spent a month holding a series of public lectures on the notion of <i>karma</i> — translated as <i>work</i> — and …

Where You Are: Cartography as Wayfinding for the Soul

Humanity has had a long and obsessive relationship with maps as sensemaking tools serving such diverse purposes as propaganda, imaginative interpretation, emotional memory, and timekeeping. Far from the precise navigational tools they once were, maps have now blossomed into masterworks of artful …

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows …

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows …

Edgar Allan Poe on the Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character

<i>“Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author,”</i> Mortimer Adler wrote in his timeless 1940 meditation on marginalia as the yin-yang of reading and writing, adding: <i>“Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the</i> …

How Attractive Are You To The Opposite Sex? Esquire’s 1949 Questionnaire

Somewhere between the time women stopped being chastised for wearing pants and riding bicycles and the time they began hacking their way to true love, women were building the atomic bomb in secret, but mainstream society had cut the ribbon on the era of the arm-candy babe. From <b>Esquire’s Handbook</b> …

Echoviren / Smith | Allen

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Smith|Allen participated in the Project 387 Residency, located in Mendocino Country from August 4-18, …

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

On March 15, 1884, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 20, 1910) wrote in his diary:<p>I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.<p>So he set out to compile “a wise thought for every …

Harry Clarke’s Haunting 1919 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Somewhere between Henry Holiday’s weird paintings for Lewis Carroll and Edward Gorey’s delightfully grim alphabet fall Harry Clarke‘s hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunting 1919 illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s <i>Tales of Mystery and Imagination</i> — a collection of 29 of Poe’s tales of the …

Synesthesia and the Poetry of Numbers: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet on Literature, Math, and Empathy, by Way of Borges

<b>Daniel Tammet</b> was born with an unusual mind — he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome, which meant his brain’s uniquely wired circuits made possible such extraordinary feats of computation and memory as learning Icelandic in a single week and reciting the number pi up to the …

Pictures from Italy: A Whimsical Early Travelogue by Dickens, Newly Illustrated

In the 1840s, young <b>Charles Dickens</b> traveled to Italy and France with his family, recording the experience in a lesser-known early work that was part travelogue, part imaginative fairy tale. Now, Indian independent publisher Tara Books — whose exquisite handmade gems and whimsical children’s …

Can Sustainability Be Taught? Should It Be?

The Architects' Journal recently published an article pitting five competing views of teaching sustainability against one another. The opinions come …

A Retired Chemistry Teacher Merges Art and Science by Sculpting Porcelain Objects Inspired by Molecules | Colossal

<p>Educator, scientist and artist Bobby Jaber retired from teaching chemistry over 20 years ago and decided to dedicate the next chapter of his life to …

Marguerite Duras on Immortality, Life & the Art of Seeing, Illustrated

“<i>Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie,</i>” Stephen King proclaimed, and a beacon of this conviction is <b>The Lover</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a short and stirring 1984 autobiographical novel by <b>Marguerite Duras</b>, with a cover as iconic as the book itself, designed by the inimitable Louise …

Love and Art: The Secret to a Romantic Relationship That’s Also a Creative Collaboration

If you, like me, thought it wasn’t possible to admire the writer-illustrator battery of genius behind the recent gem <i>Lost Cat</i> any more, you’re about to be, like I was, promptly proven wrong. In a recent episode of her award-winning <i>Design Matters</i> radio show, interviewer extraordinaire and Renaissance …

Top tips for responsible travel in Aboriginal Australia

In the rush of excitement to see the world's best sights one can sometimes forget to acknowledge their sanctity. This is certainly true in Central Australia, where most of the top tourist magnets, like Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), have their significance anchored in ancient …

The Mapdwell Project: Determining Optimal Solar Power on Rooftops

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort of researchers, academics, and professionals from MIT from a range of fields - design, building …

Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & Associates

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This project is the result of the union between history and architecture, water and light, city and …

DOM(E) / NRJA

DOM(E) is an off the grid prefab home designed to provide comfort whether you’re living in the frigid Russian taiga or enjoying the sun somewhere in …

Proust, Lost in Translation

The first volume of Marcel Proust’s <i>In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way</i> was published almost exactly a hundred years ago. Its opening lines make one thing inescapably apparent: Proust’s style is inimitable; there is much more to it than long sentences, pauses for reminiscence and brittle cookie …

Freud on Creative Writing and Daydreaming

<i>“Writing is a little door,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. <i>“Some fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won’t come through.”</i> <b>Sigmund Freud</b> (May 6, 1856–September 23, 1939) — a key figure in the making of consumer culture, deft architect of his own myth, modern plaything — set out to peek through …

Philographics, Illustration Series Depicts Philosophical Theories as Simple Graphics

Complex philosphical theories are represented by simple graphics in the “Philographics” series (Part I and Part II) by Spanish graphic designer Genís …