Iulia Marc

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Neil Gaiman Reads “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” His Lovely Present for Bradbury’s 91st Birthday

A touching ode to friendship as a kind of mutual memory.<p><i>“It’s part of the nature of man to start with romance and build to a reality,”</i> <b>Ray Bradbury</b> (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) observed in his forgotten 1971 conversation with Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke about the future of space exploration. …

How the Bit Was Born: Claude Shannon and the Invention of Information

“Information is what our world runs on: the blood and the fuel, the vital principle … transforming every branch of knowledge.”<p><i>“All things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe… Observer-participancy gives rise to information,”</i> the pioneering theoretical …

Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”<p><i>“Be a good steward of your gifts,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon urged in what remains the finest advice on writing I’ve encountered. And yet for …

How to Meditate: An Animated Guide

A simple, assuring invitation into releasing the resistance to one of the most life-expanding practices possible.<p>In his poem about how to meditate, penned decades before neuroscience as we know it, Jack Kerouac described meditation as the way to pump the brain’s “good glad fluid.” Half a century …

Proust on Why We Read

“The end of a book’s wisdom appears to us as merely the start of our own, so that at the moment when the book has told us everything it can, it gives rise to the feeling that it has told us nothing.”<p>How is it that tiny black marks on a white page or screen can produce such enormous ripples in the …

Literature

Explainer, Elucidator, Enchanter: A Gradation of Great Writing

A visual taxonomy to illuminate the difference between information, knowledge, and meaning.<p>In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself struggling to convey the hierarchy of good writing, particularly of good science writing — a hierarchy experienced so concretely in the act of reading …

Keats on the Three Layers of Reality and What Gives Meaning to Human Existence

“Every mental pursuit takes its reality and worth from the ardour of the pursuer.”<p><i>“Reality is what we take to be true,”</i> pioneering physicist David Bohm asserted in 1977. <i>“What we take to be true is what we believe… What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our</i> …

Ursula K. Le Guin on Writing as Falling in Love

“I function only by falling in love: with French and France; with the 15th Century; with microbiology, cosmology, sleep research…”<p>Whosoever has endeavored to bring into the world something substantive that hadn’t existed before — something that adds to the world’s store of truth and beauty, be it a …