From Descartes to Curie to the Oxford English Dictionary, a biblio-anatomy of an unrepeatable mind. A Galileo of the mind and a Goethe of medicine, Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) considered
“Goethe … peered into the mysteries of human existence with a hope of solving the imponderables that hold the lives of men enmeshed.” “Why not take advantage of those antidotes to civilization, good books?
“If I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.” As an ardent lover of love letters, I have encountered few exemplars of the genre more
“He turned to quill and paper, for so he could arrange, in the necessary silence, the abundant inadequacies of life, as a laying-out of jewels — jewels with a will to decay.” Djuna Barnes might be celebrated
“We are all tethered to our social worlds by invisible but steel strong wires.” Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out,
From Earth’s largest-hearted creature to the interconnectedness of the universe, by way of Einstein and artificial intelligence. “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time,” E.B. White
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“Our lived lives might become a protracted mourning for, or an endless tantrum about, the lives we were unable to live. But the exemptions we suffer, whether forced or chosen, make us who we are.” “In
Down the rabbit hole in enchanting reimaginings. On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell.
On Being Too Much for Ourselves: Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on Balance and the Necessary Excesses of Life
“There are situations in which it is more dangerous to keep your balance than to lose it.” “Something is always born of excess,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in June of 1945 as she contemplated the value