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Walk Through Walls: Marina Abramović on Art, Fear, Taking Risks, and Pain as a Focal Lens for Presence

“Art must be life — it must belong to everybody.”<p><i>“To make use … of the sufferings that chance inflicts upon us is better than inflicting discipline upon oneself,”</i> Simone Weil wrote in contemplating how to make use of our suffering shortly before her untimely, heroic death in 1942. Weil, perhaps the …

Literature

Trailblazing Philosopher Susanne Langer on the Purpose of Art, How It Works Us Over, and How Abstract Thinking Gives Shape to Human Emotion

“In the history of language, in the growth of human understanding, the principle of metaphorical expression plays a vastly greater role than most people realize. For it is the natural instrument of our greatest mental achievement — abstract thinking.”<p>The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in what remains a …

Paul Gauguin

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 …

Writing

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

Fluid reflections on keeping a solid center.<p>I remember my first awareness of mortality as a child in Bulgaria. I was nine and my father was relaying an anecdote from his youth. I asked him when it had taken place. With unconcerned casualness, he replied: <i>“About a decade ago.”</i> I was astonished that …

Creativity

The Daily Stoic: Timeless Wisdom on Character, Fortitude, Self-Control, and the Art of Living from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius

“Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe.”<p>Few words have been more corrupted by appropriation and misuse than the modern derivative of the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. Today, <i>stoic</i> is a word rendered vacant of the original quest for …

Bertrand Russell

Meditation Teacher Sharon Salzberg on What Compassion Really Means and How We Can Train Our Attention Toward It

How a continuing sense of mutual discovery creates the opening to true compassion.<p><i>“Love,”</i> wrote the psychologist-turned-artist Anne Truitt in her insightful mediation on compassion, humility, and the cure for our chronic self-righteousness, <i>“is the honoring of others in a way that grants them the</i> …

Mindfulness

The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”<p><i>“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,”</i> the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless …

Creativity

Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition

“The question whether thought has any meaning at all constitutes the same unanswerable riddle as the question for the meaning of life.”<p>Art and science, despite their significant creative sympathies, have undeniably different roles in the human experience. But the question of what those differences …

Aesthetics

Truth Beyond Logic and Time Beyond Clocks: Janna Levin on the Vienna Circle and How Mathematician Kurt Gödel Shaped the Modern Mind

“The past does not exist except as a threadbare fragment in the weaker minds of the many.”<p>If it is true — and true it is — that creativity blooms when seemingly unrelated ideas are cross-pollinated into something novel, then its most fecund ground is an environment where minds of comparable caliber …

Alan Turing

Do: Sol LeWitt’s Electrifying Letter of Advice on Self-Doubt, Overcoming Creative Block, and Being an Artist

“You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool.”<p><i>“The great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together,”</i> Vincent van Gogh wrote in contemplating principles, talking vs. doing, and the human pursuit of …

Literature

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 …

Jack Kerouac

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Powered Early Space Exploration

A heartening testament to “the triumph of meritocracy” and to the idea that “each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us.”<p><i>“No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?”</i> astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for …

Women in Science

Facing the Blank Page: Celebrated Writers on How to Overcome Creative Block

Wisdom on artistic paralysis from Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, and others.<p><i>“To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,”</i> Picasso proclaimed in contemplating how creativity works and where ideas come from. He is, of course, Picasso — it may be …

Creative Writing

How to Begin Each Day: A Recipe for Unshakable Sanity and Inner Peace from Marcus Aurelius

A perspective-shifting lens for your exasperating daily interactions with unpleasant people.<p><i>“Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself,”</i> the wise and wonderful Parker Palmer counseled the young in his superb Naropa Unviersity commencement …

Richard Feynman