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Wild Ones: What an Obscure Endangered Butterfly Teaches Us About Parenthood and Being Human

<b>Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America</b> (<i>public library</i>) by journalist <b>Jon Mooallem</b> isn’t the typical story designed to make us better by making us feel bad, to scare us into behaving, into environmental empathy; Mooallem’s is …

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

Why We Love: Five Revelatory Books on the Psychology of the Heart

It’s often said that every song, every poem, every novel, every painting ever created is in some way “about” love. What this really means is that love is a central theme, an underlying preoccupation, in humanity’s greatest works. But what exactly <i>is</i> love? How does its mechanism spur such poeticism, …

Stunning Illustrations for Irish Myths and Legends

Irish folklorist and dramatist <b>Lady Augusta Gregory</b> penned some of the most memorable and timeless retellings of tales from Irish mythology. Recently, the Folio Society — makers of such exquisitely crafted books as <i>The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook</i> illustrated by Natacha Ledwidge— resurrected Lady …

The Psychology of How Mind-Wandering and “Positive Constructive Daydreaming” Boost Our Creativity and Social Skills

Freud asserted that daydreaming is essential to creative writing — something a number of famous creators and theorists intuited in asserting that unconscious processing is essential to how creativity works, from T. S. Eliot’s notion of “idea incubation” to Alexander Graham Bell’s “unconscious …

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gown-clad elders to cap-and-gown-clad youngsters, emanating a halo effect of timeless wisdom the rest of us can absorb any day, at any stage of life. On May 20, 1990, <b>Bill Watterson</b>, creator of the beloved <b>Calvin and Hobbes</b> comic strip, …

The Big Feminist BUT: The Caveats of Gender Politics in Comics

<i>“Feminism is too important to be discussed only by academics,”</i> Caitlin Moran wrote in her excellent <i>How to Be a Woman</i> and, indeed, gender politics permeate everything from our language to our capacity for love to our economy to how kids come to see the world. Luckily, Moran’s point comes wonderfully …

Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse: Progressive Vintage Children’s Book Starring a Female Architect

As a lover of exquisite vintage children’s books, especially ones with irreverent messages that encourage creative endeavors and those empowering little girls to transcend confining social expectations, my heart leapt at the 1981 gem <b>Need A House? Call Ms. Mouse</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a lovely story …

Joan Didion on Self-Respect

For the past half-century, <b>Joan Didion</b> (b. December 5, 1934) has been dissecting the complexities of cultural chaos with equal parts elegant anxiety, keen criticism, and moral imagination.<p>From her 1968 essay anthology <b>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</b> (<i>public library</i>) comes “On Self Respect” — a …

Stunning Vintage Illustrations of Don Quixote by Spanish Graphic Design Pioneer Roc Riera Rojas

There must be something in the air about remarkable Spanish illustrations of literary classics. In 1968, Spanish graphic design pioneer <b>Roc Riera Rojas</b> illustrated a special edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ cult 1605-1615 novel <i>Don Quixote</i>, which has since become a prized collector’s item.<p>The …

How To Be a Nonconformist: 22 Irreverent Illustrated Steps to Counterculture Cred from 1968

“Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?,” James Thurber asked in the caption to a 1958 <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon depicting a woman fed up with her artist partner. It remains unknown whether the cartoon itself, or this cultural dismay shared by some of the era’s counterculture thinkers, …

Hemingway’s Ideas of Heaven and Hell: The 26-Year-Old Author’s Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway became good friends, despite their frequently conflicting worldviews and lifestyle choices. Only three years apart, their literary careers paralleled one another and both authors reached worldwide acclaim by the time they were thirty. From the …

Scrap Irony: Irreverent Illustrated Cultural Commentary by Edward Gorey circa 1961

Inimitable mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey — notorious letter-writer, illuminator of day and night, purveyor of mischievous eroticism — had a rare gift for irreverent storytelling and dark humor, so it was only fitting he would parter with poet and satirist Felicia Lamport. Over the course of …

What Elvish, Klingon, and Dothraki Reveal about Real Language & the Essence of Human Communication

Language, Darwin believed, was not a conscious invention but a phenomenon <i>“slowly and unconsciously developed by many steps.”</i> But what makes a language a language? In this short animation from TED Ed, linguist <b>John McWhorter</b>, author of the indispensable <b>The Power of Babel: A Natural History of …

William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision

The latest addition to luminaries’ secret talents in a surprising discipline — including Richard Feynman’s sketches, Dr. Seuss’s wartime propaganda, and Marilyn Monroe’s poetry — comes from none other than <b>William Faulkner</b>. As if it weren’t already pleasantly disorienting to learn that he penned a …

How the Universe Works: Stephen Hawking’s Theory of Everything, Animated in 150 Seconds

Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is among the greatest scientific minds in human history. In this charming animation for <i>The Guardian’</i>s <i>MadeSimple</i> series, UK-based animation studio Scriberia — who also made the wonderful trailer for Oliver Burkeman’s <i>Antidote</i> — condenses …

The Hole Book: Charmingly Illustrated Verses from 1908

Norwegian artist Øyvind Torseter recently brought us <i>The Hole</i> — an exquisitely illustrated existential meditation, incorporating a die-cut hole running through the entire book. It turns out, however, that this wasn’t the first instance of a cover-to-cover hole employed as a storytelling device. More …

The Strange Story of William Faulkner’s Only Children’s Book

As a lover of obscure children’s books by famous authors of grown-up literature, I was delighted to discover <b>The Wishing Tree</b> (<i>UK</i>; <i>public library</i>) by none other than <b>William Faulkner</b> — a sort of grimly whimsical morality tale, somewhere between <i>Alice In Wonderland</i>, <i>Don Quixote</i>, and <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, …

Open House for Butterflies: Ruth Krauss’s Final and Loveliest Collaboration with Maurice Sendak

Beloved children’s author <b>Ruth Krauss</b> (July 25, 1901–July 10, 1993) penned more than thirty books for little ones over the course of her forty-year career, but remains best-known as half of one of the most celebrated author-illustrator duos of all time, the other half being none other than Maurice …

The Wisdom of the Heart: Henry Miller on the Art of Living

<b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) — voracious reader, masterful letter-writer, champion of combinatorial creativity, one disciplined writer — spent a good portion of his career freelancing for various literary periodicals. In April of 1939, <i>Modern Mystic</i> magazine commissioned him to …

Anaïs Nin on Love, Hand-Lettered by Debbie Millman

Revered as one of the most dedicated diarists in literary history, Anaïs Nin has given us a wealth of poetic and poignant meditations on life and the human condition. This first installment in an ongoing collaboration with creative polymath Debbie Millman — whose own poetic and poignant meditations …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …