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Anne Lamott on How We Endure and Find Meaning in a Crazy World

“The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?”<p>We live in a culture of dividedness and fragmentation of the self. When we contemplate what it takes to live a full life, we extol …

Emily Dickinson

A Practical Guide to Owning Fewer Clothes

<i>“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”</i> – Epictetus<p>Consider for just a moment how your life would look different if you …

Minimalism

Ruth Chang: How to Make Hard Choices

“Far from being sources of agony and dread, hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition, …

Being a Better Online Reader

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: …

Learning

How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler

“<i>Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author.<br>It is the highest respect you can pay him.</i>”<br>— <b>Edgar Allen</b> …

Finding Time to Read

There is no question I’m asked more than some variant of <i>“how do you find the time to read so much?</i>”<p>Everyone who looks at my reading list assumes that …

Charlie Munger