Crystal Montgomery

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Enormous Smallness: The Sweet Illustrated Story of E. E. Cummings and His Creative Bravery

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”<p><i>“In a Cummings poem,”</i> Susan Cheever wrote in her spectacular biography of E. E. Cummings, <i>“the reader must often pick his way toward comprehension, which comes, when it does, in a burst of delight and recognition.”</i> Such a burst is what …

Virginia Woolf on Why the Best Mind Is the Androgynous Mind

“In each of us two powers preside, one male, one female… The androgynous mind is resonant and porous… naturally creative, incandescent and undivided.”<p>In addition to being one of the greatest writers and most expansive minds humanity ever produced, <b>Virginia Woolf</b> (January 25, 1882–March 28, 1941) was …

Literature

How We Elevate Each Other: Viktor Frankl on the Human Spirit and Why Idealism Is the Best Realism

“If we take man as he really is, we make him worse. But if we overestimate him … we promote him to what he really can be.”<p>Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor <b>Viktor Frankl</b> (March 26, 1905–September 2, 1997) is a timeless testament to the luminous tenacity of the human spirit. His 1946 …

North Brother Island: Haunting Photographs of the Last Unknown Place in New York City

An otherworldly portrait of the eternal dance between life and death, wilderness and civilization.<p><i>“New York blends the gift of privacy with the excitement of participation,”</i> E.B. White wrote in his timeless love letter to the city. In the middle of the East River between the Bronx and Rikers …

5 Art and Design Projects Inspired by Literary Classics

Art inspires art, often crossing boundary lines in magnificent cross-disciplinary manifestations. As a lover of remix culture and a hopeless bookworm, I revel in the cross-pollination of visual art and literature. Here are five wonderful art and design projects, inspired by literary classics.<p>WAKE …

Jane, the Fox and Me: A Gorgeous Graphic Novel about the Travails of Youth Inspired by Charlotte Brontë

<i>“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality,”</i> Nora Ephron wrote. <i>“If I can’t stand the world I just curl up with a book, and it’s like a little spaceship that takes me away from everything,”</i> Susan Sontag told an interviewer, articulating an experience at …

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: Maya Angelou’s Courageous Children’s Verses, Illustrated by Basquiat

Fear is the enemy of creativity, the hotbed of mediocrity, a critical obstacle to mastering life. Few embody the defiance of fear with greater dignity and grace than reconstructionist Maya Angelou, who has overcome remarkable hardships — childhood rape, poverty, addiction, bereavement — to become …

The History of Philosophy, in Superhero Comics

There is something inescapably alluring about distilling the most complex ideas of philosophy into seemingly simple graphic form, from the <i>Action Philosophers</i> comic series to Open University’s animated thought experiments to those minimalist geometric graphics for major movements in philosophy. Now …

Shakespeare gone surrealist: Dalí’ illustrates Romeo & Juliet – see all 10 extremely rare lithographs here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/14/salvador-dali-romeo-juliet

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, …