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The Telling: An Unusual and Profound 1967 Manifesto for Truth

“The task of truth is divided among us, to the number of us… We must grasp the Subject with the tongs of our individual littleness; take the measure of it with what we are.”<p><i>“Teller and listener, each fulfills the other’s expectations,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her beautiful meditation on the …

Ursula K. Le Guin

10+ Comics That Sum Up My Life As An Adult

I'm Caitlin Quijano. In my mid-twenties, I got hit with a quarter-life crisis of epic proportions.<p>I started making comics with a unique take on …

29 Museum-Worthy Tattoos Inspired by Art History

Great works of art are timeless, transcending the artists who created them. Think about paintings like Da Vinci’s <i>Mona Lisa</i> or Van Gogh’s <i>Starry Night</i>—they’re permanently embedded into our memories. Their beauty and cultural significance inspires us in our everyday lives and often in ways you might …

Art History

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

<i>Creative Commons image by Rob Bogaerts, via the National Archives in Holland</i><p>One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions …

Amid climate change, small-scale farmers find merit in traditional techniques

Many small farmers are using natural methods to improve the soil and protect against pests. 'We can feed our people,' one says.<p>Rome — Like many …

Farming

20+ Art History Tweets That Prove Nothing Has Changed In 100s Of Years

Art aficionados like to pretend that there's a very specific and complex science behind interpreting paintings. But as these humorous tweets reveal, …

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective… We are in this together, this accumulation of scars… What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity.”<p><i>“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,”</i> artist Louise Bourgeoise …

Alain de Botton on Love, Vulnerability, and the Psychological Paradox of the Sulk

“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”<p><i>“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,”</i> Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother. <i>“Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those</i> …

Relationships

Vibrant Color Palette Combos Take Colors From the World to Inspire Creativity

With its vast collections of images, photo filters, free icon and shape elements, and fonts, Canva allows users around the globe to create sleek graphics and presentations through its online app—no design degree required. The company's Senior Graphic Designer, Poppie Pack, shares a variety of savvy …

John Cage’s Intensely Beautiful Love Letters to Merce Cunningham

“i would like to measure my breath in relation to the air between us.”<p>Composer, writer, artist, and Zen Buddhist <b>John Cage</b> (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992) pioneered the aesthetics of silence, but he was animated by a clamorous inner life. When he was twenty-two, while dating another young man, …

Literature

Taiwan's Aborigines Hope A New President Will Bring Better Treatment

On a busy Taipei street corner, students in tribal tunics, bare feet and temporary facial tattoos are taking part in an impromptu ceremony.<p>The students, aboriginals at National Taiwan University, line up and shout out their names and the names of their tribes. Recounting their hardships, some of …

China

Wait: Galway Kinnell’s Beautiful and Life-Giving Poem for a Young Friend Contemplating Suicide

“Be there to hear … the flute of your whole existence…”<p><i>“To decide whether life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy,”</i> Albert Camus famously wrote — a statement that has only swelled in intellectual notoriety and spiritual significance in the half-century since. But …

Literature

Dad Creates Colorful Minimalist Posters to Help His Young Daughter Expand Her Vocabulary

London-based graphic designer Mick Watson of Smart Giant has created a colorful collection of prints that consist of various difficult words coupled with simple visual components. The ongoing project, known as <i>The Graphic Dictionary of Interesting Words</i>, reveals the meaning of complex and often …

Graphic Design

This Tweeter Posts Color Palettes From Famous Movie Scenes

The recent success of Oscar-winning movie "The Artist" proved that black and white films can still compete with those shot in color, but these days …

Speaking Truth to Power and the Value of Counterpoints: Madeleine Albright’s Surprising Commencement Address

“We should use our opinions to start discussions, not to end them.”<p>As I was preparing to deliver my Annenberg commencement address, restlessness of a very different kind and caliber was taking place on the other side of the country.<p>When Scripps Women’s College announced that former Secretary of …

Ursula K. Le Guin

Geometric Glass Planters Combine an Industrial Aesthetic with Lush Nature

With spring quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to add a terrarium to your home. Istanbul-based Etsy shop Waen crafts geometric glassware that adds a modern touch to a conventional planter. Dodecahedrons, icosidodecahedrons, teardrops, diamonds, and other angular, multi-sided shapes form …

Crafting

Artist Colorizes Old Black & White Photos Making History Come To Life (20+ Pics)

When we think of the past, we often think of it in black and white. After all, most pictures that we've seen from the first half of the 20th Century …

Havelock Ellis on the Function of Taboos, Their Vital Role in Community, and How They Bolster the Discipline of Compassion

“Life is livable because we know that wherever we go most of the people we meet … will allow us the same or nearly the same degree of freedom and privilege that they claim for themselves.”<p>The English physician, writer, and social reformer <b>Havelock Ellis</b> (February 2, 1859–July 8, 1939) possessed a …

Alan Turing

What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

“It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person.”<p><i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, <i>“is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch</i> …

American Philosophy

Frida Kahlo on How Love Amplifies Beauty: Her Breathtaking Tribute to Diego Rivera

“I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow.”<p>As artists, <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) and <b>Diego Rivera</b> (December 8, 1886–November 24, 1957) each possessed boundless talent bolstered by an unbending will. As partners, they possessed each other with a …

Art History

Most Interesting Facts About Hinduism You May Not Know

The world’s 3rd largest religion closely following Christianity and Islam is Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s oldest known religion and originally …

Hinduism

Heraclitus Quotes

Quotations and aphorisms by Heraclitus:<p>Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one …

New Research Suggests That Earth Is Actually Made Of Two Planets

New research about an early Earth collision is changing the theory of how the Earth and Moon were formed. Image Source: Wikipedia (en)New research …

Earth Science

Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

<b>Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.</b><p>Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.<p>They found …

Stop Saying “Sorry” And Say “Thank You” Instead

Unless you’re Canadian, you’re not doing anyone any favors by saying “sorry” all the time. New York based artist Yao Xiao takes this a step further …

Burma's Ethnic Minorities Seek Equality and Greater Autonomy in Landmark Elections

The Shan Hills, rising from the Burmese lowlands toward China, are crammed with ethnic groups that have long chafed against any centralized …

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Linguistics

The World’s Most Musical Languages

Why one syllable spoken at different pitches can have seven meanings<p>People don’t generally speak in a monotone. Even someone who couldn’t carry a tune if it had a handle on it uses a different melody to ask a question than to make a statement, and in a sentence like “It was the first time I had …

Linguistics

81-Year-Old Woman, Last Fluent Speaker of Her Language, Learns to Type to Make a Dictionary

Marie Wilcox, an octogenarian Native American woman from the San Joaquin Valley in California, was born on Thanksgiving in 1933; she grew up in a …

Thunder & Lightning: An Extraordinary Illustrated Celebration of the Weather and Its Role in the Human Experience

Elemental enchantment at the intersection of art, science, and storytelling.<p><i>“Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer,”</i> E.B. White wrote in his elevating letter of assurance to a man who had lost faith in humanity, adding: <i>“I guess the same is true of</i> …

Aesthetics