One of history’s most beloved children’s illustrators tackles one of history’s most loathsome subjects.
“We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.” Kurt Vonnegut endures not only as one of the most beloved writers of the past century, but also as a kind of modern sage, with wisdom ranging from his insight on the shapes of stories to his 8 rules for writing with style to his life-advice to his children.
“The truth is, rarely can a response make something better — what makes something better is connection.” In 2010, shame and empathy researcher Dr.
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“Everything is naturally related and interconnected.” Science and religion have long been pitted as diametric opposites, and yet some of humanity’s greatest minds have found in science itself a rich source of spirituality — there’s Albert Einstein’s meditation on whether scientists pray, Richard Feynman’s ode to the universe, Carl Sagan on the reverence of science, Bucky Fuller’s scientific rendition of The Lord’s Prayer, Richard Dawkins on the magic of reality, and Isaac Asimov on science and spirituality.
Young Mark Twain’s lost gem, the universe in illustrated dioramas, Maurice Sendak’s posthumous love letter to the world, Kafka for kids, and more treats for all ages.
We are all stardust. As a lover of books, papercraft, and the universe (and, especially, papercraft books about the universe), I was instantly smitten by this lovely music video for the song “Connected” by singer-songwriter Luke Dick, from his album Abraço (iTunes) — a heartening homage to our shared stardust, featuring papercraft by artist Benjamin Wright Coleman.
“The position now-a-days is anomalous. The man is practically always out of work, whereas the woman occasionally is working.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We have lost Nelson Mandela, unequaled patron saint of equality, peace, and human rights.
“Few things in life are as solid as they seem.” When she was give years old, Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley, born Vera Buchthal, fled Nazi Germany as a child refugee, escaping certain death and plunging into a life that would show her a quieter yet oppressively persistent kind of discrimination and injustice.
Imaginative maps, illuminating infographics, literary cats, vintage Soviet propaganda, Gertrude Stein’s favorite objects, and other treats for eye and spirit.
“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.” “To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,” Montaigne wrote in his 16th-century essay on death and the art of living.
“Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else … may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds.” “I do not believe that I have ever written a children’s book,” the great Maurice Sendak once said in an interview.
“An artist who followed the logic of the machine to its comic climax.” Among history’s people who became nouns is American cartoonist Rube Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970), legendary inventor of the eponymous chain reaction machines that now bear the status of pop culture tropes.
Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs. Recent discussions of why writing for free commodifies creative work reminded me of an old letter Ernest Hemingway sent to his friends Ernest Walsh and Ethel Moorhead when they were about to launch This Quarter — the influential experimental Paris-based literary journal that would go on to publish work by such greats as James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Kay Boyle, William Carlos Williams, Marcel Duchamp, Rainer Maria Rilke, Herman Hesse, Thomas Mann, and Hemingway himself over the course of its run between 1925 and 1932.
“Even after thirteen thousand years, avocado is clueless that the great mammals are gone.” In any market economy, it’s common sense that as soon as the consumer for a certain product ceases to exist, the product itself becomes moot and soon vanishes from stores.
“The young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people.” “Identity is something that you are constantly earning,” Joss Whedon observed in his fantastic Wesleyan commencement address on our inner contradictions, adding: “It is a process that you must be active in.” But ours is a culture that prefers to make our identities static and confine them to categories, often diametrically opposed to one another, with specific stereotypes attached to each.
Canine humanity from the beloved Gonzo cartoonist. After the ceaselessly delightful Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, John Homans’s poignant What’s a Dog For?
“It’s a wonderful idea: thoroughly conscious ignorance.” “Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,” I reflected in the first of my 7 life lessons from 7 years of Brain Pickings — a notion hardly original and largely essential in life, yet one oh so difficult to adopt and embody.
A graphic novel “meant to be heard in the mind.” Over the past century, illustrations and riffs on Edgar Allan Poe have ranged from Harry Clarke’s stunning 1919 illustrations to today’s parodic Amazon reviews and literary action figures.