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I am in no way affiliated with Brain Pickings or its founder, Maria Popova, but I admire both Tremendously.


The Power Plant


In 1972, composer Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard to live on campus and serve as the ‘Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry,’ a post first established in 1925. The most famous aspect of this prestigious role is the delivery of six public lectures. Bernstein’s cross-disciplinary investigation centered around music’s relationship with language. “In any sense in which Read More

Like A Chemist Combining Elements


On one of my favorite episodes of the Radiolab podcast, James Shapiro speaks for a bit on the combinatorial nature of William Shakespeare’s use of language—that is, the way Shakespeare creatively combined words to create new concepts and phrases: …Shakespeare behaved not so much as a writer but more like a “chemist combining elements.” James is a Read More