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


An Extensive Browser For The Pattern-Making Machine


ADVERTISING legend JAMES WEBB YOUNG ON THE PROFESSIONAL IMPORTANCE OF CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CURIOSITY. “Every really good creative person in advertising whom I have ever known has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject under the sun in which he could not easily get interested—from, say, Egyptian burial customs to modern art. Every facet Read More

Pessimist? Really?


Pessimist? Really? I think I’m actually an eternal optimist. I think optimism is whether you are still exhilarated by life, whether you are curious, whether you still believe there is possibility. From this perspective I am very much an optimist. —Ai Weiwei, from the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Half the time, they’re it.


“You wouldn’t have had ‘Street Fighting Man’ without the Vietnam War. There was a sort of reality slowly penetrating. Then it became a ‘them against us’ sort of thing. I could never believe that the British Empire would want to pick on a few musicians. Where’s the threat? You’ve got navies and armies and you’re Read More

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

Dancing daily with triple integrals


I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to Read More

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