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Reads from June 2012

Iconic Designer Charles Eames’s Most Memorable Aphorisms
Iconic Designer Charles Eames’s Most Memorable Aphorisms

“Beyond the age of information is the age of choices.”

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How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read
How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

“Non-reading is not just the absence of reading. It is a genuine activity, one that consists of adopting a stance in relation to the immense tide of books that protects you from drowning. On that basis, it deserves to be defended and even taught.”

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Sylvia Plath’s Drawings
Sylvia Plath’s Drawings

“The pleasure of odds and ends,” in pen, ink, and literary history.

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The Origins of Sex: How the First Sexual Revolution Shaped Modern Society
The Origins of Sex: How the First Sexual Revolution Shaped Modern Society

Anatomy of the osmotic balance between public and private, with a side of morality and law.

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What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes
What Makes a Classic? Lessons from the Chinese Book of Changes

What an ancient Chinese divination manual reveals about the design and anthropology of great literature.

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Fatherly Advice from Famous Dads
Fatherly Advice from Famous Dads

“The secret of success is concentrating interest in life… interest in the small things of nature… In other words to be fully awake to everything.”

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An Invisible Flower: Yoko Ono’s Time Machine of Love
An Invisible Flower: Yoko Ono’s Time Machine of Love

“I wrote this story almost a decade before I met my Smelty John.”

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An Unquiet History of Libraries and Navigating Knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet
An Unquiet History of Libraries and Navigating Knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet

“…texts, fabrics to be shredded and woven together in new combinations and patterns…”

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Bee City: 1951 Short Film about the Social Life of Bees
Bee City: 1951 Short Film about the Social Life of Bees

What goes on inside the microcosm of one of Earth’s most fascinating civilizations.

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6 Rules for a Great Story from Charles M. Schulz’s Son and Snoopy
6 Rules for a Great Story from Charles M. Schulz’s Son and Snoopy

“And remember: Always aim for the heart!”

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