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Reads from June 2012

Rilke’s Love Letters
Rilke’s Love Letters

“Now I come to you full of future. And from habit we begin to live our past.”

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What a Plant Knows
What a Plant Knows

How a plant can tell whether you’re wearing a blue or red shirt as you’re approaching it.

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The First Feminist Film (1922)
The First Feminist Film (1922)

A woman, a gun, and a practical joke gone awry.

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A Visual History of Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art from the Library of Congress Archives
A Visual History of Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art from the Library of Congress Archives

A brief visual history of political propaganda design.

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The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art
The Gnomes of Gnù: Umberto Eco Teaches Kids About Ecology Through Abstract Art

A beautiful allegory about ecological collapse and salvation.

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Gorgeous Vintage Soviet Art and Propaganda Posters
Gorgeous Vintage Soviet Art and Propaganda Posters

What war, peace, and mass culture have to do with theater masterpieces and literary classics.

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Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the Relationship Between Creativity and Dishonesty
Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely on the Relationship Between Creativity and Dishonesty

“Creativity can help us tell better stories — stories that allow us to be even more dishonest but still think of ourselves as wonderfully honest people.”

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Chasing Venus: When the World Came Together to Measure the Heavens
Chasing Venus: When the World Came Together to Measure the Heavens

What Ben Franklin, Sweden, and a lucky break in the clouds have to do with the distance to the Sun.

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Is Pluto a Planet? An Animated Explanation Sets the Record Straight
Is Pluto a Planet? An Animated Explanation Sets the Record Straight

A brief history of why the word “planet” isn’t very helpful.

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Live the Questions: Rilke on Embracing Uncertainty and Doubt as a Stabilizing Force
Live the Questions: Rilke on Embracing Uncertainty and Doubt as a Stabilizing Force

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.”

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