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Vladimir Nabokov’s Passionate Love Letters to Véra and His Affectionate Bestiary of Nicknames for Her
Vladimir Nabokov’s Passionate Love Letters to Véra and His Affectionate Bestiary of Nicknames for Her

“You are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought…”

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In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity
In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life.

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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous “Brain Scan” Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity
Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous “Brain Scan” Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

How the most creative human who ever lived was able to access a different state of consciousness.

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The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life
The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

How the invisible hand of the clock powered the Industrial Revolution and sparked the Information Age.

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Hannah Arendt on Memory, the Elasticity of Time, and What Free Will Really Means
Hannah Arendt on Memory, the Elasticity of Time, and What Free Will Really Means

“Before we raise such questions as What is happiness, what is justice, what is knowledge, and so on, we must have seen happy and unhappy people, witnessed just and unjust deeds, experienced the desire to know and its fulfillment or frustration.”

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2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully
2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

How to be alone, wake up from illusion, master the art of asking, fathom your place in the universe, and more.

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The Best Children’s Books of 2014
The Best Children’s Books of 2014

Intelligent and imaginative tales of love, loneliness, loyalty, loss, friendship, and everything in between.

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The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie
The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

How glass, tin, and mercury converged on a Venetian island in the 15th century to fundamentally change the way we look at ourselves.

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The History Manifesto: How to Eradicate the Epidemic of Short-Termism and Harness Our Past in Creating a Flourishing Future
The History Manifesto: How to Eradicate the Epidemic of Short-Termism and Harness Our Past in Creating a Flourishing Future

A beautiful case for why our flourishing requires that we move from pursuing value to cultivating values.

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Greil Marcus on What the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Teaches Us about Innovation and the Art of Self-Reinvention
Greil Marcus on What the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Teaches Us about Innovation and the Art of Self-Reinvention

How to continually experience “the satisfaction that only art, only the act of putting something new into the world, can bring.”

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