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Patti Smith, Umberto Eco, and Other Celebrated Contemporary Authors Offer Their Advice to Aspiring Writers
Patti Smith, Umberto Eco, and Other Celebrated Contemporary Authors Offer Their Advice to Aspiring Writers

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money… If you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.”

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How the Clouds Got Their Names and How Goethe Popularized Them with His Science-Inspired Poems
How the Clouds Got Their Names and How Goethe Popularized Them with His Science-Inspired Poems

“Most pioneers are at the mercy of doubt at the beginning, whether of their worth, of their theories, or of the whole enigmatic field in which they labour.”

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Nobel-Winning Playwright Eugene O’Neill on Happiness and the True Measure of Success in a Letter to His Unmotivated Young Son
Nobel-Winning Playwright Eugene O’Neill on Happiness and the True Measure of Success in a Letter to His Unmotivated Young Son

“Any fool knows that to work hard at something you want to accomplish is the only way to be happy.”

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Tom Gauld’s Brilliant Literary Cartoons Blur the Artificial Line Between “High” and “Pop” Culture
Tom Gauld’s Brilliant Literary Cartoons Blur the Artificial Line Between “High” and “Pop” Culture

From Hemingway’s hangovers to the messiness of creative collaborations, wryly witty visual satire of intellectualism.

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William James on the Psychology of Habit
William James on the Psychology of Habit

“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone.”

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Jane Austen’s Advice on Love, Marriage, and How to Rebuff a Suitor with Clarity and Kindness
Jane Austen’s Advice on Love, Marriage, and How to Rebuff a Suitor with Clarity and Kindness

“Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection.”

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The Art of Motherfuckitude: Cheryl Strayed’s Advice to an Aspiring Writer on Faith and Humility
The Art of Motherfuckitude: Cheryl Strayed’s Advice to an Aspiring Writer on Faith and Humility

“Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”

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Theodor Adorno on the Art of Punctuation
Theodor Adorno on the Art of Punctuation

A manifesto for the “friendly spirits whose bodiless presence nourishes the body of language.”

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Stendhal on the Seven Stages of Romance and Why We Fall Out of Love: Timeless Wisdom from 1822
Stendhal on the Seven Stages of Romance and Why We Fall Out of Love: Timeless Wisdom from 1822

“To love is to enjoy seeing, touching, and sensing with all the senses, as closely as possible, a lovable object which loves in return.”

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Several Short Sentences About Writing
Several Short Sentences About Writing

“You can say smart, interesting, complicated things using short sentences. How long is a good idea?”

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