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The Monarchs, Music, and the Meaning of Life: The Most Touching Deathbed Love Letter Ever Written
The Monarchs, Music, and the Meaning of Life: The Most Touching Deathbed Love Letter Ever Written

From butterflies to Beethoven, an ode to the heart’s uncontainable dimensions.

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Annie Dillard on the Winter Solstice and How the Snowy Season Awakens Us to Life
Annie Dillard on the Winter Solstice and How the Snowy Season Awakens Us to Life

“Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

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Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Sorrow
Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Sorrow

“The world’s otherness is antidote to confusion [and] standing within this otherness — the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books — can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.”

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An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Austen’s Life
An Illustrated Celebration of Jane Austen’s Life

“She was the sun of my life, the gilder of every pleasure, the soother of every sorrow.”

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Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life
Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life

“When you’re dead, the pond will be gone, too — at least for you.”

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Poet and Philosopher John O’Donohue on Selfhood, the Crucible of Identity, and What Makes Life’s Transience Bearable
Poet and Philosopher John O’Donohue on Selfhood, the Crucible of Identity, and What Makes Life’s Transience Bearable

“It is crucial to understand that experience itself is not merely an empirical process of appropriating or digesting blocks of life. Experience is rather a journey of transfiguration. Both that which is lived and the one who lives it are transfigured.”

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In the Company of Women: Wisdom and Advice on the Creative Life from Beloved Women Artists, Makers, and Entrepreneurs
In the Company of Women: Wisdom and Advice on the Creative Life from Beloved Women Artists, Makers, and Entrepreneurs

Neko Case, Nikki Giovani, Tavi Gevinson, Maira Kalman, Debbie Millman, Carrie Brownstein, and more.

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Rock Climbing and the Meaning of Life: Vita Sackville-West’s Letters to Virginia Woolf on the Intimacy-Building Power of Travel and How Nature Reveals Us to Ourselves
Rock Climbing and the Meaning of Life: Vita Sackville-West’s Letters to Virginia Woolf on the Intimacy-Building Power of Travel and How Nature Reveals Us to Ourselves

“I don’t believe one ever knows people in their own surroundings; one only knows them away, divorced from all the little strings and cobwebs of habit.”

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How Do You Measure Your Life: Artist Carrie Mae Weems’s Stirring SVA Commencement Address
How Do You Measure Your Life: Artist Carrie Mae Weems’s Stirring SVA Commencement Address

“Open and alert, you respond sensitively to the world around you, and it causes you a great deal of pain and tremendous trepidation. But, of course, these are the natural byproducts of a closely examined life.”

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What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life
What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

“It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person.”

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