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David Hockney Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
David Hockney Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

The beauty of ugly and the whimsy of negative space.

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The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are
The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

“Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy.”

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French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre
French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre

“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.”

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Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling
Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling

“I want my stories to move people … to feel some kind of reward from the writing.”

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The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013
The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013

Imaginative maps, illuminating infographics, literary cats, vintage Soviet propaganda, Gertrude Stein’s favorite objects, and other treats for eye and spirit.

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.

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The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion
The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion

Nature’s rhythms in masterful paper engineering.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Little-Known Sketches: The Beloved Storyteller’s Illustrated Travelogue of Europe
Hans Christian Andersen’s Little-Known Sketches: The Beloved Storyteller’s Illustrated Travelogue of Europe

What made Andersen particularly enchanting was his singular gift for noticing and depicting not only the whimsical, but also the wistful.

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The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013
The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013

The wonders of the gut, why our brains are wired to be social, what poetry and math have in common, swarm intelligence vs. “God,” and more.

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J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”
J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

“Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else … may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds.”

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