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Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser
Lord Byron’s Epic Poem “Don Juan,” Annotated by Isaac Asimov and Illustrated by Milton Glaser

Three of history’s greatest geniuses converge around some of the finest satire ever written.

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The Creative Cleft: Joyce Carol Oates on the Divided Self and the “Diamagnetic” Relationship Between Person and Persona
The Creative Cleft: Joyce Carol Oates on the Divided Self and the “Diamagnetic” Relationship Between Person and Persona

“No one wants to believe this obvious truth: The ‘artist’ can inhabit any individual, for the individual is irrelevant to ‘art.’”

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Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals
Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals

Artful cats, literary dogs, Bob Dylan, and a whole lot of non-human genius.

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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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The Big New Yorker Book of Cats
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

“Serious cat people, like first-rate art critics, are chivvied by passion into perspicacity. Believing is seeing.”

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Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence
Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

How top-down attention, feedback loops, and daydreaming play into the science of success.

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The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites
The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

Soul-stirring, brain-expanding reads on intuition, love, grief, attention, education, and the meaning of life.

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The 13 Best Children’s, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013
The 13 Best Children’s, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013

Young Mark Twain’s lost gem, the universe in illustrated dioramas, Maurice Sendak’s posthumous love letter to the world, Kafka for kids, and more treats for all ages.

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Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life
Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

“You see what you want to see. You might think it’s speaking to you, but it’s just your imagination.”

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The Psychology of Pets as an Extension of Human Fashion: Virginia Woolf’s Nephew on Why Dogs Came to Outshine Cats
The Psychology of Pets as an Extension of Human Fashion: Virginia Woolf’s Nephew on Why Dogs Came to Outshine Cats

“Dogs are the fashion because we can fashion them to our will.”

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