The Marginalian
The Marginalian

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Reclaiming Our Human Potential in the Age of Technological “Progress”
Reclaiming Our Human Potential in the Age of Technological “Progress”

“People now use less than half their potential forces because ‘Progress’ has deprived them of the incentive to live fully.”

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The Otherworldly Wonders of This World: Stunning 19th-Century Natural History Illustrations of Lizards
The Otherworldly Wonders of This World: Stunning 19th-Century Natural History Illustrations of Lizards

From geckos to chameleons, a scaly journey down the hallway of evolutionary time through the portal of beauty.

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Beethoven and the Art of Amends
Beethoven and the Art of Amends

“When friends are at variance, it is always better to employ no mediator, but to communicate directly with each other.”

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The Unphotographable #7: Richard Powers on the Majestic Mass Migration of Sandhill Cranes
The Unphotographable #7: Richard Powers on the Majestic Mass Migration of Sandhill Cranes

Sometimes, a painting in words is worth a thousand pictures. I think about this more and more, in our compulsively visual culture, which increasingly reduces what we think and feel and see — who and what we are — to what can be photographed. I think of Susan Sontag, who called it “aesthetic consumerism” half a century before Instagram. In a small act of resistance, I offer The Unphotographable — Saturdays, a lovely image in words drawn from centuries of literature: passages transcendent and transportive, depicting landscapes and experiences radiant with beauty and feeling beyond what a visual image could convey.

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