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Emerson on What Beauty Really Means, How to Cultivate Its True Hallmarks, and Why It Bewitches the Human Imagination
Emerson on What Beauty Really Means, How to Cultivate Its True Hallmarks, and Why It Bewitches the Human Imagination

“The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.”

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The Encounter: How Young Vladimir Nabokov Met the Love of His Life and Won Her Heart with a Poem
The Encounter: How Young Vladimir Nabokov Met the Love of His Life and Won Her Heart with a Poem

“Longing, and mystery, and delight…”

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Roald Dahl on How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor
Roald Dahl on How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor

“I doubt I would have written a line … unless some minor tragedy had sort of twisted my mind out of the normal rut.”

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The Wisdom of No Escape: Pema Chödrön on Gentleness, the Art of Letting Go, and How to Befriend Your Inner Life
The Wisdom of No Escape: Pema Chödrön on Gentleness, the Art of Letting Go, and How to Befriend Your Inner Life

“Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.”

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The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014
The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014

The world’s oldest living things, how to overcome creative block, meals from beloved books, the unusual stories behind people’s tattoos, and more.

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MoMA Acquires the Rainbow Flag as a Design Icon: A Conversation with the Artist Who Made It
MoMA Acquires the Rainbow Flag as a Design Icon: A Conversation with the Artist Who Made It

“Flags are soaring symbols of pride and community, as well as emotional, incendiary sparks for those on the other side of the barricade. They are among the most immediate, primal, and communicative forms of design.”

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An Adventure in Paris with Pussy and Lovey: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein Become Babysitters
An Adventure in Paris with Pussy and Lovey: Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein Become Babysitters

A positively pleasing illustrated take on a true story.

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Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles M. Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions
Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles M. Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

“[Charlie Brown] reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human — both little and big at the same time.”

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Pioneering Children’s Book Author, Artist, and Early Twentieth-Century Woman Entrepreneur Wanda Gág Reimagines the Brothers Grimm
Pioneering Children’s Book Author, Artist, and Early Twentieth-Century Woman Entrepreneur Wanda Gág Reimagines the Brothers Grimm

A visionary take on classic stories that continue to give us “a tingling, anything-may-happen feeling… the sensation of being about to bite into a big juicy pear.”

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Georgia O’Keeffe on Success, Public Opinion, and What It Means to Be an Artist, in a Letter to Sherwood Anderson
Georgia O’Keeffe on Success, Public Opinion, and What It Means to Be an Artist, in a Letter to Sherwood Anderson

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you…”

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