“If your project has real substance, ultimately the money will follow you like a common cur in the street with its tail between its legs.”
Werner Herzog on creativity, self-reliance, money, and how to make a living of what you love – wisdom culled from an epic 600-page interview:
"The strongest and fieriest emotions of life defy all analytical insight."
Maurice Sendak’s rare, wildly sensual illustrations for Melville’s greatest commercial failure and most personally beloved book,.
“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”
James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – superb read:
“Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.”
Why We Hurt Each Other – Tolstoy’s letters to Gandhi on love, violence, and the truth of the human spirit:
Legendary designer Paul Rand on beauty, the power of symbolism, and why idealism is essential for creative work
“To maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry — these are the essentials of thinking.”
How We Think: John Dewey on the art of reflection in an age of instant opinions and input-overload, a remarkably timely read from 1910
“Maps are errors to arrive at truth.”
An atlas of alternative maps for understanding the world, featuring contributions by John Baldessari, Tim Berners-Lee, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Kevin Kelly, Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, John Maeda, Sean Carroll, Douglas Rushkoff, Marcus du Sautoy, and more.
“The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life — not only the claims he encounters but the claims he invents.”
The art of self-renewal – a timeless 1964 guide to keeping your company and your soul vibrantly alive
Austrian illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger’s imaginative interpretation of Alice in Wonderland:
"The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation. Love, wisdom, grace, inspiration — how do you go about finding these things that are in some ways about extending the boundaries of the self into unknown territory, about becoming someone else? … Never to get lost is not to live."
Rebecca Solnit on how getting lost helps us find ourselves – one of the best things I’ve ever read, soul-expanding beyond words:
“Art and physics, like wave and particle, are an integrated duality … two different but complementary facets of a single description of the world.”
Leonard Shlain on how integrating wonder and wisdom enriches our lives:
"Self-awareness is the rarest power of all, precious and vulnerable to the highest degree, the supreme and generally fleeting achievement of a person."
Mapping the meaning of life and the four “levels of being,” or how to harness the uniquely human power of “consciousness recoiling upon itself” – fantastic read:
In 1934, pioneering artist Wanda Gág collaborated with her brother and sister on this sweet and unusual children’s book:
“I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul, since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.”
Rilke on body and soul, in a letter of life-advice to a young girl:
Nietzsche’s 10 rules for writers, laid out in a letter to the woman with whom he was in love: