"Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas."
"A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated” by Oscar Wilde, penned in 1894 but no less witty and wise today:
“Our world is dangerously riven by religious doctrines that all educated people should condemn, and yet there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit.”
Sam Harris on spirituality without religion and how to cultivate the art of presence as our greatest gateway to happiness – spectacular read:
"Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present."
Alan Watts on the art of timing:
A sweet celebration of connection and softness in a culture that encourages hard individualism and prickly exteriors
A Life Worth Living — Albert Camus on our search for meaning and why happiness is our moral obligation:
Wonderful children’s book on space exploration – rocket fuel for the souls of budding Sagans
“The greatest dignity to be found in death is the dignity of the life that preceded it.”
Sherwin Nuland on the art of dying as a lens on the art of living meaningfully:
A curious history of New York in 101 objects, from the public library to the artichoke
“Cryptomnesia” and the psychology of how we unconsciously plagiarize existing ideas – fascinating read:
Real recipes from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s books, illustrated by the great Sir Quentin Blake – from Willy Wonka’s Nutty Crunch Surprise to Bird Pie à la The Twits
Everything you need to know about the cosmos, explained in the 1,000 most common English words – absolutely brilliant project
“We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.”
How to be alone—a wonderful antidote to one of the central anxieties and most misunderstood arts of our time:
Here is a book about an independent middle-aged woman who defies the still-prevalent stigma against singletons and is financially self-sufficient by her own creative labor, who is white and services a wealthy black client, and who is helped into the dénouement of her challenge not by a patronizing Prince Charming but by a little black girl dressed in preppy plaid.
A sweet reminder that however different the hats we wear may be, we are united by a common thread of goodwill, subtly subverting cultural stereotypes in a celebration of diversity.
A whimsical wordless story about the wonderland that unfolds when you simply dare, and care, to look.
Zadie Smith on the psychology of the two types of writers – applies to all creative endeavors: