Maria Popova

Maria Popova


Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."

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"After Silence" – @neilhimself 's stunning tribute to Rachel Carson, who died on this day in 1964, having catalyzed the environmental movement with her culture-shifting courage of speaking inconvenient truth to power #UniverseInVerse 

“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy.” Kierkegaard, writing nearly two centuries before our Age of Workaholism, on how to heal our greatest source of unhappiness: #TGIF 

For #NationalLibraryWeek , "Where the Wild Things Are" creator Maurice Sendak's lovely vintage posters celebrating libraries and reading

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“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” Remembering Vonnegut, who died on this day in 2007, with his 8 tips on storytelling

The wonderful documentary about @OliverSacks , years in the making, is now available on PBS and free to stream the rest of this month:

On this day in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt exited the White House, having launched her quiet revolution of politics – which included the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Stoic antidote to frustration – Marcus Aurelius on how to keep your mental composure and emotional equanimity when people let you down and infuriate you

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"The Grapes of Wrath" was published on this day in 1939, earning Steinbeck a Pulitzer and laying the cornerstone of his Nobel Prize. Here is how he used the diary as a tool of discipline and an antidote to self-doubt to write the novel in a mere 5 months

Remembering Simone de Beauvoir, who exited existence and existentialism on this day in 1986, with her immortal insight into how chance and choice converge to make us who we are

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"One person, … one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death." Elie Wiesel, now

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.” Writing advice from James Baldwin, born 96 years ago today:

Watch to the end. The most optimistic thing I’ve seen in ages. If this tiny friend can make it across the abyss, and with such uncomplicated grace, so can we. (Nail for snail scale.)

If the ancient Arab world had banned Western travelers from its borders, we’d have no mathematics, no astronomy, no medicine. #MuslimBan 

"(How frail the human heart must be — a throbbing pulse, a trembling thing — a fragile, shining instrument of crystal, which can either weep, or sing.)" Sylvia Plath would have been 87 today.

“Art like prayer is a hand outstretched in the darkness, seeking for some touch of grace which will transform it into a hand that bestows gifts.” Kafka, born on this day in 1883, on the power of music and the point of making art:

Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson were married on this day 1992. His lovely reflection on the secret to their mutually sustaining marriage and what his mom taught him about love:

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