Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of "Figuring."
The Pilot and the Little Prince – a lovely children's book about the true story behind what may be the loveliest children's* book of all time, published on this day in 1943 (*a work of philosophy, really)
“We must believe before we can doubt, and doubt before we can deny.” Auden, enchantment, and the most important principle of making art
Standing on the shoulders of solitude – Newton, the plague, and how quarantine fomented the greatest leap in science
Standing on the shoulders of solitude—Newton, the plague, and how quarantine fomented the greatest leap in science
"One person, … one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death." Elie Wiesel, now
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.)
“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.” On James Baldwin's birthday, his no-nonsense advice on writing:
"(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.
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:
“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: