Maria Popova (@brainpicker )

Maria Popova

Bio Reader. Writer. Bicycle-dependent. Author of #Figuring. Maker of #UniverseInVerse.
Location Brooklyn, NY
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Buffer : Have you felt green sadness, "the sadness of the unperceived and therefore never felt and seldom expressed," or pink sadness, "whose faraway roots resemble a colossal squid"? A color wheel of sadnesses as a portal to happiness and greater aliveness: brainpickings.org/2020/04/30/mar…

Buffer : “Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.”

For anyone whose quarantine has been made bearable by beloved canine companionship, here is Mary Oliver: brainpickings.org/2013/11/12/mar…

Buffer : An antidote to helplessness and disorientation – the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm on our human fragility as the key to our survival and our sanity brainpickings.org/2020/03/22/eri…

Buffer : On this day in 2012, leading scientists signed the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness, acknowledging definitively that many non-human animals are conscious and capable of experiencing emotions. 200 years earlier, Shelley made the prescient case for it: brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/she…

Buffer : And So It Goes – a lyrical illustrated meditation on the cycle of life brainpickings.org/2020/05/03/and…

Buffer : “The most appalling quality of water is its strength. I love its flash and gleam, its music, its pliancy and grace, its slap against my body; but I fear its strength.”

Gorgeous read from a brilliant woman who never shone in her lifetime brainpickings.org/2018/07/09/nan…

Buffer : "Anyone with any degree of mental toughness ought to be able to exist without the things they like most for a few months at least."

Georgia O'Keeffe, living alone and impoverished in the desert as WWI was swarming the globe, on art, life, and priorities: brainpickings.org/2014/09/17/geo…

Buffer : One of the first black women to attend college, Edmonia Lewis was accused of making two classmates ill, was brutally beaten, left for dead. Barely alive, she—not her assailants—was arrested. Once acquitted, she became an internationally celebrated sculptor brainpickings.org/2020/06/10/edm…

Buffer : “It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness.”

For my fellow gardeners: brainpickings.org/2016/02/29/rob…

Buffer : “To see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

Georgia O'Keeffe on the art of seeing brainpickings.org/2018/11/15/geo…

Buffer : Be Like Water – the philosophy and origin of Bruce Lees famous metaphor for resilience brainpickings.org/2013/05/29/lik…

Buffer : When did time really begin? The little loophole inside the Big Bang brainpickings.org/2020/05/25/beg…

Buffer : “I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow.”

Frida Kahlo, born on this day in 1907, on how amplifies beauty – her gorgeous tribute to the love of her life brainpickings.org/2016/01/22/fri…

Buffer : Arthur Rackhams rare and revolutionary century-old illustrations for the Brothers Grimm fairy tales brainpickings.org/2016/02/29/art…

Buffer : “To be a writer, one has first got to be what he is.”

Remembering Faulkner, who died on this day in 1962, with his recollection of what his greatest mentor taught him about writing and life brainpickings.org/2017/02/15/wil…

Buffer : The illustrated illustrious life of Frida Kahlo, born on this day in 1907 brainpickings.org/2016/08/29/fri…

Buffer : On Frida Kahlos birthday, her spirited defense of the “public freedom of expression and opinion, the means of progress of every free people,” in a letter to the Mexican president (who was once her classmate and whom she addresses like a delinquent boy) brainpickings.org/2019/09/03/fri…

Buffer : Frida Kahlo, born on this day in 1907, on the meanings of the colors brainpickings.org/2017/07/06/fri…

Buffer : Singularity (after Marie Howe) – a young poets splendid tribute to an elder poets splendid tribute to Stephen Hawking and the interconnectedness of the universe, and a courageous love letter to this broken, beautiful world brainpickings.org/2020/07/05/sin…

Buffer : “Words have more power than any one can guess; it is by words that the world’s great fight, now in these civilized times, is carried on.”

Mary Shelley, writing 200 years ago, on the courage to speak out against injustice and its power to revise the world brainpickings.org/2020/07/03/mar…