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Lou Reed on Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Laurie Anderson, Setting Edgar Allan Poe to Music, and Why Record Labels Deserve to Die

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7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain | Brain Pickings

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David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work

David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work | Brain Pickings

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How to Make Your Own Luck

How to Make Your Own Luck | Brain Pickings

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T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey

T. S. Eliot’s Iconic Vintage Verses About Cats, Illustrated and Signed by Edward Gorey | Brain Pickings

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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Brain Pickings

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How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators | Brain Pickings

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Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona

Marilyn Monroe's Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Simplified Public Persona | Did you ever begin Ulysses? Did you ever finish it? Marilyn Monroe did both. She took great pains to be photographed reading or holding a book — insistence born not out vain affectation but of a genuine love of literature. "Writing in her famous Record notebook in 1955, she echoes Kerouac’s famous line, “No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge”

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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing | Brain Pickings

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The Greatest LGBT Love Letters of All Time

The Most Beautiful and Timelessly Bewitching LGBTQ Love Letters in History

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How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators | Brain Pickings

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How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory

How to Optimize Your Brain: Why Refining Emotional Recall is the Secret to Better Memory - “You are what you remember — your very identity depends on all of the events, people and places you can recall.”

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How the Nobel Prize Was Born: A Surprising Story of Bad Journalism, Existential Guilt, and Dynamite

Bad Journalism, Existential Guilt, and the Business of Dynamite: The Surprising Story of How the Nobel Prize Was Born

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Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

Codex Seraphinianus: Luigi Serafini: In 1976, Italian artist, architect, and designer Luigi Serafini, only 27 at the time, set out to create an elaborate encyclopedia of imaginary objects and creatures "Codex Seraphinianus" is resurrected in a lavish new edition by Rizzoli

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Anne Sexton’s Report Card

“She passed the time in math class by writing flirtatious notes to boys.” Anne Sexton's appalling report card //Anne Sexton's Report Card

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Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life

Maya Angelou on Courage and Facing Evil - by Maria Popova - “There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” - http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/19/maya-angelou-bill-moyers-facing-evil/

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The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors. Celia Blue Johnson.

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The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook and Lewis Carroll’s Guide to Dining Etiquette

If you love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook | 12 Cookbooks Every Book Lover Needs

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40 Trashy Novels You Must Read Before You Die

40 trashy novels to read before you die! || in high school I actually did a book review of Peyton place for a project but didn't read the book

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How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales

If your book nerd loves fairy tales, then The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen from TASCHEN Books could be a great gift.

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Susan Sontag on Literature and Freedom

Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success explore activism advertising animation art books children's