Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

by Maria Popova [brainpickings.org] “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.” “The analogy between the artist and the child is that both live in a world of their own making,” wrote Anaïs Nin in her diary in 1945. […]

sontag journals

Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated Diary Excerpts “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” The recently released volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 (public library), is a treasure trove of insight – on writing, oncensorship, on aphorisms – from the deepest corners of one of the greatest minds in modern […]

on the difference between thinking and feeling

Maira Kalman on Walking as a Creative Device and the Difference Between Thinking and Feeling by Maria Popova “It’s very important not to be bored…for too long. More than a minute.” Maira Kalman — artist extraordinaire, prolific author, unequaled visual storyteller — shared some poignant, beautifully human thoughts on existence and happiness. From the same interview series comes Kalman’s equally wonderful […]