Reader. Writer. Author of #Figuring. Maker of #UniverseInVerse. Lover of trees. Petter of moss. Rider of a cobalt blue bicycle with a golden bell.

Brooklyn, NY
Joined October 2007
If you missed them in the haze of the holidays, here are the 25 best Marginalian pieces of the past year — a hybrid "best" of pieces I poured the most heart into writing and pieces most widely read and shared by those whose hearts they touched themarginalian.org/2021/12/3…
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“Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.” Susan Sontag, born on this day in 1933, on storytelling, what it means to be a good human being, and her advice to writers: themarginalian.org/2015/03/3…
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This week's highlightable delights: What happens when we die, Iris Murdoch on what love really means and its symmetry with art, the forgotten woman who awakened the human imagination to the "submarine fairyland" of unfathomed life in the deep ocean mailchi.mp/themarginalian/de…
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“There has always been a force struggling to respect higher values. None of the current evils rose without resistance, nor have they persisted without opposition.”
On Dr. King's birthday, his lost Canadian lectures on the future of technology, the ever-present peril of alienation, and the only 3 effective ways of resisting the system themarginalian.org/2021/10/0…
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“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.” Excellent read: themarginalian.org/2016/07/1…
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For a moment of portable transcendence (especially for those of us stuck in indoor captivity as the mercury in the outdoor thermometer teeters on freezing), the season's most otherworldly aurora borealis photographs: explore.brainpickings.org/po…
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A fine time (any time is a fine time) to revisit Sagan's timeless Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking: themarginalian.org/2014/01/0…
“The dangers of not thinking clearly are much greater now than ever before. It's not that there's something new in our way of thinking - it's that credulous and confused thinking can be much more lethal in ways it was never before.”- Carl Sagan
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Timeless thanks to @jnovogratz for sending me this letter a long time ago, when I was still new to America, trying to make sense of its continent-wide confused mutuality.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” On MLK's birthday, the classic defense of democracy he penned from Birmingham City Jail: themarginalian.org/2015/03/1…
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“I did not know that I could only get the most out of life by giving myself up to it.” A Life of One's Own – uncommonly insightful century-old field guide to self-possession and the art of knowing what you really want themarginalian.org/2017/10/1…
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“What counts is what we are, and the way we deepen our relationship with the world and with others, a relationship that can be one of both love for all that exists and of desire for its transformation.” Calvino meets King, born on this day in 1929 themarginalian.org/2017/02/1…
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” On MLK's birthday, the classic defense of democracy he penned from Birmingham City Jail: themarginalian.org/2015/03/1…
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“Nothing in the upper world can compare with the luxury of this nether realm of the sea, with its colors, its atmosphere of mystery...” How scientific artist Else Bostelmann invited the human imagination into the deep-sea world for the first time themarginalian.org/2022/01/1…
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"It arises from anomalous trichromat lineage and is entwined with the X chromosome, meaning the few who carry the potential to glimpse the world’s hidden colors are the daughters of colorblind men." How wildly, wondrously varied the world (we see) is! orionmagazine.org/article/tr…
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"I hope for you so much, and feel so eager for you... must have you... Susie, it seems to me as if my absent Lover was coming home so soon — and my heart must be so busy, making ready for him." Emily Dickinson's passionate love letters to her Sue: themarginalian.org/2018/12/1…
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Maria Popova retweeted
A phenomenal piece about @AlisonBechdel's brilliant book, "The Secret to Superhuman Strength," written by the phenomenal @brainpicker. This is a beautiful article about a stunning book. This is it: themarginalian.org/2022/01/0…
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“Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real.” The uncommonly insightful Iris Murdoch on what love really means and how it relates to art themarginalian.org/2022/01/0…
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