Pick Brains, not Noses

Friends come and go, but profound websites that make you pause and read are forever.

One of my favorite websites these days has became brainpickings.org, which is choc full of all kinds of wisdom and from all over the spectrum of brilliance. From Franz Kafka’s heartbreaking and powerful letter to his narcissistic father, to a rare conversation between Margaret Mead and James Baldwin in a “rap on race,” that spans guilt and psychology and everything in between, this website has a plethora of food for thought to sink your teeth into.

Maria Popova, all on her own, brings to life some smaller, more private, intimate thoughts and details of the lives of the great artists and thinkers of all time. And, in my opinion, she does it so wonderfully.

No, I’m not being paid to talk about this, but I am definitely an advocate for some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in the past year and change. Learning things about writers who are widely known in one regard, which turns your head in the other direction, or pieces as provocative as the day is long. It’s become something I look forward to, every Sunday morning, something to help me forget the time or wind the long days down. Some things provide wisdom I didn’t know I needed to see so badly.

Really, I felt like sharing. If you’re into that kind of thing, check it out, grab a cup of tea and explore. Some of these pieces are bound to be long, but are well worth it.

-The Novice Wordsmith

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