Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Sites I love

Blogger Maria Popova in the New York Times

I have meant to write about Brain Pickings for a long time. It is one of my favorite blogs because it never ceases to amaze and delight me. Apparently, I’m not the only rabid fan and I wish I had written about Maria Popova before the New York Times did…but I didn’t. But trust me…I found her first! Actually, Flipboard found her for me as one of their original content options.

For those who haven’t lost precious moments of their day to the gorgeous collection of articles, art  and authors and sheer interestingness that Maria finds and shares, you are missing out. Not only are there articles but often wonderful videos of the people and ideas she populates on her pages.

The best description of Brain Pickings comes from Maria herselfkalman_uncertainty:

Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popova, an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK andThe Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She has gotten occasional help from a handful of guest contributors.

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are. More…

I was overcome by a recent article about one of my favorite artist/writers, Maira Kalman and the video of her

at MOMA. I tweeted and FB’d it…but didn’t write about it.

I was ready to order prints from Etsy after reading about Sophie Blackall’s Missed Connections paintings based on Craigslist postings of the same name

bigquestionslittlepeopleI nearly ordered every childrens’s book mentioned (with gorgeous illustrations) in “The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012” and they sit to this day (thankfully for my budget) in my save for later shopping cart.

Today, I got a late start on reading all my post-President’s Day work emails because of her inspiring piece about the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan‘s seminal (and I use the word punnishly) work The Feminine Mystique.

I don’t know where Maria finds all this stuff and how she manages to curate so much wonderful reading for all of us who love the arts, letters and science. She culls the world so we can cuddle up with a few well chosen, philosophically & visually satisfying finds.

You get the the picture. Get thee to Brain Pickings. Sign up for the RSS feed or daily newsletter. Start your day with inspiration, provocation and cultural uplift. You surely won’t find  that in the daily news.

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