The book of life

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Started as an email for seven friends in 2006, Brain Pickings, New York-based writer Maria Popova’s weekly news­let­ter, has be­come a dig­i­tal lat­i­bule for thou­sands of read­ers, ex­plor­ing the mean­ing of life through an un­der­stand­ing of sci­ence, art and lit­er­a­ture. From Su­san Son­tag’s di­ary en­tries on art to Seneca’s take on anx­i­ety, Brain Pickings of­fers sum­maries of com­plex ideas from the bright­est minds in his­tory. Popova is now go­ing from cul­tural critic to author with Fig­ur­ing, slated for re­lease in Fe­bru­ary. The de­but will ex­am­ine “the com­plex­i­ties, va­ri­eties, and con­tra­dic­tions of love, and the hu­man search for truth, mean­ing, and tran­scen­dence”, the author wrote on her blog. Ex­pect to find his­tor­i­cal fig­ures across four cen­turies in the book, from 17th cen­tury as­tronomer Jo­hannes Ke­pler to na­ture writer Rachel Car­son in the 20th cen­tury.—sd

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