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The Hidden Lives of Owls

“Sunlight, moonlight, twilight, starlight — gloaming on the shut of day, and an owl calling,” Walter de la Mare wrote in his “Dream Song”. “When shadows cool and owls name,” Nikki Giovanni writes a century later, “how can there be no Heaven.” Owls have haunted the human thoughts for so long as we’ve shared land

Hannah Arendt on Action and the Pursuit of Happiness

“What is happiness, anyhow? … so impalpable — a mere breath, an evanescent tinge,” Walt Whitman wondered in his diary precisely 100 years after the Founding Fathers wove the pursuit of that evanescent tinge into the material of what Whitman thought-about America’s “democratic vistas.” The notion of “the pursuit of happiness” has been with us

Zadie Smith’s Dance Lessons for Writers

“Oh, how fantastic! How like thought! How just like the thoughts it’s!” Helen Keller exclaimed when she experienced dance for the first time in legendary choreographer Martha Graham’s studio. Graham herself noticed a parallel between her explicit artwork and all artistic endeavors of the thoughts, during which “there is a vitality, a life force, an

Neither Victims Nor Executioners: Albert Camus on the Antidote to Violence

“Progress isn’t everlasting, will at all times be threatened, should be redoubled, restated and reimagined whether it is to outlive,” Zadie Smith wrote in her spectacular essay on optimism and despair. Seventy years earlier, simply after the shut of World War II, one other genius of the occasions addressed this predicament and its attendant query

A Burst of Light: Audre Lorde on Turning Fear Into Fire

“There isn’t any time for despair, no place for self-pity, no want for silence, no room for concern,” Toni Morrison exhorted in contemplating the artist’s task in troubled times. In our inside expertise as people, as within the public discussion board of our shared expertise as a tradition, our braveness lives in the identical room