‘Brain Pickings’ for resource and insight.


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Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings

Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings (Photo source: brainpickings.org)

I highly recommend two articles (below) from brainpickings.org, which has become one of my favorite websites for writing inspiration and information. From the About page:

The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to culture, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will be.

The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity by Maria Popova (creator and prolific writer of Brain Pickings)

Nine Books on Reading and Writing by Maria Popova.