Brain Pickings: Short Reads that Lead to Greater Things

Brain Pickings ( is one of my favorite websites for fill-in-the-time reading. Quick snippets and excerpts from writers, thinkers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and cultural contributors of all kinds, it’s full of advice for leading a more meaningful and intellectually stimulated life- and has added quite a few rare and out-of-print titles to my reading list. While the frustratingly difficult to find reading items are a mixed blessing for the bookishly inclined, the rest of the articles and amenities are unequivocally marvelous. Today they are celebrating their 7 year anniversary, so to celebrate, check out this list by the editor, Maria Popova. Number 3, Be Generous, spoke to me especially, but they are all valuable lessons from seven years of discovery.