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Lena Dunham’s “hopeful dispatches” on love, work, friendship, and death, delivered with great wit, warmth and wisdom
"It’s a special kind of privilege to be born into the body you wanted, to embrace the essence of your gender even as you recognize what yo
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John Dewey on cultivating the art of reflection and fruitful curiosity in an age of instant opinions and information overload – such a prescient and timely read from 1910
"To maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry -- these are the essentials of thinking." Decades befor
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Whatever your gender and politics, please read Roxane Gay’s nuanced, intelligent meditation on modern equality 
"Feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves." "Those who travel wit
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"Never to get lost is not to live.” If you read one thing today, make it Rebecca Solnit on how we find ourselves
"The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation... Never
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Where do babies come from? A sweet and honest primer on reproduction from illustrator extraordinaire Sophie Blackall
How to answer the question that stumps every grownup. Children's questions have way of being so simple that they spill into the philosoph
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Such elegant badassery: How to turn down a marriage proposal like Charlotte Brontë
A bold defiance of oppressive gender ideals, packaged as the ultimate it's-not-you-it's-me gentle letdown. "There is no subject on which
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Wisdom in the age of information – why great storytellers matter more than ever 
Thoughts on navigating the open sea of knowledge. For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborat
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Charity and Sylvia – the remarkable story of two women who married each other in 1803 
"For 40 years... they have shared each other’s occupations and pleasures and works of charity while in health, and watched over each other
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Legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead on female vs. male creativity, the “bossy” problem, equal parenting, and why women make better scientists – amazingly prescient insight from half a century ago
"In the long run it is the complex interplay of different capacities, feminine and masculine, that protects the humanity of human beings."
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Lovely short film about artist Maira Kalman, patron saint of the moments inside the moments inside the moments 
"We always are in this in-between world of 'Is this a dream? Is this really happening? Are we in costume? Who are we?'" From her immeasur
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Happy 150th birthday, Nellie Bly! How the fierce Victorian journalist posed as insane in her brave exposé on mental health – one of the greatest feats of investigative journalism of all time
A timeless and sobering reminder that the true measure of power is not how deftly we can assert our authority but how much kindness and comp
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What it takes to design a good life – Debbie Millman on happiness, success, and finding a sense of purpose
"Busy is a decision… You don't find the time to do things -- you make the time to do things." What does it take to have a good life? Th
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