We are not the America we aspire to, yet. A rumination on the words and spirit of Langston Hughes, who inspires and impels us across the decades to make that America be.
Courtney Martin on C. Nicole Mason's new memoir and turning toward what's uncomfortable to witness, and then acting on what we feel.
Some emotional wounds need closure to heal, but there are times when the best way forward is to let go. Courtney Martin on mending our deepest relationships by embracing the paradox of love and imperfection.
“Let yourself be silently pulled by what you love.” Weaving poesy with mellifluous prose, an Egyptian poet celebrates the power of the lyrical art to bring us closer to the divine, and to ourselves.
Our culture celebrates masculine gruffness and aggression. But what about masculine affection? In the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a devotee finds strength to love freely, and a new kind of masculinity.
Beloved Irish poet John O'Donohue on beauty's true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily lives.
An offering for the literary yogis in our midst… the unexpectedly harmonious partnership of words and asana.
Einstein and Darwin were some of our most poetic writers. But a bifurcation has taken place, a rupture in the disciplines. A literature professor celebrates the natural symbiosis of the world of facts and the creative word.
An unexpected exchange catalyzes a conversation about the essential truths of aphorisms and paring the excess without violating the mystery.
Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!
Loving the woodcut feel of these book cover illustrations for the Evelyn Waugh
“You can listen to silence Reuven. I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it.”
—Chaim Potok from The Chosen.
Imagine you’re a rare-books librarian, and you come across a note in a book signed “P. Revere.” If your name is Marie Malchodi, this happened to you three weeks ago.
Charles Dickens says a human response that shames us can also change our hearts.
A fuller version of the quotation Brueggemann offered in our interview.
“It’s interesting because we all know each other so well,” says Orna Yaron, who along with her husband Meir, helped start the club and are the only remaining members of the 40 attendees of the first book club meeting in 1989. “We know each other’s political inclinations, personal and family situations. We analyze the literature, but everybody comes from his own experience. It’s like group therapy sometimes.”
A reflection on the enduring imprint of fictional characters like J.D. Salinger's Holden Caufield.
Previous "On Being" guest, Adele Diamond, tells a story about meeting the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at a Mind and Life Institute dialogue. We highlight some of the passages Adele Diamond presented to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala — including texts from Rabbi Heschel, Bashevis Singer, Rachel Naomi Remen, and Henri Nouwen.