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The Art of Poetry No. 91, Jack Gilbert

“On the rare occasions when Jack Gilbert gives public readings—whether in New York, Pittsburgh, or San Francisco—it is not unusual for men and women in the audience to tell him how his poems have saved their lives.”

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The Making Of Tesla: Invention, Betrayal, And The Birth Of The Roadster

“Tesla Motors probably shouldn’t exist. The last successful American car startup was founded 111 years ago. It’s called Ford.”

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Aliens in the valley: The complete and chaotic history of Reddit

“This piece is part of Mashable Spotlight, which presents in-depth looks at the people, concepts and issues shaping our digital world. For months leading up to his resignation, Yishan Wong looked beat down. 14 more words

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Bird-watcher

“Every weekday for the past twenty-seven years, a long-in-the-tooth history major named Phil Schaap has hosted a morning program on WKCR, Columbia University’s radio station, called “Bird Flight,” which places a degree of attention on the music of the bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker that is s”

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Why Experts Reject Creativity

“People think they like creativity. But teachers, scientists, and executives are biased against new ways of thinking. In 2007, Steve Ballmer, then-CEO of Microsoft, emphatically predicted that Apple’s new phone would fail.”

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The self is moral

“One morning after her accident, a woman I’ll call Kate awoke in a daze. She looked at the man next to her in bed. He resembled her husband, with the same coppery beard and freckles dusted across his shoulders. 10 more words

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You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann Home to goddesses, dreams, and a dangerously uncorrupted literary mind

“One morning, in 2000, while I was working as an editor for Henry Holt, a manuscript contained on several compact disks was delivered to my office.”

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