Friday, December 7, 2012

Brain Pickings

Am battling a bit of a cold right now. Thought I kicked it but they're not making bugs like they used to. (It might take that old home remedy of a few drinks and a long sleep to finish this one off. Haven't tried it yet and it always seems to work. Plus it makes things more pleasant. ;)

In the meantime, if you haven't already discovered it, head on over to Brain Pickings. Maria Popova is the curator of this cache of 'interestineness'  about art, life, books, science, creativity and everything in between. It's not about drinking, per se. But there's more to life than booze, right?

Riiiiiiight.

Ms. Popova grew up behind the Iron Curtain and it seems to give her a unique perspective on disposable consumerism, even when it comes to information. Instead of using ultra-contemporary sources, she's just as likely to cull her curiosities from old library books in the public domain.

She now lives in NYC writing two blog posts and about 50 tweets a day so if you're not into children's books (her most current post), something new will be along any moment. She exists on donations and subscriptions so the giving spirit is welcome. Then cancel everything you have for the day - cuz you're not going anywhere for a while.

By the way, Ms. Popova is also an MIT fellow at only twenty-eight and if I had the brain capacity, that's all I'd do today. Instead I'm going to watch crappy movies and O.D. on O.J. And possibly pickle myself.

(If you want to learn more, she was in the Sunday Times last weekend.)