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Existential Therapy from the Universe: Physicist Sean Carroll on How Poetic Naturalism Illuminates Our Human Search for Meaning

BY MARIA POPOVA

Mark_StrandWe are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious,” the poet Mark Strand marveled in his beautiful meditation on the artist’s task to bear witness to existence, adding: We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself… It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.” Susan Sontag, at the end of her fully lived and intensely meaningful life, articulated the same idea in considering what it means to be a good human beingTo be a moral human being is to pay, be obliged to pay, certain kinds of attention.”

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Bukowski on Writing, True Art, and the Courage to Create Outside Society’s Forms of Approval

Bukowski_CrumbIn a letter to [] friend, Bukowski laments the something-elseness of most of what tries to pass for Art:

Almost all poetry written, past and present, is a failure because the intent, the slant and accent, is not a carving like stone or eating a good sandwich or drinking a good drink, but more like somebody saying, “Look, I have written a poem … see my POEM!

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Wisdom from the Poets

Coleridge-2“The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

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