The Latest

Pale Blue Dot

An early unpublished version of Sagan’s most quoted passage shows his process and that even he could not deny the power of anaphora.

Comet McNaught

Robert McNaught has discovered hundreds of comets (including the biggest in human history), and yet, he never stops searching the night sky for something else.

Deep Dark Down

Hector Tobar tells the horrific and inspiring story of the 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine for 69 days. It says volumes about the human spirit.

SoulPulse

Who knows if you can track such a thing, but this app, at the very least, makes you aware of how you think about spirituality in your daily life.

An Astounding Fact

Neil De Grasse Tyson tells an astounding fact of the Universe and explains how we are not only connected on this planet, but through space and time.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Mortician Caitlin Doughty has a unique perspective on the death industry and what we could do to improve it as well as our experience when our loved ones pass away.

Islam, Judaism, Christianity

An scholar discusses the relationship between Islam and the other two ‘universal’ religions…and finds both similarities and shared imperfections.

Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton explains why you don’t have to be a believer to gain something from the complex organizations that have formed around the world’s thriving religions.

Silence

Hans Zimmer wrote this piece for the film The Thin Red Line. It is impossible not to feel both the sadness and the hope in it (that might be why it’s in every over dramatic trailer since).

The Empties

Row writes, “None of the old endings played out, did they? So we have to imagine new endings. Hence the possibility for hope.”

God’s Funeral

A.N. Wilson ponders the different thinkers, philosophers and famous figures whose findings and theories began to dismantle religion.

We Feel Fine

Harvesting the Internet for people using the phrase ‘I feel’, Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar have created an artwork that lives and breathes, and makes even a cynic feel a part of something.

Candide

Voltaire skewers everyone from priests to philosophers in this short and brilliant tome for doubters. It’s a comfort knowing that people are questioning everything as much as you may be.

Is That All There Is?

Maybe you just don’t know why you should care anymore, maybe you never have. Any way you slice it, Peggy feels exactly the same way.

Yearbook

McGinley’s latest gallery show entitled Yearbook includes this shot of a man beautifully lost in the moment.

Be Better

The Superior Person’s Book of Words seems like a gag gift you might get for Christmas, and yet, there are few moments more victorious than employing one of these words properly.

Our Own Truth

The second act from an episode of This American Life illuminates an important difference between perception and reality. It turns out that you can create an origin story for yourself without even knowing it.

A True Broad

No one ever accused Ellen Barkin of playing the part of a shrinking violet…and the world is better for it.

Customized Classics

Remember when you felt like you were Jane Eyre? You related to every single emotion and thought Bronte wrote? Give yourself a mildly narcissistic boost by actually becoming the main character.

Dancing On My Own

It’s safe to say the world would be a better place, if we all felt the exhilaration one gets listening to this song more often.

Shapeshifters

Canada’s favorite son Sam Roberts tells us what we all know, but don’t like to admit.

The Wayfaring Band

The Wayfaring Band organizes road trips and getaways for special needs children and young adults. There isn’t a more joyful and inspiring Instagram feed out there.

Yes, Please

Poehler talks SNL, Parks and Rec, and the power of recognizing and embracing your ‘currency’.

Cowbird

A site that allows you to create and share your story, and view what others have to say without ads and other nonsense.

Freedom ’90!

You know the feeling when you want soundtrack when you enter the room? This song is the perfect accompaniment to making an entrance.

A Photographer Found

The mystery of the nanny turned photographer remains, but her startling images of people in New York and Chicago provide vivid images of individual life.

Changing My Mind

Zadie Smith’s book of essays from 2009 can be described as a simple collection of musings, reviews and observations, but they paint a vivid portrait of Smith – and prove the 21st Century adage, ‘you are what you like.’

Live Like a Mighty River

Hughes might be more well-known for his troubled marriage with Sylvia Plath, but this letter encouraging his son to embrace his ‘childish self’ is a thing of beauty and filled with advice we should all follow.

Sontag on Activism

Susan Sontag is known for her writing, but after experiencing harrowing conditions in Sarajevo in the 90’s, she found a different way to exercise her intellect in activism.

San Francisco B.C.

Remember that scene from Saturday Night Fever when Travolta walks down the street to the BeeGees? David Berman’s Silver Jews brings the same swagger to give you a little confidence for your next strut.

Taken for Granted

We take for granted the many things our brain does so easily, this look at one man’s brain after an accident shows how quickly even identity can be lost.

The Lazarus Project

Aleksander Hemon weaves an unsolved mystery and coming of age story into an impossibly beautiful tale of finding one’s roots.

Dummy Land

A dispatch from a convention of ventriloquists that is both hilarious and enlightening.

Brave

Have you belted out a song today? If the answer is no, start with this ditty by Sara Bareilles. It’s infectious.

Ramadan in Yemen

An intimate look at a culture and time that often gets lost in headlines and politics. In 1993, photographer Max Pam built a beautiful portrait of Yemeni Muslims during the holiest of months.

Kodachrome

Paul Simon’s take on nostalgia is surprisingly open and cheerful. His reflections are on point no matter where you find yourself in life.

The Boz

In this episode of the ESPN series, Brian Bosworth finds the up and downs of the reality that you are who you pretend to be.

Serial

This ingenious podcast is impossible to resist and a tremendous exercise in perception… not to mention storytelling.

Angelou Remembered

Not even the most notable of voices was born fully formed, sometimes you have to find it. Poet Maya Angelou went through years of silence after a horrific rape before she discovered what she wanted to say.

Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron was a writer and poet before he started recording music, and that fact is evident in this heartbreaking song. Money is a material thing, but it’s consequences run far more deep.

Never Is a Promise

Fiona Apple is a master at depicting the complex inner voice of someone at odds with themselves and others. She cuts an image in such stark relief that you feel almost ruined after hearing it.