(EBOOK DOWNLOAD) Figuring
Sburgh has 446 bridges than "Venice and actually than any city in the world The prominent ones downtown have been "and actually than any city in the world The prominent ones downtown have been for local celebrities Andy Warhol Roberto Clemente David McCullough And Rachel CarsonThat s nice and all having a bridge named after you I mean But I think Rachel Carson would have been happier with another ponymous honor The Rachel Carson Trail a dozen miles north of her bridge and only a short drive from me I go there for solitary hikes to think to remember to plan or just to Buried enjoy the flora and fauna I have thought than once that the worn path I was on may have been trod by the young Rachel Carson And I like that I know of course the larger principlesspoused by Carson and believe them without reservation I like too that the Trail honors the principles as well as the person But as I step where perhaps Rachel Carson once stepped I do not think of her gender nor do I wonder if she had a lover This book does Here in addition to Carson are the astronomer Maria Mitchell the sculptor Harriet Hosmer the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller and the poet Emily Dickinson We learn of their individual genius but also of their personal passions The love is mostly same sex and feminine but there are a few open marriages and Herman Melville s unreuited love for Nathaniel Hawthorne gets its chapters It is almost banal to say yet it needs to be said No one ver knows nor therefore has grounds to judge what goes on between two people often not ven the people themselves half opaue as we are to ourselvesThe theme that is presented here one that seems a constant in my reading is that we are all connected In Some Way And That some way and that need to look as if from a distance historically or like Carl Sagan from another galaxy at the pale blue dot to see the repetitive currents of thought and passion Like my shoeprints on the pentimento on Rachel Carson s TrailThe author here suggests these connections in her phrasing As Maria Mitchell s comet was making its unwitnessed approach to Earth and Margaret Fuller was commencing the momentous European chapter of her life In the spring of 1950 xactly a hundred years after Margaret Fuller boarded the Elizabeth Carson arrived One hundred thirty one years after Emily Dickinson s death I stand in her bedroom Sixteen hundred hours before King s assassination 864353 after Lincoln s and 72 after the Gettysburg speech he didn t deliver Kennedy was shot in Texas What if he had gone to Maryland instead Chance and choiceThere is much of that device Better are the comparisons of ideas There is Rachel Carson a solitary landlocked child roaming the woods of Western Pennsylvania and finding a fossilized fish skeleton that makes her wonder how that mysterious marine creature had nded up a terrestrial ghost A uick segue takes us to Emily Dickinson writing I never saw a moorI never saw the sea Yet know I how the heather looksAnd what a wave must beI smiled at the author s invented word anthropoarrogance Ralph Waldo Emerson we learn had his own lexicon invention naming his matrimonial circumstance a Mezentian marriageThere was a lovely parable taken from one of Carson s letters about a destitute man who had only two pennies and spent one on bread and the other on a white hyacinth for his soul This book was a white hyacinth for my soul It was moving to the point of heartbreak and yet it was somehow full of hope I think I need some time alone nowOf course Gettysburg is in Pennsylvania not MarylandFrom the Roman myth wherein
King Mezentius would order men to be tied face to face with a corpse and leaving them to Mezentius would order men to be tied face to face with a corpse and leaving them to I have fallen in love with Maria Popova s weekly newsletter Brain Pickings and I cannot wait for this boo. Betterment on an imperfect world Are achievement and acclaim nough for happiness Is genius Is love Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures Ralph Waldo Emerson Charles Darwin Elizabeth Barrett Browning Herman Melville Frederick Douglass Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman and a tapestry of themes spanning music feminism the history of science the rise and decline of religion and how the intersection of astronomy poetry and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the nvironmental movemen.
Free read ☆ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ´ Maria PopovaThe first book by the author of the prominent blog Brain Pickings Maria Popova Maybe it will disrupt my already compiled reading listI read the prelude just now and it is xciting I wonder how can one review a book as xpansive and immersive as Figuring without somehow falling short in revealing its true splendour to its prospective readers There s short in revealing its true splendour to its prospective readers There s one thing that I can say about the book without a shadow of doubt it is very bit as i The author of this book Maria Popova is a
Well Known Curator Ofknown curator of xcellent website brainpickingsorg Brain Pickings has an A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eclectic collection of articles books and other writings from various disciplines Each post introduces a work followed by the author s uniue take on the creative work This site has provided me tons of recommendations for what next to read And that is why I jumped into this book as soon as i saw it on my recommended list on goodreads If nothinglse this book would be a treasure of trove of new paths to The Shadow Reader explore in my reading journeyThe book opens with a bang It starts with a sentence that goes on and on forver It is probably one of the longest sentences that I have Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies ever read But the book fails to hold that momentum after some timeI particularlynjoyed the chapter on Tyco Brahe and Kepler It brought back nostalgia of when I first read Carl Sagan s Cosmos and found out how these individuals were as big contributors to the field of astronomy as the famous names such as Galileo and Copernicus I had started reading this book ven without finding out what the book was about And I thought the first chapter was giving me an idea of what to xpectBut after reading a few chapters I feel I may have abandon this book because I still don t have a clear picture of what the author is trying to say The book flutters around constantly and introduces a plethora of characters at the cost of clarity and coherenceI lost interest in the material due to this constant flitting back and forth The Power Of A Choice especially when the author is referencing uotes or transitioning into a new character A century later Exactly seventeen years later Fifteen centuries agotc It seemed like the author was trying too hard to fit together these disparate thoughts by different individuals It seemed forced in my opinion like trying to glue a collection of ssays into a single narrativeMoreover the author has used a lot of grandilouence at places when something simple would have sufficed The opening sentenceif you can call it that is a case in point When you uote a lot of writings and your interpretation of the uote is harder to understand than the uote itself there is something going wrong It feels like the author is trying to make an impression but failingI very much wanted to like this book because of the incomparable work that the author has done in building and maintaining the uality of her website But sadly the same ffort does not transfer in this work by her And this book Figuring will stay un figured for me for uite some time The trouble of doing your research whether you re writing fiction or nonfiction is that seduced by those happy coincidences and curious facts you feel compelled to include almost verything in your final work I know full well how frustrating is having to read dozens of articles check as many books and references only to write 10 page ssays A name in a letter an obscure allusion in a poem or a detailed footnote can send anyone in that time consuming frenzy of wanting to know The thing is knowing when to stop and not falling in the trap of putting The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right everything at the readers feet They might want to stamp on it only to get to the point And most often then not I fail to see a clear connection between thevents. Figuring Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler who discovered the laws of planetary motion andnding with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson who catalyzed the nvironmental movement Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists writers and scientists mostly women mostly ueer whose public contribution has risen out of the. .
And all these amazing people mentioned in the book other than the author wanting there to be one I read a lot of Nonfiction As Part Of My as part of my some abstract than others but I can t remember the last time I was this detached if not bored by the facts put before me or irritated by how long winded and disjointed the writing is There are moments when the text flows beautifully the personal taking over from the historical such as when she visited Emily Dickinson s room but these are too few and too sparsely sprinkled throughout the book One hundred thirty one years after Emily Dickinson s death I stand in her bedroom chasing the ghost of her truth I am struck by the contrast between the bellowing darkness of her poems and the fount of sunlight flooding in through the two fully windowed walls I am struck too by the scale of it Her mahogany sleigh bed is practically child sized
HER CHERRYWOOD WRITING DESK ALMOST Acherrywood writing desk almost a at seventeen and a half inches suare I m not sure that very reader of Brain Pickings will find this an njoyable read Perhaps it was not meant to be one That being said I was disappointed my xpectations were maybe a tad too high 25 stars For the first third or so of the book I wasn t uite sure what Popova was really getting at There were a lot of historical figures surrounding her main subjects and I was having a little bit of trouble keeping up with the jumps back and forth and I kept confusing Maria Mitchell and Margaret Fuller oops But then Popova got to her chapters on Emily Dickinson and just wow Blew me away That was when the book began to gel for me and I started to really understand that Popova was drawing all these parallels between geniuses ahead of their times their successes and set backs the rich relationships they formed some romantic some not some that could be considered ueer some conventional and how their work creates a web from generation to generation from Kepler to Dickinson to Rachel Carson A book to be savored Popov s legiacal account of the lives of a number of inspirational artists and scientists acts as a paean to creativity and individuality and most importantly the truth The crux of the book deals with three women Maria Mitchell Harriet Hosmer and Margaret Fuller whose lives intersect not only with one another but also with the majority of the people who appear in the book from Emerson to Walt Whitman from Emily Dickinson to Elizabeth Browning these unconventional and brilliant women act as the bright stars which illuminate 19th century America Popova s profound musings on the painful and lonely nature of genius on the unbearable lightness of the beauty which the people depicted are able to discover in their respective fields on the impermanence of life against ceaseless march of time and most importantly on the fearlessness demonstrated by the characters in their pursuit of truth and beauty and how ach of them was able to change the world levates the book to not just being a paean to creativity but to life itself 5 How do I begin to xplain this bookIf you know about or are a reader of brainpickingsorg then all I have to say is that this book is like a lengthier version of that Popova curated facts and ideas from an array of people who are as varied as humanly possible The whole idea for the book is wonderful really and I m not using that word out of some sort of habit but because I mean it I ve been a fan of the blog for yearsss and I always check for Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. emails that alert me of the next blog post so much that it s become part of my routine I loved how this book was put together I found myself highlighting and marking almostvery one of the 500 pages b I xpected so much The city of Pitt. Ir unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand xperience and appreciate the universe Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily DickinsonEmanating from these lives are larger uestions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of.