The Marginalian Newsletter I like.

This is the weekly email digest of The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) by Maria Popova. If you missed last week's edition — love and limerence, Nathaniel Hawthorne on life, death, and what fills the interlude with meaning, Julia Perry on the universal language of music — you can catch up right here. If you missed my atypically personal essay … Continue reading The Marginalian Newsletter I like.

In pointed snub, no U.S. government official will attend Beijing Winter Olympics


WORD OF THE DAY Variegate VER-ee-ə-gait Part of speech: verb Origin: Late Latin, mid 17th century 1 Alter in appearance, especially by adding different colors. 2 Make more diverse or varied. Examples of Variegate in a sentence "Rebecca wanted to variegate her painting to draw more eyes to it during exhibition." "The President plans to variegate her cabinet to … Continue reading WOTD


WORD OF THE DAY EnvoiEN-voiPart of speech: nounOrigin: French, mid 17th century 1A short stanza concluding a ballade (a poem) or a short, lyrical piece of music, especially one for piano.2(Literary) an author’s concluding words.   Examples of Envoi in a sentence "The envoi made for a fitting end to the novel." "Ted composed a haunting envoi for his original music."

Did you know…

Did you know... ... that today is Still Crazy Day? On this day in1975, Paul Simon's album Still Crazy After All These Years was number one in the U.S. It was Simon's first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup ("My Little Town," which was also included on … Continue reading Did you know…