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“Here are a few bookmarks from my reading on the road and at home. You can share your thoughts and reactions online using #SightReading. Happy reading!” –Yo-Yo Ma

How do we fit into the world?

These three articles remind us that the ways we answer this question–culturally, economically, politically, and beyond–are as varied and numerous as the people of our globe.

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

By Mark Yakich | The Atlantic
“Try to see what world the poem creates. Then, if you are lucky, its world will help you re-see your own.”

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

By Shane Parrish | Time
“Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.”

Extremely Rare Gemstone Could Prove That There’s an Ocean Hidden Deep Inside Earth

By Sara Barnes | My Modern Met
We tend to think that we know our planet, but the Earth, and the scientists who explore it, keep us marveling.

Art as Experience: John Dewey on Why the Rhythmic Highs and Lows of Life Are Essential to Its Creative Completeness

By Maria Popova | Brain Pickings
Art should help us remember – not forget – to relish the highs and the lows, the banal and the exciting.

New Ways Into the Brain’s “Music Room”

By Natalie Angier | New York Times
Scientists have found “neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music,” implying that music perception is as elemental as speech.

Thomas Edison’s Recordings of Leo Tolstoy: Hear the Voice of Russia’s Greatest Novelist

Technology can propel us into the future, but it can also connect us to the past

When Beauty Strikes

By David Brooks | New York Times
Beauty affecting our hearts and imaginations, inspiring us to be more.