What makes it possible for us to connect to others? What gets in the way?

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The Porcupine’s Dilemma

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Reading

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Nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote extensively on motivation, desire, and the relationship between the individual and society. Sometimes called “the philosopher of pessimism,” he regarded human desire as the…

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The Danger of a Single Story

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Video

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Born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels, short fiction and nonfiction. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship along with many other…

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Some Food We Could Not Eat

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Reading

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In his book, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, Lewis Hyde, a literary critic and translator of Spanish poetry, focuses on creative power and the notion of…

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A Small, Good Thing

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Reading

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Raymond Carver was an American short story writer and poet in the late 20th century whose famous works include “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,”…