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PAST IS PROLOGUE

If we want to work better, first we need to think better

“The Seasons” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder from the Metropolitan Museum of Art online collection…

Writing fiction is like making bread. You need to know when to knead it, and when to just let it rise.

Photo by Victor Rodríguez Iglesias on Unsplash

In a world obsessed with conversation, physical books bring us solitude and freedom.

“Dig” by Sadie Wendell Mitchell (1909). Public domain via Library of Congress.

Myanmar helped me come to terms with grief. Now I am grieving for Myanmar.

Image of pagodas in Kayah State, Myanmar. Photograph by the author © Will Buckingham

We are, because we belong.

The Rainbow by Robert Delaunay. 1913. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Truth, Reconciliation, and Ubuntu

An interview with philosopher Andy West

Van Gogh, Prisoners Exercising (1890), Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The trouble with pleasure, according to the philosopher Epicurus, is that we’re not very good at it.

Epicurus. By Raphael. c. 1510. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The writer Lewis Hyde says that creative works are gifts. But the reverse is also true.

Norwegian Christmas Card. 1909. Public domain, library of Norway, via Wikimedia Commons.

Christmas is on the way, and you’re facing the biggest philosophical challenge of the year: what to get for a man like Uncle Pedro?

Coles Phillips. “Know all men by these presents.” Life Magazine, 1910. Public Domain via Wikimedia…

The philosopher Chrysippus argued that emotions are not things that happen to us, but things we do.

Edvard Munch. Melancholy. From a series of paintings on the emotions. Public domain via Wikimedia…

The philosopher who couldn’t hold his drink

Will Buckingham

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