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Three Essays on Flight

If we were tasked with showing a visiting Martian the best of human capacities, we could do worst than to take them to the airport for a look around.

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Henri Rousseau

The artist Henri Rousseau — who had no formal training, and who only began painting seriously in his forties — was ridiculed by the critics of his day. Yet he is now celebrated as a visionary genius.

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Charles Dickens’s Secret

Almost no other writer has ever been quite as successful as Charles Dickens. But Dickens spent most of his life hiding a terrible secret — one that helps to shed light on his peculiar genius…

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Work Outs For Our Minds

We’re used to the idea that gyms are places we might go to do exercises to improve our bodies. What’s…
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