Open up your mind

An interesting online resource that I would recommend is ‘Brain Pickings’, an amazing online blog founded by Maria Popova which features her writing on culture, books, and eclectic subjects off and on the Internet.

What I adore about her book reviews is that she gives in depth analysis of them and completes them with extensive quotes. If anything interesting is happening in the cultural world, she will post about it. Reason why I believe her work is extremely helpful for us, students, because it can help us think outside of our work for university, it is a way to relax as well as to extent our knowledge. Her intent is to open us up into our mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we have accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.

You can visit the Brain Pickings site and subscribe to their newsletter in addition to following Maria  on Twitter and Facebook. This is entirely free site (although I have to admit that I frequently end up purchase the reviewed books) and if you like it, you can lend your support via a Paypal donation.

Here is one of my favorite posts about Conversational Do’s and Don’ts in the 1866. I believe this is an interesting read for us, media students, because we all need to develop outstanding conversational skills that will later on help us evolve in our careers.

Did you know about this blog? Do you have any favorite posts? Or did you just find out about it? If so, what do you think about it?



  1. I had never heard of the site but after spending some time browsing it I can see why people love it – it’s very easy to get lost scrolling through all of her work. The site it both informative and engaging without feeling exhaustive, kudos to her for maintaining such a tone and dedicating herself to this kind of work. I also found that I did not mind the push for donations because I think that writers like herself and sites like this one should be encouraged and supported in this sort of grassroots fashion – it is important that we don’t exclusively participate in corporate online communities, it’s in the same spirit of shopping local and supporting small businesses.


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