For those of us who worship books for both their content and their covers, Penguin released a line of gorgeous little paperbacks celebrating Great Ideas. The slim volumes range from iconic classics, like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to relative obscurities like Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. The series includes delightful pairings (Michel de Montaigne’s On Friendship and William Hazlitt’s The Pleasure of Hating) and revives some lesser-known essays by great thinkers (Nietzsche’s Why I Am So Wise and Orwell’s Why I Write). Released last year in the UK, the books are just making their way into thoughtful US stores (including New York’s Three Lives & Co, where we discovered them).
In 1994, Dan Pallotta created the AIDS Rides — a series of long-distance fundraising cycling journeys that netted $108 million for HIV/AIDS research and services within the space of eight years. Later, his Breast Cancer 3-Day walks netted $194 million in an even shorter period of time. Both had their best years ever in 2002. […]
One in four people have some form of mental illness, and Ruby Wax wants to talk about it. Watch her TEDTalk, posted today and inspired by her show Losing It, to start the conversation. One project she didn’t get to mention onstage at TEDGlobal: This winter, Wax started up the Black Dog Tribe, an online […]