Maria Popova on Moving Through the World in Both Ordinary and Extraordinary Times
In Conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz on The Quarantine Tapes
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
On Episode 213 of The Quarantine Tapes, guest host Jacqueline Novogratz is joined by Maria Popova. A writer and the creator of The Marginalian, formerly Brain Pickings, Maria talks with Jacqueline about her perspective on this moment and how we move through the world in both ordinary and extraordinary times.
Maria and Jacqueline spend this episode digging into poetry, the importance of beauty, the meaning of hope, and much more. Maria tells Jacqueline about her childhood memories growing up in Bulgaria. They break down the relationship between hope and cynicism and discuss Maria’s new children’s book, The Snail with the Right Heart.
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Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on The Marginalian, formerly Brain Pickings (themarginalian.org), which is included in the Library of Congress’s permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials. She hosts The Universe in Verse—an annual celebration of science through poetry—at the interdisciplinary cultural center Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. She grew up in Bulgaria immersed in music and mathematics.