Maria Popova

“We are different people in different situations, each of our dormant multitudes awakened by a particular circumstance, particular chemistry, particular stroke of chance; each true, each real - a composite Master of our being.”

We are different people too after reading certain books, which is the case for me and Figuring. Some brilliant concoction of biography, queer studies, history, literature, science, and art… it reads like a master of all beings itself: from Emily Dickinson to Rachel Carson, Margaret Fuller to Ralph Waldo Emerson. At over 500 pages, it seems to freeze time - catching the intricacies of one million moments like a single snowflake from the sky.