On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a panel about finding and sharing inspiration online hosted by Austin Kleon, of “Steal Like an Artist” and “Newspaper Blackout” notoriety. Panelists included Maria Popova, of Brainpickings, Maris Kriezman of Slaughterhouse90210 and Maud Newton of, well, Maud Newton.
Newton (whose blog credits include the Times, Forbes, New York Mag, WSJ and all other noteworthy publications you might imagine) describes Popova and Kriezman as her “internet crushes” which I was relieved to learn, as Popova is one of my intellectual-online-muse/idols (I sat in the audience near her during the #smwscience panel at AMNH, which included personal favorite science guy Carl Zimmer (among others), and briefly felt like I was in the audience at the academy awards).
If you haven’t checked out Popova’s blog, Brainpickings, start now. It is aptly described as “a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are” …which has become the story of my life over the past year in New York.
I’ve found myself, like Popova, falling in love with honesty all over New York in the form of Culture, Art and Photography, Science, Health and Fitness and Coincidence, and am excited to share it with you here.
Throughout the panel these women at the forefront of stimulating digital conversation echoed this sentiment: Our online selves are extensions of our real selves— a digital call to arms!
Welcome to All Things Candid.