If you’re not familiar with Maria Popova’s site, Brainpickings, now would be the time to acquaint yourself. Better late than never, as they say. It is probably the smartest literary site on the internet: a treasury of thoughts on writing, writers, art, popular culture, how to be happy, music, design and everything in between. Created by writer and visual artist Maria Popova, it receives over a million hits a month, it is unlike any website out there. No wonder that in the last few years Brainpickings has become a major influencer of influencers in the worlds of art, writing and publishing. Popova calls her site “my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.” Popova’s labor of love has, since its inception, remained non-profit and supported by donations, despite its popularity. It has only been around since 2006 but was added to the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012. Also In 2012, Popova was named number 51 of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company Magazine. She was featured in 30 under 30 by Forbes as one of the most influential individuals in Media and was listed on “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012 List” by Time Magazine.
One of the many, many valuable and thought provoking series on the Brainpickings.org is a series of writers talking about the craft of writing. Starting with Neil Gaiman.