If ever someone could be called a spirit guide to the universe of knowledge, Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings, would be it. An MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow, she describes herself as "an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large", and the ideas she shares on the site push you to look at the world, and connect the dots, in new ways. Many of her posts center on creativity and those who create (writers, artists, musicians). Her finds range from the iconic to the eclectic. Please subscribe to Brain Pickings; it's free, it's weekly, and it's the highlight of my inbox.