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Today, from our guru section, we present to you Maria Popova, a Bulgarian-born writer, blogger, literature and culture critic. 

She has previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times and is mostly known for her blog Brain Pickings (founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online).

In Maria's own words:

“Brain Pickings is a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich our mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.”