For Pollan, "eating is an agricultural act" offers more insight into how food relates to the world than Thoreau or Emerson's words ever could.
Fiona Maazel, the author of Woke Up Lonely and Last Last Chance, shares her favorite passage from her former teacher Jim Shepard.
Author Aatish Taseer, a chronicler of young Muslims, shares his favorite Naipaul passage.
Novelist Jim Crace, whose prose has been analyzed by mathematicians for its rhythm, learned his technique from the childhood counting game 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.'
Author Steven Barthelme shares how he came to appreciate 'Lady With Lapdog.'
Reading a passage about the unresolved desire to fill the empty spaces in a life helped the author understand her own grief.
A George Oppen poem about bereavement amazes poet Jeffrey Yang, and even connected him to a fellow poet.
The author benefited from adopting Murakami's philosophy of prioritizing fitness in order to maximize creativity.
The prolific author remembers a quote from Albert Camus about the Greek myth of King Sisyphus when she gets discouraged.
'Drinking With Men' author Rosie Schaap found this poem when she needed it most.
The 'Twelve Tribes of Hattie' author shares her thoughts on a 1937 work by Osip Mandelstam. Plus: a song!
The 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' author says her inspiration is minimalist architect Mies van de Rohe.
The acclaimed novelist shares the passage from 'The Long Goodbye' that made him an author.
Author Jim Shepard talks about his favorite 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' passage.