Maria Popova

Maria Popova

Writer/Founder


Brain Pickings

Brooklyn, NY USA


The most important thing that a person can decide-that should dictate what they do in life-is what matters in the world and why.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in Bulgaria; saw the end of communism and the rise of a new democracy.
Watched as new classes emerged; was fascinated by people starting to define themselves by the wealth and "things" they accumulated.
Went to college at the University of Pennsylvania to study this capitalist phenomenon.
Majored in consumer psychology and worked in the campus newspaper's marketing department.
Found that she was much more interested in the materials she was reading in the library than she was in the actual field of marketing.
Didn't enjoy college, but says the silver lining was realizing she didn't want to be someone who simply went through life hitting certain benchmarks of "success."
She'd started an email newsletter for her friends and coworkers that was essentially a record of the various ideas that piqued her interest.
As more and more people started to read and enjoy her work, she realized she needed to make this publication "the centerpiece of her life."
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
University of Pennsylvania
Career

Career

Writer/Founder

I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.

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Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Journalism
Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy & Religion
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged