Maria Popova* nominated the writer Dani Shapiro as her current source of inspiration:

Dani Shapiro is a writer, yes, but more than that: an artist of thought, crafting the raw material of the particular into the most timeless artifacts of universal truth; a scientist of feeling, using a single life as a laboratory for insight into the psychoemotional reality of the shared human experience. 

I first came to know Dani through her books, the product of her art, but over the years I’ve gotten to know the person behind the process and the process behind the person — a person animated by an uncommon love of literature, dogged dedication to the refinement of thought and language,  and unflinching faith in the human spirit as the highest aim of art. 

It was through her art that Dani first became a kindred spirit, then a dear friend. And her friendship proved to be no different from her art – generous and largehearted, dimensional and deep, and absolutely irreplaceable.  

*Photo of Maria by Elizabeth Lippman

Dani Shapiro is a writer, yes, but more than that: an artist of thought, crafting the raw material of the particular into the most timeless artifacts of universal truth; a scientist of feeling, using a single life as a laboratory for insight into the psychoemotional reality of the shared human experience

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