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The Art of Perspective.

The CAESURA LETTERS is a trailblazing periodical for life-long learners, critical contemplatives, mindful questioners, and other hopelessly curious people.

You know that sense of intrigue and interest you experience…
…when a presenter or colleague shares an idea with you?
A perspective, anecdote, or thought, that changes your view of world.
This is what we’re all about: compelling, daily insights.
“Caesura Letters is the smartest thing I read every day. Every single one nourishes my brain in ways I never thought possible.”

Patrick Rhone (author of Keeping it Straight and Enough)

“It’s the most insightful, digestible and thoughtful writing I consume on a daily basis. At the end of each week I feel like I’m better prepared, with a broader perspective on life, to take on the week to come. It seems a bit romantic, but this publication has changed my life. I highly recommend the Caesura Letters to anyone looking to grow as an individual.”

Kevin Van Lierop (founder of utility.bz, co-founder of @thiscityis)

“This is a daily read for me… The letters are very digestible, thought-provoking. I find them profound and inspiring.”

Jocelyn Aucoin (Owner at @LujoRecords)

“It is, it feels safe to say, the greatest gift you can give your inbox, so head on over and support one of the greatest publications on the web.”

Rob Boone (Sssimpli)

“I have read a number of Caesura letters now, and every single one of them after reading has made me pause to reflect on my place in society. I am inspired by this project to always ask myself whether my writing would be compelling enough to stop readers in their tracks…”

Jasmine Hon (Startup London)

“The Caesura Letters offer enough multi-faceted challenge to ignite even a jaded mind. At the same time, the author serves us a subtle and nourishing measure of humour that is his unique stamp on any kind of mind-exploration. Delve into his world, and be prepared to happily toss away complacency. These books are a constant pleasure. Don’t pass one by.”

A. H. Richards (author of Kronos Duet)

“Caesura Letters has become an essential part of my morning routine, and leaves me both inspired and enlightened to start the day.”

Dr. Abram Oudshoorn (Western University)

“James Shelley brings together treasures old and new to spark imaginations, inspire hearts, and focus energies.”

Dr. William Danaher (Episcopal priest, dean, author)

“James can always say in a few words what takes the rest of us a long time. His observations range from the sublime to the pertinent and help to form the building blocks for better communities.”

Glen Pearson (author of A Path Between Two Mothers, Identity, and A Place for Us)

“James Shelley is not just a story-teller, he’s a story-liver. I have never known a more well-read individual.”

Tim Bailey (author of And Another Thing and upsidedn)

“I read very little online material, but always make time to read James Shelley, a writer worthy of any reader’s time.”

Ando Perez (writer, poet, and meditation teacher)

If you write a review or endorsement of the CAESURA LETTERS on your blog, website, or social media channel, please let us know! We would love to quote and link to your review here.
The CAESURA LETTERS is a haven of discovery for leaders, educators, academics, theorists, artists, speakers, writers, strategists, and visionaries. Interdisciplinary in scope, we scour the humanities and sciences in quest of the most compelling and provocative ideas, insights, perspectives, and theories.

Preview: Washing the Bowl, Fame, Apoptosis.

Quiet contemplation. Meaningful reflection.

Where and when do you make space for intentional thinking?

The CAESURA LETTERS is available on multiple reading platforms:

Choose a medium that best suits your rhythm and routine.

Digital

Email/Ebook Readers

Delivered to your email inbox Monday to Friday (or as a single weekly compilation if you prefer). Includes new quarterly volumes in ePub, Kindle, and PDF format.

$4.99 Monthly

App

iPhone/iPad/iPod

Delivered to your iOS device monthly. Our Newsstand subscription features a seamless and intuitive reading app. Free download from iTunes.

$4.99 Monthly

Paperback

Print Magazine

Delivered quarterly (March, June, September, December) to your postal mailbox, in a beautifully typeset paperback edition. Pair with notepad and coffee.

$16.99 Quarterly

Volumes are published quarterly, every March, June, September, and December.

Upcoming volumes are included with a Digital Subscription (in ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats) or as hardcopy editions with a Paperback Subscription. All past volumes are available for individual purchase below.

Volume I

Beginning Today


Released 12/21/2012

Ebook $12.99

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Volume II

All That We Are


Released 03/20/2013

Ebook $12.99

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Volume III

Made By Thought


Released 06/21/2013

Ebook $12.99

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Volume IV

Then And Again


Released 09/22/2013

Ebook $12.99

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Volume V

Ways of Seeing


Released 12/21/2013

Ebook $12.99

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Author’s Notes

Volume VI

Great Explorations


Released 03/20/2014

Ebook $12.99

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Author’s Notes

Volume VII

Affecting Cause


Released 06/21/2014

Ebook $12.99

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Author’s Notes

Volume VIII

Beyond Here


Coming 09/22/2014

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Need Some Summer Hammock Reading? Save 20%

Save 20% on our newest paperback volume Affecting Cause, now through July 28. Use code HAMMOCK14 when ordering. (Offer applies to all previous paperback volumes as well!)

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Caesura Letters Volume VIISave 20% on our newest paperback volume Affecting Cause, now through July 28. Use code HAMMOCK14 when ordering. (Offer applies to all previous paperback volumes as well!)

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  Posted by Admin on July 26, 2014

Volume VII Released Today

Today we are excited to release our seventh volume, Affecting Cause — now en route to all ebook and paperback subscribers. New volumes are published quarterly, every March, June, September, and December. Read an overview of Affecting Cause. If you …

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Caesura Letters Volume VIIToday we are excited to release our seventh volume, Affecting Cause — now en route to all ebook and paperback subscribers. New volumes are published quarterly, every March, June, September, and December. Read an overview of Affecting Cause. If you are not already a subscriber and would like to purchase this volume individually, here are the links:

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  Posted by Admin on June 21, 2014

Contemplating Happiness

“I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact,” declared Blaise Pascal… and this week (June 23-27, 2014) the Caesura Letters explores the idea of happiness from several different angles. This mini-series might be best …

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“I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact,” declared Blaise Pascal… and this week (June 23-27, 2014) the Caesura Letters explores the idea of happiness from several different angles. This mini-series might be best described as a ‘critique of happiness’, questioning the ubiquitous role of the ‘pursuit of happiness’ in contemporary culture. What is happiness and why are we obsessed with it? Where did it come from?

Can we achieve it…and should we even try?

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  Posted by Admin on June 20, 2014

June 2014 Issue on Newsstand

This month’s Newsstand edition of the Caesura Letters is now available. Browse the article previews to learn more.

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Caesura Letters Volume VIThis month’s Newsstand edition of the Caesura Letters is now available. Browse the article previews to learn more.

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  Posted by Admin on June 1, 2014

Have a thought? Share on #caesuraletters

Have a thought or reaction to today’s letter? Feel like hearing other people’s perspectives? Have a counterpoint, corollary insight, or question? Share your thoughts on #caesuraletters (on either Twitter or Facebook) and contribute to the conversation. Tap into the power …

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Have a thought or reaction to today’s letter? Feel like hearing other people’s perspectives? Have a counterpoint, corollary insight, or question?

Share your thoughts on #caesuraletters (on either Twitter or Facebook) and contribute to the conversation. Tap into the power of the hashtag to connect with a thoughtful, global community of contemplatives and thinkers.

Thanks for reading!

  Posted by Admin on May 13, 2014

Volume VI Released Today!

Today we are excited to release our sixth volume, Great Explorations — now en route to all ebook and paperback subscribers. New volumes are published quarterly, every March, June, September, and December. Read an overview of the Great Explorations. (View …

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Caesura Letters Volume VIToday we are excited to release our sixth volume, Great Explorations — now en route to all ebook and paperback subscribers. New volumes are published quarterly, every March, June, September, and December.

Read an overview of the Great Explorations.

(View all previously published volumes.)

  Posted by Admin on March 20, 2014

Introducing the Caesura Letters App

Today we are proud to announce the release of the newest addition to our family of reading platforms: the Caesura Letters app is now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Delivering the magazine as a monthly subscription via Newstand, …

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Caesura Letters Volume VIToday we are proud to announce the release of the newest addition to our family of reading platforms: the Caesura Letters app is now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Delivering the magazine as a monthly subscription via Newstand, the app brings the unique world of the Caesura Letters into a beautiful, intuitive, and seamless reading environment.

The app is a free download, ready to be browsed and explored. Check it out and let us know what you think! (Full subscriptions are $4.99 a month, the same as our email and ebook formats.)

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An iOS app has been most common request we have received over the past year. We are thankful to everyone who has been awaiting its arrival for their kind patience!

  Posted by Admin on February 28, 2014

Previewing the Week Ahead

Every Saturday, James Shelley posts a week-at-a-glance preview of upcoming Caesura Letters. If you would like to receive these updates, please subscribe here.

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Every Saturday, James Shelley posts a week-at-a-glance preview of upcoming Caesura Letters. If you would like to receive these updates, please subscribe here.

  Posted by Admin on February 22, 2014

Volume VI Release Party

The sixth volume of the Caesura Letters, Great Explorations, is set for release in March. If you are in the area, we would love to invite you out to Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street) at 7:00pm on Friday, March 21, …

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Caesura Letters Volume VIThe sixth volume of the Caesura Letters, Great Explorations, is set for release in March. If you are in the area, we would love to invite you out to Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street) at 7:00pm on Friday, March 21, for an informal release party. (No formal agenda: just come and grab a pint and chat.) Hope to see you there!

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  Posted by Admin on February 18, 2014

Volume V Released

We are excited to release Volume V: Ways of Seeing. Today is our shipping day for all ebook and paperback subscribers. We’d love to hear what you think of this newest edition! Read an overview of Ways of Seeing over …

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We are excited to release Volume V: Ways of Seeing. Today is our shipping day for all ebook and paperback subscribers. We’d love to hear what you think of this newest edition!

Read an overview of Ways of Seeing over on the author’s blog.

  Posted by Admin on December 21, 2013

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  Do all subscription formats receive the same content?
Yes, the very same reading material is shared between all subscription platforms. The timing, however, does vary between formats. The material in the quarterly ebooks and paperbacks “trail” the email elivery schedule by about six months (this is because new pieces are published daily and then collected into quarterly volumes).
  What ebook readers are supported by the Caesura Letters?
The Caesura Letters volumes are delivered in ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats.
  Can I read the Caesura Letters in Instapaper?
Yes, reading the Caesura Letters in Instapaper is easy to setup if you subscribe to the Digital Subscription format. Configure your personal ‘readlater’ email address in Instapaper (login to your Instapaper account and see instapaper.com/extras to set this up). Next, use your email client to configure an email filter that forwards all new messages from today@caesuraletters.com to your Instapaper email address.
  I am a journalist or blogger. Can I acquire a review copy?
Please contact us to obtain review copies and complimentary subscriptions for journalistic purposes. Please identify the institution, company, or blog you represent.
  Can you suggest any alternatives to the Caesura Letters?
The Caesura Letters is not necessarily for everyone, nor is it meant to be. Our sole focus is the exploration of interdisciplinary ideas, across a vast range of domains, with a penchant for contemplative and reflect pause. If that’s not really your thing, here are some other periodicals you might find interesting, which are unique from the Caesura Letters in style, form, and content.

  • Journal of the History of Ideas is an academic journal, and as such it is notably more in-depth, lengthy, and technical than the Caesura Letters. What we have in common is our love for ideas and perspectives. If you are looking for more rigorous academic reading, this might be just the journal for you.
  • Mental Floss magazine is all about everything. It is written specifically for trivia addicts and knowledge junkies, and is stylistically quirky and fun-loving. If you want to sip from a high pressure fire hose of data, this is the place to go. (Published eight times a year.)
  • The Magazine is composed of editorial opinion pieces by a broad range of writers. It touches on technology and current affairs much more often than the Caesura Letters. Also, it has a fantastically strong emphasis on editorial polish which we greatly admire. (Only available via the Apple App Store.)
  • Climbur is all about “innovation in your inbox.” It is written specifically for entrepreneurs involved in tech startups. Here at the Caesura Letters we like entrepreneurs too, but whereas we lean more towards the philosophical, Climbur reaches for the actionable. (Delivered as a daily email.)

Of course, we hope that you choose to subscribe to the Caesura Letters — but more importantly, we hope that you find yourself routinely amazed to learn and discover new perspectives! That is what matters most to us.

  What are caesurae, anyway?
A caesura is a complete pause or stop in a line of poetry or in a musical composition. We chose the name Caesura Letters to reflect the periodical’s intrinsic invitation to stop, think, and reflect. Wondering how to pronounce caesura? Here’s an audio link:
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