Here is an idea I love that may or may not be true: Some books are centripetal — they suck you in from other books. Some books are centrifugal — they spin you out to other books.
This, by the way, is not an original theory of mine. I first heard it from my friend Matt Thomas, over a decade ago. “Good movies, I find, are centrifugal,” he once tweeted. “That is, they spin you out—to other movies, ideas, art, people.” He’s also tweeted that he finds Facebook centripetal (it sucks you in) and Twitter centrifugal (it spins you out).
Some books are centripetal — they suck you in from other books. Some books are centrifugal — they spin you out to other books.
4 min read · Aug 4th · From Marianne in Normal People to Edie in Luster, these very different young women share pressures and anxieties specific to their era
1. Reese from Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters Reese has always wanted to be a mother, but that’s difficult because she is trans and because her long-term girlfriend, Amy, also trans, has detransitioned.
2. Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier The heroine here is 18, pregnant, in mourning and enamoured by the single mom to whom she delivers pizza. This is a character study about a troubled, funny, and relatable narrator.
7 min read · 2020-10-29 · Unread books can be as powerful as the ones we have read, if we choose to consider them in the right light.
For Umberto Eco, a private library is a research tool. The goal of an antilibrary is not to collect books you have read so you can proudly display them on your shelf; instead, it is to curate a highly personal collection of resources around themes you are curious about. Instead of a celebration of everything you know, an antilibrary is an ode to everything you want to explore.
an antilibrary may even be an antidote to the Dunning–Kruger effect, where we tend to overestimate the extent of our knowledge. Whether in a private or a public library, being surrounded by books we haven’t read yet—in the case of Umberto Eco, too many books to read in a lifetime—is a humbling experience.
the more you read, the more you will expand your perimeter of knowledge, and the more unread books will be added to your antilibrary. It is not a bad thing, it means you are progressively turning unknown unknowns into known unknowns.
~15 min read · 2020-01-03 · Reading books is one of the best habits you can create for yourself. Here are seven easy habits you can implement to finish more books next year.
Habit #1: Never feel guilty about putting a book down and starting a new one. Habit #2: Build a library in your Amazon wishlist. Habit #3: Listen to more books. Habit #4: Progressively reduce your temptation to do something easier. Habit #5: Set aside thirty minutes before sleep for reading. Habit #6: Delete social media from your phone, add Kindle instead. Habit #7: Create a deeper learning project.
Reading is a habit of compounding growth. Learn more and you’ll generate ideas and enthusiasm for making other changes.
your goal isn’t just to read, but to turn that knowledge into an actual skill or accomplishment