Never before in history have we had access to so much reading material, at our fingertips, a couple of taps away.
Yet, more often than not, even the most voracious readers amongst us end up reading less, scrolling more... speaking from experience.
Hence, this weekly effort designed to nudge you (and me) to read more in spite of plummeting attention spans. Hope it helps!!
PS. You can also sign up to become a Bibliotherapy Library member here (in less than a minute) and receive a daily/weekly nudge to read more via WhatsApp/e-mail.
DEPARTMENT of mind expansion
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.
Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.
Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” ~ Carl Sagan
And now, more than ever, we need magic.
Also, if the above quote makes you get up and grab a book near you, any book, go for it!! Bookmark this zine for later. Mission accomplished :)
Back? Revisit Project Bibliotherapy's first ever attempt to nudge folks to read more - in the form of opening lines, relevant links, etc hidden in the caption of the below post shared on Lockdown Day Zero (of 'Junta Curfew' fame🤦♂️)...
Further recommended streaming of the guilt-free kind...
vicarious wanderlust DEPARTMENT
“Things are what they are, and whatever will be, will be.” ~ Allan Karlsson
Meet Allan Karlsson, the centenarian hero of Jonas Jonasson's rib-tickling tale. He's lived quite the eclectic life hanging out with geniuses and Supreme Leaders, and after a daring escape from the Old Person's Home, is off on another escapade to commemorate his hundredth birthday.
Further reading - for the amazing origin story of this global bestseller's author & more...
DEPARTMENT of essential essays
“The reason the post-pandemic era will be so destructive and creative is that never have more people had access to so many cheap tools of innovation, never have more people had access to high-powered, inexpensive computing, never have more people had access to such cheap credit — virtually free money — to invent new products and services, all as so many big health, social, environmental and economic problems need solving.
Put all of that together and KABOOM!
You’re going to see some amazing stuff emerge, some long-established institutions, like universities, disappear — and the nature of work, workplaces and the workforce be transformed.” ~ Thomas L. Friedman
Of all the goodreads linked out in this zine, don't miss the above one.
browser history DEPARTMENT
In a brilliant nostalgia-laced read published on fiftytwo.in, Mala Bhargava revisits her journey online from a 386 assembled computer with 2MB of RAM, a 20MB hard disk and a three-and-a-half inch floppy drive to a Samsung ZFold 2 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
(Statutory Warning - certain bits in the above article might trigger traumatic memories involving dial-up modems.)
DEPARTMENT of the unforgiven
In 2013, Metallica became the first band in the world to rock all seven continents.
Watch the South Pole experiencing what godforsaken Gurgaon couldn't!
Also, for a handy list of 23 more full-length concerts, chronologically arranged, check out...
pub-less quizzical DEPARTMENT
“By getting lost on his quest for fortune, he found eternal fame / notoriety. Who?”
For more questions and a bunch of goodreads disguised as answers, tap below...
That's all for this week, folks. Happy reading!!
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