As an introvert myself, I had, for years, labored to express to the public a extrovert persona. It was exhausting, and it usually ended up with me makAs an introvert myself, I had, for years, labored to express to the public a extrovert persona. It was exhausting, and it usually ended up with me making a complete fool of myself--mostly because I didn't know when to stop. As an introvert, I didn't know how to pick up on social cues that extroverts read with comparative ease.
It has only been without about the last 3 or so years that I've been able to become more comfortable with my introverted self, allowing myself time to re-energize with private time, and actually not feel guilty for bowing out of social events that my extroverted wife wants me to attend. I have been able to realize that it's okay not to be willing and able to tirelessly network for jobs, exuberantly greet people with a zealous Christian missionary spirit, and engage in political verbal discussion.
This book gives a clear and delightful explanation about how it's okay to be an introvert. It also gives the reader a way to handle life in an extroverted society--one that reveres and rewards the person who simply will not shut up, no matter how ridiculous they appear.
A few of the good things I got out of this book: 1. I can use social media as a place to engage in all types of discussion--I can be by myself, formulate thoughts on my own, and respond only after having had a chance to mull it over--which could take hours or even days. 2. If I do have to engage people, I can create an extrovert persona for that occasion, getting plenty of introvert time in before and after to prepare and calm down afterward. 3. I can attend social events, with reasonable preparation, and simply be there to observe and listen--and that's okay.
Whether you are an introvert, or an extrovert who needs an instruction manual for the proper care of an introvert, this would be a great place to get ideas of how to cope with a society and culture that values the extroverted....more
In spite of its title, this book winds up being a philosophical theology of Julian Barnes. Very funny, quite irreverent at times, but profound in itsIn spite of its title, this book winds up being a philosophical theology of Julian Barnes. Very funny, quite irreverent at times, but profound in its scope, Barnes attempts to take on the cosmos by starting off from the point of view of a woodworm stowaway on Noah's Ark to a single man's experience in Heaven. He almost effortlessly moves from vignette to vignette, taking on personae as diverse as a redneck astronaut from North Carolina and a jilted British woman, to a pair of eccentric old women from the 19th Century and some jihadists taking over a tour boat. And he manages to tie them together with references to the stories that come before. Brilliant.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It's not like any novel I've ever read before. You'll love it too, if you appreciate books that force you to confront your ways of thinking. But, if you only like books that confirm your own points of view without any concern for others, go ahead and pick up a copy of Glenn Beck's latest drivel....more
An amazing and very important book, Ms. Warren explains the banking/AIG bailout from the point of view of a Harvard Bankruptcy Law professor. She alsoAn amazing and very important book, Ms. Warren explains the banking/AIG bailout from the point of view of a Harvard Bankruptcy Law professor. She also gives great supporting details about why we need government to oversee banking contracts, loans, and, other consumer financial agreements.
But, she also gives us her amazing story. She has an unassuming way of writing her narrative that is charming, and page-turning. We not only learn about the many important accomplishments of her life, but also WHY she engaged in the battles she chose.
Well-written and delightful. I highly recommend it for your next read. I'd vote for her for POTUS any time she wants to run . . ....more
A boy gets trapped on a boat with a tiger. Or DOES he? One of the best books I've ever read. I predict a reread within the year. An almost perfect booA boy gets trapped on a boat with a tiger. Or DOES he? One of the best books I've ever read. I predict a reread within the year. An almost perfect book--philosophy, action, travel, intrigue, psychologically challenging. You've got to read this....more
Dickens shows once again why he is, in my opinion, the greatest author of the 19th Century. His verbiage and descriptions are at once delightful and hDickens shows once again why he is, in my opinion, the greatest author of the 19th Century. His verbiage and descriptions are at once delightful and heartbreaking. The conflicts and the characters are timeless--much reminded me of today's economic and political situations. The metaphors he uses are chilling and almost humorous, if they weren't so dark--especially the knitting, the shoe-making, and the wine.
Sydney Carton's sacrifice is mind-numbing--the madness of the situation calls for it, but I found myself hoping that there would be something that would save him at the last minute. Cruncher's "honest trade" pays off in an unexpected way--and has me cheering for the rotten bounder in the end. And the dark Madame Defarge must be one of the most loathsome characters in all literature--so happy to see Miss Pross give her hell at the end.
Such an amazing novel--I'm sorry I waited this long to read it. But there is SO MUCH to read!!! You should definitely read this. One of the best books I've ever read....more