Novellas, short stories, they usually leave me wanting more and these were no exception. I see to some extent how these novellas are linked, but somet...moreNovellas, short stories, they usually leave me wanting more and these were no exception. I see to some extent how these novellas are linked, but sometimes I just need it spelled out for me and then I feel stupid! My HS English teachers would be quite disappointed in me! I want to know more about some of these characters and how things turned out for them, especially Marla, Althea and Uncle Francis! I read this book over the course of two days...a lot of reading, but that says something about the stories!
p44 "He refused to be one of these men who stared at small screens in their palms. He knew their weekly calendars were in there, as were their emails, as was the news and any other distractions they could find. But to Mark, this constant staring into a small screen was the sure way to miss the big screen, which was the one day and night you had to reach your goals, and if you didn't see big, you would fail to see opportunities and you would fail to see threats."(less)
I find this to be an interesting topic and so was very interested in what the book had to say. It was written in 2008...I wonder if he has written an...moreI find this to be an interesting topic and so was very interested in what the book had to say. It was written in 2008...I wonder if he has written an update? I'd get it!
The book was easy to read, not too technical or jargon-y, totally fascinating (I read the majority of the book in one sittingLogo-free advertising...makes sense, is a bit scary when it comes to selling cigarettes! The Corona-lime ritual...it got me! It's a bit unsettling to think how various advertising techniques unconsciously impact our behavior, but it's kind of cool, too, the way our brains work. Reading this book has given me an awareness of things I never thought of before and I think I will start looking at advertising in a new light and actually try to think more critically about it for fun (ok, tv ad, exactly how are YOU cozy-ing up to my subconscious?!), but I don't feel that I read anything in the book that will change my own behavior because I don't so much subscribe to brands and advertising when making decisions about what I buy, I am less likely to buy based on emotion than fact...hello consumer reports. I usually have a plan when shopping and am not easily deterred by product placing and store scents...ahem, at least not consciously!!
p 105 If children experience social difficulties in school, studies have shown they're far more likely to become preoccupied with collecting. Collecting something...gives children a sense of mastery, completion, and control, while at the same time raising their self-esteem, elevating their status, and just maybe even compensating for earlier years of social difficulty.
Point is, there's something about the ritual-like act of collecting that makes us feel safe and secure. When we are stressed out, or when life feels random and out-of-control, we often seek our comfort in familiar products or objects. We want to have solid, consistent patterns in our lives, and in our brands. So, even though our rational brains tell us that it's completely irrational and illogical to own 547 Hello Kitty fridge magnets, we buy them anyway, because the collecting ritual makes us feel somehow more in control of our lives.
From the bibliography: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Curious Customs: The Stories Behind 296 Popular American Rituals by Ted Tuleja (less)
I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and I laughed out loud several times! LOVED the photographs. She just seems like a fabulous person. We...moreI read this book cover to cover in one sitting and I laughed out loud several times! LOVED the photographs. She just seems like a fabulous person. We have similar thoughts on things which is neat...
p 170 "The secret I learned is that albums that remind me of my childhood happiness make me incredibly sad now. I only have perfect memories of singing along to Graceland with my parents on long car rides to Virginia Beach to visit my parents' friends. It's sort of my go-to stock image of my childhood, actually. I think it has something to do with knowing I'll never be able to go back to that time that makes me cry every time I listen to it."(less)
p 20 It was not the all-consuming feeling which comes when you arrive at a place you've known well, after being away a long time, so that some things...morep 20 It was not the all-consuming feeling which comes when you arrive at a place you've known well, after being away a long time, so that some things are changed, giving you a new thrill, and since you see it with new eyes, it is both old AND new, both familiar and strange.
p 36 It was one thing to touch a person for the first time. It was one of the headier things in life. But to touch a person one has known, after a long time has passed, that was even headier. And if that person was never actually yours to begin with, then the combination was overpowering.
p 54 Sometimes you got that feeling when you met someone--the horizon widened. Most of the time, after you got to know the person, the widening feeling went away. You got used to that person's vista.
p 80 People say first love is the strongest....Knowing more of life made your feelings more dense. Those feelings had survived life's onslaught. The more jaded and protective and disillusioned you became with age, the bigger love would have to be to generate life out of those ruins.
p 88 Usually the people struggling happened to be messes, but that was because they were taking in more of life. Intact people had ruled a lot of things out. They were less open. It was easy to see the openness in people who were wrecks.(less)
I have to admit, I don't think I totally got it! I understand the synopsis, but I don't think I totally appreciated all the "levels" of the book. But...moreI have to admit, I don't think I totally got it! I understand the synopsis, but I don't think I totally appreciated all the "levels" of the book. But I did find the characters interesting and I laughed out loud several times!
p157 "...and Ida grapples them to her for warmth, for company, for something to think about--the old familiars, her treasury of resentments."(less)