Book Talk: What’s Next

People go through a period of mad reading, followed by a bit of a lull, then do more mad reading.  Alright, I go through those periods although I pick up a newspaper, read a blog, read an online essay, among many things.  Right now I experience the what-am-I-going-to-read paralyses until I pick up a book …

Walking Dead finds its Guvnor…er…Governor

I watched The Walking Dead since it started then read some early issues of the comic.  One well-known character from the series is only known as 'The Governor".  He's a sadistic leader, rules with an iron fist, and can make a survivor wish for an old-fashioned zombie sighting.  Ever since season one, people wondered who …

Sprucing Up the Place

After using the Esquire theme for my blog, I decided a change was necessary.  Esquire looked great, but I didn't like everything down at the bottom as a footer.  I had a look at a few themes, tried some on, and settled on 'Pilcrow' with its row of books.  I have tags and other information …

Writing, Reading, and Thinking

A few days ago, I posted a TED blog entry about Susan Cain's talk The Power of Introverts.  I found out about Ms. Cain quite by accident while purchasing a Kobo title.  Most of the time, I give the 'recommended' titles after my clicks a quick glance.  Sometimes the lists are dead on, and sometimes …

The Best Things In Libraries Are (Sometimes) Free

I wait for a number of things in life.  My ever-growing  list now includes two Hobbit movies, a new Richard Armitage interview, a new season of Mad Men to première, any given novel, and the yearly Library Journal  Best Free Reference list.    This list goes beyond Wikipedia to spotlight the best in websites offering accurate, current, …

Midweek Geekiness

Where the heck do I start? How about a new Avengers trailer? Trailer number one made me giddy, while trailer number two amps my anticipation to warp 11.  We have a collection of well-beloved super heroes, played by some well-beloved actors,  with Joss Whedon directing, and his lines flowing out of Robert Downey Jr like …

TED 2012 is happening right now and this woman is on my radar. A few months ago I came across a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. I may look like an extrovert, but I value solitude and I value the so-called ‘quiet ones’. Why? Sometimes we need quiet, and those who are quiet, to hear new ideas. Hopefully Susan Cain’s talk will upload shortly.

TED Blog

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, is an introvert. So as she gets up to present from the TED2012 stage, bag in hand, it is not a comfortable experience. But it’s an important one, and that’s the point.

Her family grew up reading — they would read together and bring books on trips. That’s how they were social. She tells a story of going to camp at age 9. Her mother packed her a bag full of books to read quietly, the normal thing her family did on vacation, thinking camp would be the same, “I had a vision of ten girls sitting in a cabin reading books in their matching night-gowns.” But when she got to “Camp Rowdie” (as they spelled it), she was ridiculed the first time she read her book, for not…

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