Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #163!
You may know by now that I’m a big fan of TED Talks…
They’re entertaining, they’re inspiring, they’re educational. I may not agree with the speakers from time to time, and most always I’m coming from a different worldview. But they are intelligent discourses, sincere and well-done presentations of past experiences and hopes and dreams for the future. (And a lot less melodramatic than Facebook… 😉 ) But I digress.
Recently I was doing some research for another post and came across yet another interesting idea. As described on the TED site:
As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence, and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by graphic designer Milton Glaser. “Books tell us who we’ve been, who we are, who we will be, too,” Prager says.
Yes, I’m a book lover, and have learned and continue to learn so much from the written word. So the thought that there is a literary connection to our “years” definitely piqued my interest.
For you visual types, here’s the video itself:
Well, I was intrigued, and the bibliophile in me took the bait and ordered the book. Y’all, it’s just lovely! (And – spoiler alert to my family: you may or may not be getting a copy of this as a birthday present from me in the coming year. wink-wink) It’s a wealth of wisdom for (and from) each year of our lives from birth to 100. Great conversation starters at the table or while friends are visiting (mine is staying on our coffee table…); and neat little quotes to include on birthday cards or gifts. Of course, you can find the book on Amazon, like everything else. Do let me know what you think of it if you get it, too!
If you’re also into TED Talks and have some time
to waste, here are some more videos on books and reading…and yes, I get the irony there…:
Why a good book is a secret door – Marc Barnett
What we learned from 5 million books – Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden
Happy reading and/or viewing!
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