An ode to books.

I still prefer to consume sentences the old-fashioned and nongreen way, on the pulped carcasses of trees that have had their throats slit.

You can’t read an e-book in the tub. You can’t fling one across the room, aiming, as Mark Twain liked to do, at a cat. And e-books will not furnish a room.

Writing in The Times in 1991, Anna Quindlen declared, “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”




In Defense of Food

I just read Michael Pollan’s (who I love) book In Defense of Food. I know I have read some of his other books/follow him on Twitter/read his articles regularly. I know his whole belief schema. So the book wasn’t anything new or surprising… but it was still great and highly recommended!

The main takeaways are:

1. The expected: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

2. But also the larger and more profound for me: Everything is interconnected… When you eat something, even a plant, you want to consider the soil it was grown in, the pesticides used, the amount of sunlight it got, the nutrition and flavor implications, how far this particular orange/apple/bunch of grapes traveled, etc. Too often I focus simply on healthfulness and cost, and as I don’t have enough money to always buy from farmer’s markets/organic, etc. I would like to consider it more. It’s about where that cow was raised, what it ate, how it was killed, and how high quality of a life it led. I know this sounds silly, but it’s true. You are what you eat. It’s about quality over quantity. It’s hard to go from point a to point b with this theory though… How am I actually going to practice this in my own life? I guess I am going to try to buy more high quality things, maybe buy less of them and savor them more, and eat more mindfully. Think about where each thing I ate came from, and if I want that energy to enter my body. I guess I could go on forever… but really, just read this book.

If I had one complaint… I almost felt like he could have gone more in depth/gone on longer! The end kind of took me as surprise… I was like “That’s it?!”