Three things that help me actually like reading the Bible

1) The Bible Project My first experience with the Bible Project was being shown their animated cartoon+handwriting videos by teachers in church and in school (if you're like, isn't that illegal?, don't worry---my teachers are law-abiding citizens, it's because I go to a private school). screengrab of the Leviticus video They have these overview videos… Continue reading Three things that help me actually like reading the Bible

Good books I read in March

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Keywords: historical fiction, Russia, 1922-1954, the Metrepol Hotel, friends that are also family it's hard to tell, beautiful First line: At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Illyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was… Continue reading Good books I read in March

Five friends, five coronavirus diaries

Photo from The Great Empty by The New York Times. When adults talk about 9/11, they say that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing. They say that everybody that was alive has a 9/11 story, they say that the generation before had JFK's assassination and that the generation before that… Continue reading Five friends, five coronavirus diaries

My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

Goodreads If you don't like non-fiction, you might like Malcolm Gladwell's books. They're psychology books that turn experiments and anecdotes into arguments for why the world works the way does--but in ways that slightly turn your view of the world upside down. There are people who love him, and then there are people who give… Continue reading My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

Right now I'm reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. It's a detailed chronicle of Winston Churchill and Great Britain from 1940 to 1941. During those two years, Londoners suffered the extreme anxiety and danger of regular, destructive bombing from the Germans. When I chose this book as my Book of the Month… Continue reading When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

What I read in February // mini-reviews

If I had to defend why stories matter, I would first be exasperated and in disbelief unto the highest degree that I would even need to. Then I would say: It's because they let you see into somebody else's world through somebody else's eyes who most likely thinks, feels, and believes differently than you do.… Continue reading What I read in February // mini-reviews

Interesting questions to ask your friends

When I search for questions to ask friends, all the lists seem to overlap in their interesting but mostly impractical suggestions. For example, the first one I saw on Google was: "Do you think you're brave?" They're the type of question that is temperature-sensitive. They only work best at certain times and in certain places.… Continue reading Interesting questions to ask your friends