Believe me when I tell you that this book is predicting the future: in The Circle, every bit of every person’s life available to the public. When that begins to happen, as The Circle explains, the world begins to grow suspicious of those who choose not to share. They surely must be hiding some dark secret if they choose not to walk around with a live-feed video camera hanging around their necks. And why should secrecy, privacy be tolerated when all such things lead to is suffering? After all, sharing is caring.
I haven’t put The Circle down since I picked it up earlier this week. It’s fascinating, it’s terrifying, it makes me want to delete my Facebook and then makes me feel ashamed because I wonder how I’ll stay in touch with people without Facebook. How I’ll know what people are talking about, where they’re traveling, what they look like without Facebook. Of course, I know how to write an email, and have even been known to handwrite a letter every now and then, but those methods involve waiting. My generation isn’t very good at waiting. And getting worse by the year.
Anyway, go pick up this book right now. It would make a great book club read, holiday gift, or I Survived the Week gift to yourself. In case I haven’t persuaded you yet, let me just add that the cover (as seen above) is blaze orange. So if you should read it in a deer stand or while out for an evening stroll, it will help keep you safe.
I don’t think it is news to anyone that Jennifer Lawrence is, well, awesome. Here,
among other gems, she gives a young girl advice on dealing with schoolmates who judge others based on physical ideals.
Speaking of generation-defining, here’s an article I found interesting, probably because I have been guilty of wondering why the assassination of John F. Kennedy was so significant. I mean, yes, a president was shot and killed. A person was shot and killed. That by itself is terrible. But why did it matter so much culturally? What had JFK come to represent to America that it was such a shock when he died?
He was young, he had a young family. He was more modern-seeming than the solemn, grey presidents the United States had had since its inception. Have I got it yet?
This article helps explain why younger generations don’t find the JFK assassination to be important, and why our parents and grandparents found it world-shaking:
This gift idea
In case you’re the kind of person who begins in November to stress over what to give as gifts in December, let me ease your suffering. Give this to everyone on your list:
Every day in the month November, this couple tells their kids that plastic dinosaurs have come to life in the night and have gotten into some shenanigans.
Writes Refe Tuma, on “Dinovember”:
Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.
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