Book swapping or spouse swapping, which one is easier?

Trying to pimp books and swap yesterday at a book thingy was a little frustrating and a little awe inspiring, can you possibly imagine 150 people in the same room silently reading?

Book swapping in Bangalore

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“Books can make you go crazy”

Couple of days ago two corporate type yuppies walking out of the store after spending about three and a half minutes in the store happened to say the most beautiful thing, blah, blah, blah…you do not want to get into “reading” as books can make you go crazy.

Conventional wisdom would probably disagree with the yuppies. My colleague and myself silently smiled (a little crazily?) in agreement.


Books can make you go crazy

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When a book is a little more than just a book.

Everyone who reads has in all likeness read a book that has done something a little special to them. Perhaps it made you cry, it might have changed your world view, maybe act out of your “normal” self. You get the feeling that this book has to be propagated because of the effect it has had on oneself. You get this feeling a lot, with your increasing reading appetite.

But what about a book that has had an actual influence on you, it has had an influence on the person who recommended the book (which you can see) The book has the (un)intended(?) effect of being some kind of self help book, without really being a typical fucking self help book.

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris illustrated by Ian Falconer

This absurd collection of unique tales with anthropomorphic animal characters is perhaps a great gift idea for the current limited attention span generation, they are very short, have beautiful illustrations by Ian Falconer and reflect the shining mind of David Sedaris. Move over La Fontaine and Aesop, shit has gone contemporary.


Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk David Sedaris

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