Ever finished a book? Lauren Martin asks at Elite Daily. I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?
Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.
It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference.
TV Shows Are Just Reimagined Classic Novels
Frankenstein pushing daisies? You won’t believe the similarities between these classic books and today’s most popular shows, says Alexis Nedd in BuzzFeed. For example:
Firefly = 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: A morally shifty captain with a chip on his shoulder and a strong hatred of government leads his crew on a journey of danger, exploration, and criminal activity in the last great frontier.
Pushing Daisies =
A man knows the secret to bringing the dead back to life but everyone focuses on that instead of the nuanced plot that deals with the nature of life, beauty, and human connection.
“‘The way in which Archie dies is everything that you would expect of Archie,’ said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher. ‘He dies heroically. He dies selflessly. He dies in the manner that epitomizes not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us. It’s what Archie has come to represent over the past almost 75 years.’
As How To Train Your Dragon 2 roars onto the cinema screens, Claire Kearns asks at The Guardian: Is your dragon knowledge ferocious or tame?
The Perfectly Shaped Treat: Literary Cookie Cutters
Do you like cookies? Kelly Jensen asks at Book Riot. What about words and books? Well then do I have a (sweet) treat for you: literary cookie cutters. Let’s take a tour through the possibilities for some of the most bookish cookies your heart can imagine.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Here’s your standard book, pages open for your reading/eating pleasure.
They’re almost too good looking to want to eat. Almost.
What is it that has caused us to become closer to other species of animals? Aubrey H. Fine asks at Utne. I believe one of the most critical aspects in this evolution is a growing respect and understanding that our companion animals are sentient beings with emotions and thoughts.
Historically, the human/canine relationship goes back almost 12,000 years and may may an evolutionary basis. Gregory Berns explains, “The dog’s brain represents something special about how humans and animals came together. It’s possible that dogs have even affected human evolution. People who took dogs into their homes and villages may have had certain advantages. As much as we made dogs, I think dogs probably made some part of us, too.”