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After reading Northanger Abbey, it is either a steaming pile of Victorian lust, backstabbing and betrayal …

Or a tempest in teapot with a rushed “shit, gotta wrap it all up right now!” ending.

Can’t decide which, but leaning toward the teapot.

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Just finished reading SUM Forty Tales From The Afterlives by David Eagleman. It has forty short, humorous, and witty stories from the “afterlives” (for there are more varieties of after-lifes than any particular religion might have taught.)

This excerpt is from the story “Oz”, in which only the courageous in the afterlife can see God face-to-face:

“A great journey awaits. Along the way you face fears and conquer them, identify streams of self-doubt and ford them, discern the peaks of your arrogance and descend them, spot the clouds of self-pity that hang over you and hike out from under them. By the time the road ends, you emerge with renewed confidence – ready, you believe, to meet your maker, to face the face, to perceive a glimpse of the mastermind who crafted the masterpiece.”

To me, the first two sentences seem to be great advice for our present life. You will “emerge with renewed confidence,” ready to succeed at whatever you set out to do, regardless of whether or not you think there is an afterlife.

So be brave and walk your journey, for greatness awaits you!

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine review: Finding truths through myth and legend | PCWorld

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3258830/gaming/where-the-water-tastes-like-wine-review.html

Hear stories, tell your own, hear how your stories come back to you as retold by others. And experience how the American mythos formed and is reforming.

Fascinating and makes me want to subscribe to Steam to get it.

More games like this, please, Steam!

Guest post by Christopher Farnsworth at Handwritten Girl.

There are many ways to hack a mind. One is by controlling the input you give it. (As in how Fox News controls the minds of its followers.) Most interesting book I’ve read about that idea is Exploded View, by Sam McPheeters, in which software control over what we perceive overturns our very perception of reality.

Good post and good book to read (both Chris’ and Exploded View).