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How Books and Bookshops Improve Our Mental Health – And Why We Must Protect Them | naked capitalism

If you wonder why I tagged it with “markets”, our local bookstores are markets for our books, too. Especially if you’re self-publishing!

This new tome showcases the brilliant book cover designs that publishers reject

As someone who writes and designs, seeing what didn’t work is more interesting than seeing only what worked.

Also, the publishing industry has a long history of reprinting books with a new cover design, often with a new title, too.

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).

http://naturopathicmaine.com/books/fiction-books/

You should visit his site and particularly read his book Siofra, about an abused young woman and how she reacts emotionally to the abuse.

In these times – when a sitting president and his party seem to think women are supposed to be abused and should just “put up and shut up”  – we should all learn what it’s like to be abused. Maybe that will held motivate us to stop it.