It also talks about how religion, literature, and Disney movies have similar life lessons and how each one can teach people about the proper way to live a good life. I want to finish the Katherine Arden series in 2019. 1. Even at the age of twelve or thirteen, I was impressed by the logic and materiality of the world. Love has been a wild animal, a poultice, a dinghy, a coat. Although I feel like I had a bad reading year in 2018, I only read 35 books and I was in a reading slump for 3 months, I actually found some great reads. The face of afraid keeps changing constantly, and I can count on that change. If this labor has enlarged and enriched your own life this year, please consider aiding its sustenance with a one-time or loyal donation. Shift how one thought about mortality? It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. Together, these two molecules commenced the psychedelic revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, frothing the stream of consciousness — a term James coined — into a turbulent existential rapids. Best Books Podcast Free Newsletter, Copyright © 2017-2020   |   All Rights Reserved   |   Disclosure & Privacy Policy, "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma, TRJ #17. One of the loveliest poems in the book serenades a theme recurring throughout Le Guin’s body of work as her central poetic preoccupation and an animating force of her philosophical fiction: time. While this is happening, imaging tools can observe the changes in the brain’s activity and patterns of connection. Bailey spent a year experimenting and researching different habits and activities, to find out how people can maximize their productivity. Through the lens of his personal experience as a working scientist and a human being with uncommon receptivity to the poetic dimensions of life, Lightman traces our longing for absolutes in a relative world from Galileo to Van Gogh, from Descartes to Dickinson, emerging with that rare miracle of insight at the meeting point of the lucid and the luminous. It’s a great American-dream story that shows the true path to becoming successful and what is needed to get there. Unity has given way to multiplicity. Your support makes all the difference. Alex Banayan: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Overcome Rejection, & Network With Anyone. He was a member of the white working class, a man often afflicted by despair who still managed to retain a core optimism. In the end, readers will have learned at least two valuable lessons from this book. Motion is relative. A lot can be learned about his drive and desire to achieve from reading this book. Yet it is there. And we also see love and tender hearts carry the day. This terrible truth binds us all: fear there’s a single, unattainable, correct way to be human. The longer they go untended, the more mangled and painful they become. Traveling from a country on the brink of one catastrophic political regime to a country that has survived another, Smith took the opportunity to unmoor the despair of the present from the shallow waters of the cultural moment and cast it into the oceanic context of humanity’s pasts, aswirl with examples and counterexamples of progress, with ideals attained and shattered, with abiding assurance that we shape tomorrow by how we navigate our parallel potentialities for moral ruin and moral redemption today. From working 10+ hours a day of physical labor in freezing temperatures to constantly walking past dead bodies. In 2018, I was fortunate to read a number of great books, 38 to be exact (the vast majority were physical books, but some were ebooks or audiobooks). Love is why we have hope. This book doesn’t have any secrets to life, but that’s the point. 1. The Great Alone is another great read by Kristin Hannah (who wrote my favorite book of all-time, The Nightingale). The natural world can offer us more than the means to survive, on the one hand, or mortal risks to be avoided, on the other: it can offer us joy. It is hard here. He has seen the stars of countless political regimes, scientific theories, and ideologies rise and fall. The author spent 10 YEARS in a North Korean concentration camp (yes, these still exist), managed to escape and shares stories of corruption and the truth about life in the hermit kingdom. Today we’ll continue the positivity with my favorite kind of list to read or watch around this time: My Top 10 Books of 2018. To convey that reality to those unbedeviled by such mental anguish, and to wrap language around its ineffable interiority for others who suffer silently from the same, is therefore a creative feat and existential service of the highest caliber. One of the folktale archetypes, according to the Aarne-Thompson classification of these stories, tells of how “a mysterious or threatening helper is defeated when the hero or heroine discovers his name.” In the deep past, people knew names had power. — Undergirding the verses is Le Guin’s largehearted generosity of spirit — toward the reader, toward nature and reality, toward the intertwined natures of life and art. The two young lovers were Elizebeth Smith and William Friedman, and the rich man, the eccentric textile tycoon George Fabyan. Once you name a disorder, you may be able to connect to the community afflicted with it, or build one. These books either changed the way I looked at the world or taught me something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you! I’ve grown so expert at hiding them, most people would never even know that I’m suffering. This book is about a family living essentially, off the grid, in Alaska, a choice that was made by Ernt, a father who suffers from PTSD from the Vietnam War. Chance and choice converge to make us who we are, and although we may mistake chance for choice, our choices are the cobblestones, hard and uneven, that pave our destiny. Check out our list of 100 notable books of 2018, and our gift guide for book lovers.] to vastness and dissolve in light, He recounts “a flash of illumination” on the Greyhound bus that revealed to him the nature of creativity and composes a singularly delightful account of meeting the great, troubled logician Kurt Gödel at a farewell party for T.S. The modern-day universe of codes and ciphers began in a cottage on the prairie, with a pair of young lovers smiling at each other across a table and a rich man urging them to be spectacular. When does anything start? and both are free and can return & here are the wrap-up videos where I talked about/reviewed each book! Not anyone outside my body, and definitely not me. By the spring, she had lost nearly fifty pounds. In a diary entry penned on her fiftieth birthday, Lorde reckons with the sudden call to confront the ultimate fear: I want to write down everything I know about being afraid, but I’d probably never have enough time to write anything else. So why have some of us felt like jumping off tall buildings ever since we can remember, even those of us who do not struggle with clinical depression? Our favorite books draw on politics and the news, whether via wrongful incarceration, #MeToo, or the divide between generations.But they also totally captivate us with gorgeously-crafted sentences, their singular take on modern stories, and their … Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck was my favorite book of 2018. In consequence, they are invariably subjective and incomplete — a shelf’s worth of books that I, one person, read and enjoyed in the time given, with the sensibility I have. Love and goodness and the world’s beauty and humanity are the reasons we have hope. We have been redeemed and saved by love, even as a few times we have been nearly destroyed, and worse, seen our children nearly destroyed. Something rises at the nib of her pencil and her heart whomps away. 10. Arnold doesn’t hide anything and talks about both the ups and downs during his life journey. After a time, I sat up and started the engine again. If the physical world were a novel, with the business of examining evil and good, it would not have the clear lines of Dickens but the shadowy ambiguities of Dostoevsky. Yet no matter how much we recycle, believe in our Priuses, and abide by our local laws, we see that our beauty is being destroyed, crushed by greed and cruel stupidity. Lightman recounts the unbidden revelation of one such nocturnal crossing: No one was out on the water but me. When the subject is grim, I think of the act of naming as diagnosis. The Absolutes are ideals, entities, beliefs in things that lie beyond the physical world. Perhaps in a different time under different cultural influences living in a different society he would have become one of the rabid old angry white men of whom the present left is so afeared. The ribs of a pattern shine through. Sign up to discover amazing books, insightful lessons, helpful reading tips, and much more. "Favorites" is fine. And even though he isn’t perfect and had an affair, he is an awesome human being and readers will learn a lot by reading his book. Nothing is fixed. Exactly a month after her diagnosis, with the medical establishment providing more confusion than clarity as she confronts her mortality, Lorde resolves in her journal: Dear goddess! The idea took hold of me. It was a moonless night, and quiet. Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. For nearly fifteen years, it has remained free and ad-free and alive thanks to patronage from readers. Consider donating to keep the site up and running! It’s not all there is to changing the world, but it’s a key step. As a college student, the author hacked The Price Is Right and used the prize money to fund his quest to learn from the world's most successful people. Attention, after all, is the handmaiden of consciousness, and consciousness the central fact and the central mystery of our creaturely experience. I saw no reason to believe in God, or in any other unprovable hypotheses. My Favorite Books of 2018. Essential Life-Learnings from 14 Years of Brain Pickings, Singularity: Marie Howe’s Ode to Stephen Hawking, Our Cosmic Belonging, and the Meaning of Home, in a Stunning Animated Short Film, The Cosmic Miracle of Trees: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests, How Kepler Invented Science Fiction and Defended His Mother in a Witchcraft Trial While Revolutionizing Our Understanding of the Universe, Emily Dickinson’s Electric Love Letters to Susan Gilbert, Rebecca Solnit’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us, Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives, In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times, A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety, The Courage to Be Yourself: E.E. Their most ardent champions were the psychiatrists and physicians who lauded them as miracle drugs for salving psychic maladies as wide-ranging as anxiety, addiction, and clinical depression. At the end of the book, Stern considers the centrality of anxiety in her own blink of existence and telescopes to a larger truth about this widespread yet largely invisible affliction that seems a fundamental feature of being human: When did it start? I’d read in Popular Science or some similar magazine that the time for a pendulum to make a complete swing was proportional to the square root of the length of the string. On the lookout for your next book to read, but not … While I’ve linked to just the first book in this expansive series, I am ranking ALL of the books on ‘Favorite Books of 2018’ list – all 8 of them.Rise of the Iliri is one of those series’ that grabs you, holds you and never lets go. And oh how alive So Far So Good (public library) is — a sort of existential atlas, traversing bordering territories of mediations, incantations, and divinations on subjects like time, impermanence, and the splendors of uncertainty. F or many years when I was editing Books & Culture, I posted an annual list of favorites.Last December, a year after the end of B&C and a couple of months after the abrupt shutdown of Education & Culture, I made do with Twitter.It’s good to have a roomier space, for 2018 at least, right here. with mist, and rock, and light. I’d highly recommend reading this book to both men and women because it helps people better understand the opposite sex through a scientific lens instead of simply saying “Guys are stupid” or “Girls are weird.”. Yet after my experience in that boat many years later… I understood the powerful allure of the Absolutes — ethereal things that are all-encompassing, unchangeable, eternal, sacred. William and Elizebeth were married at Riverbank, where they had begun collaborating on cryptographic work. And then — much thanks to Timothy Leary’s reckless handling of his Harvard psilocybin studies that landed him in prison, where Carl Sagan sent him cosmic poetry — a landslide of moral panic and political backlash outlawed psychedelics, shut down clinical studies of their medical and psychiatric uses, and drove them into the underground. The author retells his life at Auschwitz and several other concentration camps and talks about the horrible conditions he and other prisoners had to endure to survive. The authors also provide readers with additional tools and information at their website here. That, indeed, is what the philosopher and Trappist monk Thomas Merton celebrated in his beautiful fan letter to Rachel Carson after she catalyzed the modern environmental movement by speaking inconvenient truth to power in exposing the truth about pesticides, marketed at the time as harmless helpers to humanity — an act Merton considered “contributing a most valuable and essential piece of evidence for the diagnosis of the ills of our civilization.” Such naming of wrongs, betrayals, and corruptions unweaves the very fabric of the status quo. Some still do. She writes: Reading an octopus’s intentions is not like reading, for instance, a dog’s. They are lodged deep in our tissues and emerge to surprise us. Favorite Books of 2018 – Brain Pickings Favorite Books of 2018 The anatomy of feeling, the science of psychedelics, Ursula K. Le Guin’s final poetry collection, arresting essays by Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Anne Lamott, and Audre Lorde, a physicist’s lyrical meditation on science and spirituality… You can also become a spontaneous supporter with a one-time donation in any amount: Partial to Bitcoin? Subscribe to this free midweek pick-me-up for heart, mind, and spirit below — it is separate from the standard Sunday digest of new pieces: I treat my annual best-of reading lists as Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which frame aspirational priorities for the new year, they present a record of the reading that merited priority over the year past. There’s also a lot of great advice from icons such as how Tim Ferriss cold-emails people, how Jessica Alba stays focused on her business, and how Pitbull believes people should always stay an intern. She dances with her fear in an entry penned six days later: I am listening to what fear teaches. I have no staff, no interns, not even an assistant — a thoroughly one-woman labor of love that is also my life and my livelihood. A century and a half after Thoreau extolled nature as a form of prayer and an antidote to the smallening of spirit amid the ego-maelstrom we call society — “In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean,” he lamented in his journal — McCarthy considers the role of the transcendent feelings nature can stir in us in a secular world: They are surely very old, these feelings. When we collide with the unexpected, with the antipode to our hopes, we are plunged into bewildered despair. In consonance with her conviction, Le Guin sent the manuscript of her final poetry collection to an independent nonprofit poetry publisher, Copper Canyon Press, who turned directly to her readers to bring it to life. I’m going to use this number as a benchmark for my reading goal of 2019, which has me reflecting on all of the great books I was able to finish this year. With an eye to “what the ancient Greeks did to each other, and the Romans, and the seventeenth-century British, and the nineteenth-century Americans,” Smith offers a corrective that stretches the ahistorical arc of that assumption: My best friend during my youth — now my husband — is himself from Northern Ireland, an area where people who look absolutely identical to each other, eat the same food, pray to the same God, read the same holy book, wear the same clothes and celebrate the same holidays have yet spent four hundred years at war over a relatively minor doctrinal difference they later allowed to morph into an all-encompassing argument over land, government and national identity. Nothing lasts. Refrains loop around and around my brain like fast jabber and I cannot get any of it to stop. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, buffer, muddle, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness. I felt connected not only to the stars but to all of nature, and to the entire cosmos. If you cannot point to something, then it is invisible. My breath flips on its side, horizontal and too wide to go through my lungs. Lightman defines them as concepts and beliefs that “refer to an enduring and fixed reference point that can anchor and guide us through our temporary lives” — notions like constancy, immortality, permanence, the soul, “God”; notions unprovable by the scientific method. We rise from the pit only by love. 2018 is almost done so it's time for me to share my top favorite books I've read this year! I felt a merging with something far larger than myself, a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute. In fact, I’m even cheating a little bit because I started it in 2017, but it really … My Five Favorite Books of 2018 Read More » Accompanying each letter is an original illustration by a prominent artist in response to the text — including beloved children’s book illustrators like Sophie Blackall, Oliver Jeffers, Isabelle Arsenault, Jon Klassen, Shaun Tan, Olivier Tallec, Christian Robinson, Marianne Dubuc, Lisa Brown, Carson Ellis, Mo Willems, Peter Brown, and Maira Kalman. The subject of Jason Fagone’s excellent biography The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies (public library), Friedman triumphed over at least three Enigma machines and cracked dozens of different radio circuits to decipher more than four thousand Nazi messages that saved innumerable lives, only to have J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI take credit for her invisible, instrumental work. Like? “Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God,” pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell wrote as she contemplated science, spirituality, and our conquest of truth. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 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With an eye to how the discoveries of modern science — from heliocentricity to evolution to the chemical composition of the universe — have challenged many of these Absolutes, Lightman writes: Nothing in the physical world seems to be constant or permanent. 1,241 words Although it probably needs no print space, I wanted to begin with the worst book I read because it is so awful that it inspired me to read a couple on my real top five list. Often, they spiral, straight out of control, splitting and splintering into other disorders, like depression, social anxiety, agoraphobia. ?To be quite honest, 2018 was a blur. A century and a half after Whitman, Rebecca Solnit — one of our own era’s boldest public defenders of democracy, and one of the most poetic — explores this crucial causal link between the stories we tell and the world we build in Call Them by Their True Names (public library) — a collection of her essays at the nexus of politics, philosophy, and the selective record of personal and political choices we call history. Get your to-read list ready: 2018 is a good year for reading. Her vivid prose, pulsating with a life in language, invites the reader into the interiority of a deeply embodied mind that experiences and comprehends the world somatically. The favorable and unfavorable interplay of feeling and reason must be acknowledged if we are to understand the conflicts and contradictions of the human condition. The year was booming with new literary talent - thrilled to see many debuts in the list Click To Tweet . Nor forget how to sing. We go through life seeing reality not as it really is, in its unfathomable depths of complexity and contradiction, but as we hope or fear or expect it to be. I think part of it is the amount of respect people have for him. What are you favorite books of 2018? Every now and then you read a book that literally changes your life, for me, this is that book. All of the new findings suggest that we live in a world of multiplicities, relativities, change, and impermanence. Here's an example. Don’t just read this book, but go and do. Find my Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017 here. Feelings, Damasio argues, are the unheralded germinators of human culture: Human beings have distinguished themselves from all other beings by creating a spectacular collection of objects, practices, and ideas, collectively known as cultures. Fear, against all odds, leads to community, to bravery and right action, and these give us hope. That is what naturalist and author Sy Montgomery, one of the most poetic science writers of our time, explores in How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (public library), illustrated by artist Rebecca Green — an autobiographical adventure into the wilderness of our common humanity, where the world of science and the legacy of Aesop converge into an existential expedition to uncover the elemental truth that “knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways.”, Looking back on her unusual and passionate life of swimming with electric eels, digging for mistletoe seeds in emu droppings, and communing with giant octopuses, Montgomery reflects on what she learned about leadership from an emu, about ferocity and forgiveness from an ermine, about living with a sense of wholeness despite imperfection from a one-eyed dog named Thurber (after the great New Yorker cartoonist and essayist James Thurber, who was blinded in one eye by an arrow as a child), and about what it takes for the heart to be “stretched wide with awe.”. The grave paradox of mental illness and mental health is that, despite what we now know about how profoundly our emotions affect our physical wellbeing, these terms sever the head from the body — the physical body and the emotional body. If to name is to see and reveal — to remove the veil of blindness, willful or manipulated, and expose things as they really are — then it is in turn another step in remaking the world, another form of resistance to the damaging dominant narratives that go unquestioned. Embedded in it is an urgent exhortation to calibrate our actions in such a way as to make their consequences bearable, livable with, in a hypothetical perpetuity. Although they didn’t make it into the top ten, these books are still spectacular and you can learn a lot from reading them: "Mastering Fear" by Brandon Webb & John Mann. (I love using Goodreads’ Reading Challenge for this!) The shocking part is that this book is only about 160 pages. That said, I’m also sensitive to the limitations of the scientific-materialist perspective and believe that nature (including the human mind) still holds deep mysteries toward which science can sometimes seem arrogant and unjustifiably dismissive. In the superb essay collection Feel Free (public library), Zadie Smith applies her symphonic mind to subjects as varied as music, what writers can learn from dancers, climate change, Brexit, the nature of joy, and the confusions of personhood in the age of social media. We were as different as land from sea. It's that time of the… It started when friction created the world. Do not let me die a coward, mother. Since this year I finished writing one book and putting together another, my reading time for new releases has been especially limited, which means these annual selections are especially subjective — no doubt I missed a great many worthy and wonderful books. At the heart of his inquiry is his lifelong interest in the nature of human affect — why we feel what we feel, how we use emotions to construct selfhood, what makes our intentions and our feelings so frequently contradictory, how the body and the mind conspire in the inception of emotional reality. 2019-01-04T12:41:52-06:00 December 29th, 2018 | Life | 8 Comments. In consonance with Maurice Sendak, who so passionately believed that a centerpiece of healthy adulthood is “having your child self intact and alive and something to be proud of,” the child-Amanda emerges from the pages alive and real to articulate in that simple, profound way only children have what the yet-undiagnosed acute anxiety disorder actually feels like from the inside: Whenever I am afraid, worry sounds itself as sixty, seventy, radio channels playing at the same time inside my head. 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