The Notebook: Issue 14

Swimming Pool Movie - Ludivine Sagnier
Swimming Pool Movie – Ludivine Sagnier (Image used without permission)
Hi there,
 
Welcome to the December issue of ‘The Notebook’.
 
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…
 
A Book Worth Sharing:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami
If I have to choose one Haruki Murakami fiction, I’ll choose this one…
“Wind-Up Bird” is part detective story, part Bildungsroman (a novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education), part fairy tale, part science-fiction-meets-Lewis Carroll. Like “A Wild Sheep Chase” and “Dance Dance Dance,” it features a very ordinary man as its hero – a passive, affectless sort of guy with a lowly job and even lower expectations. Like those earlier novels, it sends its hero off on a long, strange wild goose chase that turns into a sort of Kafkaesque nightmare.”
– Michiko Kakutani
 
Read the complete review here
 
A Movie Worth Sharing:

Swimming Pool” by Francois Ozon

One of my favourite Francois Ozon films…
 
“You’ll have to take your eyes off teen temptress Ludivine Sagnier to navigate the psychological twists in Francois Ozon’s thriller. It’s almost worth it. The French director is a major tease, as proved by the way he blended song, dance and homicide in last year’s 8 Women.”
 
An Idea Worth Sharing:
 
 
“The first time I heard a mathematician use the phrase, I was sure he’d misspoken. We were on the phone, talking about the search for shapes with certain properties, and he said, “It’s like looking for hay in a haystack.”
“Don’t you mean a needle?” I almost interjected. Then he said it again.
In mathematics, it turns out, conventional modes of thought sometimes get turned on their head. The mathematician I was speaking with, Dave Jensen of the University of Kentucky, really did mean “hay in a haystack.” By it, he was expressing a strange fact about mathematical research: Sometimes the most common things are the hardest to find.”
Read the complete article here
 
A Quote Worth Sharing:
 
“The real problem with humanity is the following: We have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous.”
— E. O. Wilson ( Via David Perell )
 
Random Stuff:
 
 
“Seth Godin recently noted the following on his always insightful blog:
“The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.”
This perfectly sums up a point I often find myself trying to make when arguing that people don’t need to engage social media to advance their career.”
Read Cal Newport’s complete blog post here
 
Thanks for reading.
Take care and have a nice month…
 
Krishnendu

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