The Notebook: Issue 17

Hi
Welcome to the 2019 March issue of ‘The Notebook’.

This is a list of books, movies, blog posts, interviews, video clips and other stuffI 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:

Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

This is an amazing graphic novel written and drawn by Israeli author and illustrator Rutu Modan.
Exit Wounds is a lovely and strange and unpredictable story. Exit Wounds is surprisingly quiet and restrained. There’s never a big reveal, or a Shocking Plot Twist™, just a lot of small character moments that show you how little people are knowable, even the people theoretically closest to you.”
Read the complete review here

A Movie Worth Sharing:

Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas

The film won the best director award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.Guillermo del Toro ranked it number 1, in his favorite ghost stories on film list
Read Olivier Assayas’s interview on making this film…

I don’t think I would’ve written this screenplay if I had not known Kristen Stewart.

An Idea Worth Sharing:

“Here’s a cool trick to show the kids at parties. Take a problem—any problem—in your life, and you’ll realize that it’s fundamentally an emotional problem.

  • Working too much? Anxiety and stress are driving you mad = emotional problem.
  • Not working enough? Lethargy and indifference = emotional problem.
  • Sister pissed off at you for stealing her birthday cake? Being a selfish asshole = feeling entitled and vindictive towards your sister = emotional problem.
  • Don’t have any friends? Inability to connect with others in any meaningful way = emotional problem.

I could do this all day. Name a personal problem and I guarantee there’s some sort of emotional dysfunction at the heart of it. A lot of my next book is based on this idea. And one of the realizations that came up while writing it is that we tend to think of self-discipline in terms of having the right knowledge and ideas and then executing on them. We always think of a disciplined person as having their mental shit together, when really, it’s that they have their emotional shit together.Because when you get down to it, self-discipline isn’t about knowledge or even effort—self-discipline is fundamentally about emotions. If an action or behavior doesn’t feel right then eventually, you will stop doing it. Or, conversely, if the wrong behavior feels right, you will keep doing it. So really, self-discipline, in many ways is about getting a handle on your own emotions.” – Mark Manson

A Quote Worth Sharing:

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” — Bertrand Russell. (Via, BrainFood#303)

Random Stuff:

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

It’s a long article. But this is well worth a read, so please take your time to read it.
And I’ll tease you with few quotes…
“But the second thing it does is more important. The technology forces you to be present—in a way flat-screens do not—so that you gain authentic experiences, as authentic as in real life. People remember it not as a memory of something they saw but as something that happened to them.”
“It will be the most social medium yet. More social than social media is today.”
“Something certainly has just happened. A threshold has been crossed. After a long gestation, it is good enough to improve quickly. It’s real.”

Thanks for reading.

Take care and have a nice month…

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