Some books take me for a wild ride in my imagination to other worlds, times, experiences, and place. Other books fill my head with new information. Some books proverbially rock my world and cause me to rethink what I thought I already knew.
Witness doesn’t quite fit into any of those categories for me. It’s a familiar story with familiar characters. Yet it has been an incredibly insightful book for me — not because of the story itself. Instead, it is the way the main character tells her story that makes this book well-worth reading. And it’s a quick read, too! (Keep reading . . . no spoilers.) Continue reading
I just finished The Tipping Point by Malcomb Gladwell. For a non-fiction work, this was quite a page-turner for me. Fascinating. Thought-provoking. Intriguing.
- How do eccentric tastes suddenly become a mainstream movement? Seemingly overnight?
- What is it about trendsetters that makes them able to set off trends for the rest of us?
- What does an epidemic flu or AIDS or teenage smoking have anything in common with shoe fashion, kids television programming, or crime sprees?
- Ever notice how great and innovative ideas seem to flounder despite our best efforts — until the right person sees it? Or until the right environment exists for it? Why is that?
- Is there a way for us mere mortals to start epidemic movements of our own?