Wednesday, January 5, 2011
i'm reading two non-fiction books at the moment. Bright-Sided investigates the wave of positive thinking that's blanketed the nation. in it Barbara Ehrenreich tries to disprove the "science" that surrounds phenomena like The Secret.
i have to admit, i've been sending out lots of positive thoughts lately. it seems everyone i know tells me that i can bring about positive change in my life with visualization and a great attitude. part of me believes this. the other part -- the part which belongs to the woman who giggled through Natalie Portman's breakdown at the end of Black Swan -- couldn't wait to get my hands on Ehrenreich's book.
it's a refreshing, interesting read. it tries to erase the concern that the reason i haven't: gotten a new job, apartment etc isn't because i haven't been putting out enough good thoughts, it's just because, well, i haven't. she's not advocating a pessimistic outlook, just a realistic one.
even better Bright-Sided erases the worry that i might attract negative things to my world with the cranky, envious emotions i'm experiencing by reading early thirties, successful blogger/writer, socially responsible, hip, brooklyn resider Cathy Erway's The Art of Eating In.
book on young woman cooking her way to success combined with book on feeling alright about feeling frustrated and negative? now that's inspired reading.
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