The world is just awesome.
April 15, 2012 4:44 PM Subscribe
I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in.
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Depression-free, creatively unblocked and finally starting to emerge into the world I've been hiding from since adolescence. It looks pretty awesome! Help me get to know it and love it better. What nonfiction books or documentaries have both educated you about the world we live in and infected you with a passion for that subject?
This may be a vague-sounding question, but I am looking for books that give me two specific things:
1. The feeling of OMG AMAZING FACTS
2. A resounding answer to the question "Why should I care about this?"
Something magical happens when I'm introduced to a topic by a geek with a gift for explaining what they love about it. It's different from being lectured by an expert. I start to feel not like I am being presented with facts but introduced to a beloved friend of a friend. And then I start to love it too.
In short, I want people describing or depicting something in such a way that I glimpse its character and fall in love with it. If the book is about stars, I want it to make me feel at home in the night sky. If it's about snails, I want it to make every snail I meet after that feel like a friend. (Hey, buddy.) And so on.