50 Reasons You Should Be A Bookworm

Let’s face it: I’m a bookworm. Some people might think that spending hours mulling over an old paperback edition of a Russian novel will help you with nothing. But there are many reasons why you should stop everything you’re doing right now and head to that odd-smelling used bookstore around the bend. Us bookworms know more than you think.

1. We know how to move on

Slaughter-house Five

2. We know how to get away with murder…and feel bad about it
Crime and Punishment

3. We know how to make the worst possible things sound pretty

Lolita

4. We know how to Dress for the occasion

Great Gatsby

5. We know how to question authority…

1984

6 …Even when everything seems perfect

Brave New world

We understand:

7. Those who others ignore

Curious incident

8. The oppressed

Beloved

9. The Lost

Road

10. The Blind

Blindness

11. the Faithful

Brother's Karamazov

12. The Non-faithful

Father's and sons

13. The Drunk

Underthevolcano

14. The Addicted

Choke

15. The Good

Idiot Book Cover

16. The Bad

Brighton rock

17. …And the Ugly

Hunchback of Notredam

18. We Know how to get ahead in the Business world

American Psycho

19. We can host a pretty damn good dinner party…

Mrs Dalloway

20. …and find the best place to host it

Brideshead

21. We can live alone…

Notes From Underground

22. …but work with others

Three Musketeers

23. We know how to respect our fellow man…

To Kill a Mockingbird

24. …and ruin his life if we have to

Count of Monte Cristo

25. We know how to use our imagination

Don Quixote

26. We know how to dream…

Cloud Atlans

27. …And how to make others dream too

Do Androids dream

28. We know how to ask all the right questions…

oedipus

29. …And give all the right answers

Siddartha

30. We Know how to make it in America

USA

31. Survive in America

Grapes of Wrath

32. Be free in America

Freedom

33. Fight in America

Red Badge of courage

34. We can release ourselves from the shackles of others…

Awakening

35. …Or put on the shackles ourselves

120 days

36. We know how to fall in Love

A Farewell to Arms

37. We know how to find ourselves…

Razors edge

38. …Even if we don’t know where we are

Life of Pi

39. We know how to organize a government

Lord of the Flies

40. …And Bring one down too

V for vendetta

41. We know how to look back on our past

Swanns way

42. We know how to play our part…

As You like it

43. …Even if it doesn’t seem too important

Fifth Business

44. We know how to get smarter…

Flowers for Algernon

45. And be the Smartest.

Sherlock Holmes

46. We know when to lead…

Henry V

47. …And When to follow

War and Peace

48. We know how to grow old…

Death of Ivan Ilyich

49. …And How to Stay Young

Catcher in the rye

But Most of All…

50. We Know How to put in a good day’s work

Ulysses

In Defense of the Humanities

The Humanities has become the butt of a lot of jokes on college campuses. Apparently, it’s the degree that’ll get you that waiter or barista job you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child. And guess what? You’ll be serving all those business and engineering majors five dollar frappés from Starbucks. Arts majors can dream about the bourgeois life while the others can measure success by the price of their coffee.

In his latest book, Physics of the future, Michio Kaku gives an optimistic view of the future involving automation and sustainability. While the reputed futurist gives a fairly ideal and frankly utopian view of the next 100 years, he also sheds light on our upcoming post-scarcity world Not only does he cite the emerging efficiency of renewable technologies such as solar power, but he notes that automation will leave many of us to take more specialized positions, since many basic service and manufacturing jobs will not be necessary. Foxconn, maker of Apple, Microsoft and Samsung products in China, will soon be adding up to hundreds of thousands new machines to their assembly line. Online shopping, too, will cause more salespeople to be obsolete. The age of automation is also the age of human obsolescence.

So what does this mean? Does it point towards a generation of unemployed or underemployed youth? Will it mean the end of a whole series of jobs we thought self-evident to a developed society?

The thing is, we don’t know. One thing is certain, though; companies are going to look for innovators. Creators. Inventors. People of ideas. It is no longer enough to just remember what something is and how to use it. It is no longer enough to just know. In the near future, you will have to know HOW to know. Our basic processes of understanding and creativity are no longer worth scoffing at, especially when taught through historical, philosophical, and literary works. The humanities fosters creative arguments and contradictory perspectives. Without knowing how to use creativity, companies will stagnate. The massive surge of start-ups and online businesses, on top of the apps that track all of these products and present the best possible purchasing options — will stifle old capitalistic methods and transform our society into what Michio Kaku has called “perfect capitalism”.

Since the efficiency of everything is increasing exponentially, as well, we have to understand that people will have more time to enjoy these literary works. People will not be exhausted by their repetitive manufacturing processes. People will have time to read. Whether it be on TV or in massive, Stephen King-sized tomes, people will have more time to digest them. This is necessarily increase the output of intellectual thought. Humanity will have the time to improve their minds.

Ultimately, people must now pay attention to the Humanities. It’s not that they were unimportant before, but now they provide real-world applications. The greatest and most-often overlooked aspect of it is that they teach you how to learn. They don’t just teach you how to copy or translate something, but they teach you how to question language, and at times even doubt it. This shift won’t happen right away, and frankly, the Humanities have not yet recognized their potential as a formative hub of creative thinkers. Many engineering and media studies programs have, and by embracing website and e-business creation, have heralded many of this generation’s young entrepreneurs.

The future, it seems, belongs to those who dream. It also belongs to those who know how to do it.