THE JOTTERY: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses
By Andy Selsberg (Perigee Trade; May 5, 2015)
THE JOTTERY is a kind of hybrid of The Book of Questions, The Little Book of Zen, and Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, stuffed with off-the-wall questions you otherwise never would have asked, and that may just help you find greatness you didn’t know was there.
Just in time for warm weather late nights, drinking excursions, and long summer train and car rides, THE JOTTERY includes:
· Examples of the book’s weird and wonderful “thought experiments:” You’ve broken free of desires. Now what do you want? List eight things that make you sad that aren’t usually considered sad (for example, caulk guns). What new Halls of Fame do we need?
· If putting down our hand-held devices and being left with our thoughts is necessary for creativity and great ideas
· The dying art of conversation, and why asking absurd questions like those in the book can help resuscitate it
Review of THE JOTTERY
Love, love, LOVE this book. I am a firm believer in the art of conversation (and how it’s being lost in today’s world) and THE JOTTERY is a brilliant way to jump-start good conversation (not small talk, of course, because small talk is simply not conversation).
For instance, you could reflect on questions such as “Name five things in your ‘stay’ bag” and “What could ATMs dispense, other than money?” How about “List six facts or factoids you’d like to be said at your funeral , but probably won’t be” or “List six ways you could be wasting time more inefficiently?” These are thinkers. And they plant the seeds of interesting conversations.
I’m fascinated by (or possibly obsessed with) THE JOTTERY. And, if you’re a writer? Please. This book couldn’t be more useful as writing prompts or, dare I say, ideas for blog posts. Guess what I’ll be using this book for?
Andy Selsberg’s books (Dear Old Love and You Are Good at Things) have been featured by The New Yorker, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and Penthouse. Andy has also written for GQ, The Believer, Oxford American, and Salon. (He also has his work on super-hip letterpress cards, as recently featured by Madewell.)
You can purchase THE JOTTERY on Amazon.
Before you go, you can enter to win your own copy of THE JOTTERY. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends May 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!