Print: The Good Shepherd by Gunnar Gunnarsson (orig. 1937)
I like to believe that you meet certain books for a reason. Gunnarsson’s novela isn’t an opulent novel, which would storm into your life and turn everything upside down. It rather teaches you how to quietly walk along your thoughts, how to dwell in the moment and focus. The story follows an old Icelandic shepherd, the legendary Bensi, who in the beginning of December embarks on his annual quest to summon all lost and forgotten sheep in the mountains. He struggles through snowdrifts together with his dog and his ram, and their white days are quietly blending into starry nights. The tone of narrating is simple and grounded, with a precise but vidid depiction of the Icelandic landscape. If you’re comfortable with silence, this is the perfect company for the Christmas countdown.
You’ll enjoy it if you liked: The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway), Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder)
Blog: Hunter S. Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life
In 2019, so many people want to give you a life advice and give you a headache instead. In contrast, Thompson’s letter to Hume Logan from 1958 is far more sound than half of the stuff you find in the Self Help Aisle, plus it’s a six minute read. Find it here.
Quote: Robert Macfarlane
We walk on this thin crust above this raging space of life and matter in all its vibrancy and fury, and we know nothing of it.