Most of us have a certain routine, so it's exciting to pick up a book and end up in another time, place, and situation. To make this experience even more intense, I often try to follow a novel I just read with one that's very different.
Paraskevi "Voula" Papachristou and Michel Morganella both trained for years to reach an Olympic level of competition. Each, in turn, was leveled by something notoriously difficult to train -- the tongue.
What is important about vampire and apocalyptic films and books is that the heroes are not just battling a solo evil character and his or her clan. Rather, all of these offer a critique of "the system."
Instead of promoting female sexuality and knowledge of self, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Fifty Shades hide these topics in a false innocence that, apparently, is supposed to make men attracted to us.
The Chinese government needs to respond, at least partly, to what people want, even if that means allowing movies that deal with uncomfortable themes or don't fall into line with the values that the Party wants to promote.
On a more serious note, to the dad from New Jersey smoking a cigar while pushing your daughter in a stroller: Will you be my muse? You pushed me to the next level. After I judged your behavior, I was in the zone. Nobody and nothing was getting passed me.
The Lionsgate blockbuster proved that social media marketing for movies is about more than just ads and promoted hashtags; it's about compelling content and user experiences that draw people into the world of the film.
In the religious landscape, one of the most interesting changes in our society is the growing number of "Nones" -- people who are unaffiliated religiously but may still believe in a God. Two books I've read recently are emblematic of this.