Thursday, February 21, 2008

Trendspotting: Stunt Living, Living at the Extremes

Do you search for meaning in this life or create it? Live at the extremes, then write a book, or live a "stunt" life so that you can write about it?

Examples are:
  1. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A.J. Jacobs.
  2. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. A.J. Jacobs' first book, where he reads the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  3. There was a semi-famous blog awhile back about a woman who the same brown dress for a year. She wanted to put a spotlight on our consumer nature.
  4. And also, along those lines is the anti-consumer movement of people who live by buying nothing new, all second hand or grown, raised or made themselves.
  5. Radical Honesty, The New Revised Edition: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth. Telling no lies. I haven't read this yet.
  6. Let's not forget the documentary that started this recent trend, Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, and his reality TV show 30 Days.
I'm going to take baby steps and say, maybe check my email only twice a day, try to think good thoughts, and do a good deed.

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