The Bookworm Club

Learning new ideas from different domains is one of my great joys in life

Sometimes I question why I read so much. Wouldn't my time be better spent doing something else? Over the last few years I've come to appreciate that I read so much because encountering new ideas fills me with joie de vivre, joy of living. It's only a brief flash, but it's palpable. It's the same feeling as when I'm in the presence of a huge, 1000-year-old tree, or when I'm staring at a starry sky.

"The plague-stricken town… is the utopia of the perfectly governed city"

A passage from Discipline & Punish by Michel Foucault that is not relevant to current events in 2020 whatsoever.

Why salt was so important throughout history

Salt preserved food, encouraged global trade, financed governments, caused rebellions, and influenced the course of wars.