In the first roundtable episode of season six, we sit down with Ishan Nath and Kevin Beauchemin to discuss interesting articles we've collected from around the web. In the course of our conversation, we dissect the 2016 election (and broader voter behavior), discuss the importance of political norms in ancient Rome, and talk about the prevalence of anxiety in America and how we can calm our nerves (hint: it's not the fidget spinner).
In episode 2 of season 6, we sit down with Brian Brown, principal and founder of Narrator, author and editor at Humane Pursuits, and founder of the Anselm Society, to discuss the importance of cultivating imagination through storytelling and the arts. Brian also shares his favorite cocktail recipe and his top three book picks. But first we have a chat about our (joint) contemporary preoccupations!
In the first episode (!) of our sixth season, we sit down with longtime contributors Jordan and Catherine Short to talk about personality typing, especially through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram. Along the way, we learn that Zac is terrible at guessing personality types, Jordan has been blessed with an uncanny ability to intuit the birth order of strangers, Catherine has something in common with both Judge Judy and Sonia Sotomayor, and Sally is basically Hermione Granger. We also talk about shows and movies that we're looking forward to watching this summer. It's a lot of fun and a great start to a new season of Vernacular!
In the final installment of season 5, we discuss the last selection in the Vernacular Book Club: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande. As the title implies, Gawande's book draws from his experience as a clinician and researcher to wrestle with some of the weightest questions of life: what does it mean to live well? What is it to die? How do we balance our twin desires to live life to the fullest and to the longest? Join us for a great discussion on these questions and more, and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, or in the comments below!
When Emily Esfahani Smith joined us in Season 2, she gave us a sneak preview of the book that she was working on, and how she believed that finding meaning in your life came down to four "pillars": belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. In episode 4 of season 5, we continue the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Emily's finished work, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Susan Cain, author of Quiet (our first book club title), calls Emily's book "a life-transforming experience." We dive a little bit more into this "pillars" framework, exploring the merits of the approach and discussing whether or not it is the best way to conceive of meaning. Join us for a discussion that involves a lot of the fun anecdotes in Emily's book, and join the conversation here, here, here, or in the comments! Check out our blog for extra content.
In episode 3 of season 5, we take a break from the Vernacular Book Club and catch up on life lately. We chat about the start of the baseball season (check out Zac's new blog!), our upcoming trip to California, Sally's eats, and what we've been reading and listening to (*hint hint* S*Town). Join the conversation and join the book club (next month's book is The Power of Meaning) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.
In episode 2 of season 5, we continue the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Fredrik Backman's bestselling novel A Man Called Ove. Be prepared for spoilers and our poor (and varied) pronunciations of Ove. We loved this book and we hope you enjoy(ed) it too! If you haven't read it yet, we definitely recommend reading it before seeing the recent movie adaptation. While not perfect (we do have criticisms!), Backman is clearly a storytelling master. Join the conversation about Ove or next month's book (The Power of Meaning) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.
In episode 1 of season 5, we kick off the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Susan Cain's bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. With Zac on Skype, Sally attempting to maneuver Garageband for the first time, and both of us sleep-deprived, we share our impressions of the major elements of Cain's argument and our experiences as an extrovert/introvert (can you guess which one of us is which?). We also announce the birth of our second daughter! Join the conversation about Quiet or next month's book (A Man Called Ove) by connecting with us via email, social media, or our website. Check out our blog for a complete list of our book club selections.