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Last Week’s Links

Here are some of the articles from around the web that I’ve been looking at recently.

Protecting Your Digital Life in 7 Easy Steps

Some suggestions for how to make your personal data”more difficult for attackers to obtain.”

Excavations at Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre Reveal Elizabethan Secrets

Fascinating discoveries from excavation of the Curtain Theatre, a site for performances of Shakespeare’s works that precedes the more famous Globe Theatre.

Stamp Your Literary Passport: 7 Great Books to Take You Around the World

Now that it has become more important than ever for us to learn about people from other cultures, here are some book recommendations for doing just that.

All thrillers or mysteries of a sort, these are books by authors who have been bestsellers in their own countries and whose works you won’t want to miss.

Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy

As a follow-up to the previous entry, here is one of the best explanations I’ve seen in a long time about why we read:

So reading is not merely a diversion or distraction from present pain; it is also an enlarging of our universe, our sympathies, wisdom and experience. The act of entering into the consciousness of another being, another sex, or sexual preference, social group, political outlook or religious persuasion, allows a respite from private and parochial preoccupations. That widening of our concerns may entail entering another location, or period in history – or an arena of which we would otherwise be ignorant. Education, as people are never tired of repeating, is a process of leading out, which suggests another benefit: that in being led by reading into previously unknown territory, we learn.

 

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown