The Storytelling Animal

"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories." - Jonathan Gottschall This quote alone is what convinced me to pick up Gottschall's book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. As a storyteller myself, I was intrigued that this need to to tell stories, to discover bits of ourselves and humanity that would otherwise elude us was, something that seemed inherently ingrained in all of u

The Yule Cat and the Christmas Book Flood

Iceland has some wonderful (and frankly terrifying) traditions. What are they, you ask? The first tradition is wonderful, especially for people who enjoy books as much as you and me. The Christmas Book Flood or Jólabókaflód. On Christmas Eve everyone everyone exchanges books on Christmas Eve and spends the rest of the night READING! Isn't that amazing?! Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, with most of that publishing occurring during the Christmas