Do Interesting by Russell Davies [7/10]

I have observed a sub-sub-nonfiction genre, part of both Self-Help and Creativity, that tackles how be more “in” a consequently more intriguing world, a mixture of mindfulness and a range of hacks. Rob Walker’s The Art of Noticing: Rediscover What Really Matters to You proved to be a catalyst for my own “in the world” habits. Now multifacted writer/strategist Russell Davies freshens up the concept with his Do Interesting: Notice. Collect. Share. , in which we are exhorted to literally pick things/topics, often seemingly banal, to snatch from our senses, to then keep track of them through journaling or scrapbooking or whatever, and then to finally disseminate our observations/musings to others and the wider world. Do Interesting is usefully organized with snappy, numbered “Do” activities, and the writing is snappy and illuminating. If you feel as if the world is a blur around you, if nothing seems to interest you anymore, Do Interesting might form a valuable companion into a new mode of existence.

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