Sam McLoughlin has a new book out that does what few books can do: Talk to young adults about Stuff That Matters in a way they will enjoy without dumbing it down or yukking it up.
The Default Life is what you can give to yourself, if you’re a thoughtful younger person, or to thoughtful younger persons in your life. It responds to Pascal’s observation that we spend tremendous resources distracting and insulating ourselves against the Big Questions, against even our true selves. In so doing (and you knew the Postman title was coming, didn’t you?) we are indeed Amusing Ourselves to Death.
So Sam is here to help with that. He comes alongside the reader and says, “Hey, look at that. And that. And listen to this. And this. And how about we consider this and that for a minute? So here’s what I’m wondering….”
Summer’s coming, when young people actually can read outside what they have to read on the job or in school. A lot of them should read this.
Sam’s worked hard to make it available: Kindle, paperback, even parts of it downloadable from his blog, thedefaultlife.com
Every once in a while, you think it would be good to get a book like this. Now you can.