Most of us think that our consumer decisions; the deodorant we use, the shoes we wear, the car we drive, are based on logic and reason. Martin Lindstrom, a highly successful consumer product marketing consultant, disagrees.
January 20-29 is Restaurant Week in Kansas City, a time when area foodies line up to taste off-menu offerings at dozens of local eateries. We’ve rounded up recent culinary memoirs that have arrived at a Kansas City Public Library near you.
World events can trigger curiosity on a particular subject. With the recent death of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, a well-written book on the country is timely.
In Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick provides a rare book into this closed, repressive society through several citizens who left the austere conditions of the country. The author weaves the nation’s history into the stories of the individuals she profiles, who are all defectors from North Korea.
The narrative focuses on the controlled existence that North Koreans endure, in which their daily lives center on their work sites, people are expected to report suspicious activity of their neighbors, and citizens are kept in the dark about advances in other countries as they are taught that nations such as South Korea and the United States cannot be trusted.
For all of human existence, at least since humans gained language, stories have been a part of our world and they affect our perception of the world around us. In many ways, the Odyssey is Homer’s portfolio, a defense and a demonstration of the art of telling stories.