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Jessica Hagy’s Five Essential Books for Stopping & Thinking

The problem with the internet is there are a gazillion blogs filled with information, but most of it is underwhelming. But an absolute gem, and one of my top three favorite sites ever on the internet is, which is curated and contributed to by Jessica Hagy. Jessica is the author of  How To Be Interesting and has a new book that has just been released, The Art of War Visualized, The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts & GraphsShe mixes data (both quantitative and qualitative) with humour, insight, and simplicity.  Here are her five essential books for stopping and thinking.

Book 1: Walden: Or Life in The Woods
By Henry David Thoreau
Because just sitting and listening to birds chirp for a while can sooth an irritated mind.

Book 2: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
By: Richard Feynman
Because eccentricity and science are lovely narrative dance partners.

Book 3: Bagombo Snuff Box
By: Kurt Vonnegut
Because reading Vonnegut short stories is like taking mini vacations.

Book 4: Codex Seraphinianus
By: Luigi Seraphine
Because nonsense words and surreal, fantastical illustrations provide lots of room for your imagination to get some exercise.

Book 5: The Ego and the Mechanisms for Defense
By: Anna Freud
Because know why we do what we do helps us understand and empathize with each other.

About Jessica Hagy

Jessica HagyJessica Hagy is an artist and writer best known for her Webby award-winning blog, Indexed. A fixture in the creative online space, Jessica has been illustrating, consulting, and speaking to international media and events since 2006. Her work has been described as “deceptively simple,” “undeniably brilliant,” and “our favorite reason for the Internet to exist.” Her style of visual storytelling allows readers to draw their own conclusions and to actively participate in each narrative. “Her images don’t always tell us what to think; quite often, they elegantly offer us ideas to think about.” She lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Jessica’s latest book is The Art of War Visualized, The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts & Graphs.

Connect with Jessica

Twitter: @jessicahagy

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