I Just Read Your Book. Now What?

Feels like I’ve been cruising through a lot of books lately.  I’m reading The Waiter Rant right now.  Prior to that,  I was reading As We Forgive, Ignore Everybody, and The Last Best Hope.

Every time, by the end of the book, I’d leave with the same feeling.  I was pumped.  The book got me feeling passionate about some issue.  Inevitably, I’d ask myself, “now what?”

Media, especially books, have this ability to catalyze people to action.   Every time someone puts down a book, walks out of a movie theater, listens to a CD, or reads a blog post, there is an opportunity.  If people like what they saw, they’ll be like “give me some more of where that came from” or “how do I continue the conversation?”

All too often there’s nothing.

I don’t know where you all stand politicly but I conservatively minded when it comes to politics and have been incredibly frustrated with the current state of the Republican party.  When I read Joe Scarborough’s book The Last Best Hope, I was pumped.   I wanted to find other people who espoused these same values so that we could come together and get something done.  But there was nothing.

I’ve been a long time fan of the band Iron & Wine.  I’ve bought just about every CD they’ve produced.  If they came to the DC area in concert, I’d probably be there front row.  Here’s the kicker.  They did come to the DC area and I didn’t know about.   After the many CDs that I’ve purchased, there has never been a way to tap in for more.

I don’t know about everyone else but when I find media I like, I don’t just want this singular experience.  I want some more.   I wanna connect with people who are just as excited as I am.

Everyone makes it so stinking hard.

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