My favorite perspective of winter comes from the disgruntled fictional gonzo reporter Spider Jerusalem from the graphic novel series Transmetropolitan. The series is available on our Hoopla app. Every page of the long running limited series is chock full of stories happening around the main story. The main story itself is about a journalist returning to a city he despises to shed some truth on a world in peril. It is riveting. I highly HIGHLY recommend it, but keep in mind that it is swimming in curse words and vulgarity. 😈
Spider hates everything, and but he loves winter. Why? For him, winter is proof that time is moving forward- that we’ve all been here for another year.
In my case, this past year I’ve become interested in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I enjoy eating meat, but aside from the health and environmental benefits that come from vegetarian and vegan cooking, I’m excited to explore flavors I haven’t fully embraced. I’m starting with the Thug Kitchen series of cook books. I’ve only had a couple recipes from it so far but they are dynamite good! I give it the same high recommendation and language warning I give Transmetropolitan. Beware!
I also find the winter semi-hibernation to be a good time to do some introspection, so I’m reading some books to push me towards discovering and contemplating my life goals.
One of those is Mastery, by Robert Greene. Robert Greene’s style of inspirational writing is written with utmost serious and a decisive lack of humor. He uses historical examples of ‘Masters’ and takes us on a no nonsense journey through their trials towards success. He explains matter-of-factually how to adapt their learned lessons into our own personal journeys. Reoccurring historical figures in this series are Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, and Thomas Edison. The first couple chapters alone are worth reading as it explains different methods of discovering what you want to master.
However, as much as a fan I am of this book, the complete lack of humor can become rather cold in an already cold season. So I’m also re-reading an old favorite of mine, Art and Fear – also available on Hoopla or through our inter-library loan program. Re-reading old favorites is a joyful winter pass-time for me, especially when the book is as insightful as it is well written- with brilliantly executed dead pan humor.