The premise intriguing: what was the young Einstein dreaming while he was developing his theory of time? Different conceptions of time lend themselves to individual scenarios, different worlds, other ways of thinking, being, imagining, playing. In a reality of endless universes time can take different forms; so can lives. Just because certain situations feel a certain way might not mean they necessarily are that way, or that they are only the way that they feel. The possibilities are endless . . .Read the book to begin to soften confines, push boundaries you didn’t know were there — I’d like to hear about what you it means to you.
The Arrival is a journey – and in many ways. For the character(s) in the book, The Arrival describes the finding of new homes, everyday customs, and the challenges of belonging in a new place. For the reader, The Arrival is a journey in perception and meaning-making, as the narrative’s flow, the composition of ideas and images, and the revealing of new storylines takes the reader on unexpected pathways of (self) discovery. The Arrival is also a journey that taps into grand narratives – those that resonate across cultures, time, and location – about where we belong (or do not), who we come to call a friend or family member (and why), and why it is critical that “this place” – rather than “that place” – is definitive and necessary. I’ve heard rumblings – and I dare not check Internet rumors – that the book may be made into a film. And I hope it is not. Why? The images – those real and those imagined – conjured through and with The Arrival are both revealing and open to interpretation, somehow detailed enough to etch meaning into the reader’s mind, and yet expansive enough to welcome another read. Read The Arrival, and then tell me where you’ve gone.
I’ll start things off with a book by the keynote speaker for the June Gathering, Rich Sheridan. Menlo Innovations, which Rich co-founded, is a successful software company, but it’s also an exemplary learning environment. Rich has found that a workplace structured so that people are constantly learning from each other, and where people feel safe to experiment and learn from failure, makes for not only happier employees but better products and higher productivity. Can schools and other organizations be more like this? Read the book and see what you think.
By May 15, submit the title of a favorite book or article (and link if available), along with a sentence or two about why other people should read it. Then choose a book someone else recommended, read it, and find your fellow readers at the June 17-20 iiE Gathering and/or respond to them online. Enjoy your new favorite book and friendships. Books should have some connection to learning and innovation, but the connection is yours to make – you don’t have to choose something that is traditionally educational or scholarly.
(And while you’re thinking about a book to share, let the Talking Heads be your soundtrack:)
The Book I Read was inspired by conversations with Bill Sommers, Skip Wilson, and Karl Klimek, and by Susanna Hapgood’s “Let Me Tell You About The Book I’ve Been Reading” activity.