Why You Can’t Resist Clickbait Headlines….

 

If you’ve followed the tweet or Facebook post to get here, you already know the answer.

Curiosity. 

Curiosity is not a bad thing. It’s “A strong desire to know or learn something.” So put that desire to good use, get off the internet and go read a few good books that might stay with you longer than an article about why you should never stare at a monkey. 😀 The Guardian has a wonderful list of the 100 best non-fiction books.  And if you’re interested in Japan, check out this list from Booklust (And yes, my book is amongst them 😉).

If you like to travel and learn, then Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers is a wonderful book, that also will introduce you to many good books.

Take some time to satiate your curiosity with a good book for a while. The internet will still be there when you get back. And if you really want to know why you’re curious in the first place, then read Why?: What Makes Us Curious.

 

PS. If you haven’t clicked on this article, congratulations! You have successfully joined The Resistance. Except that you wouldn’t know that, because you haven’t read this article, right?

 

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Detectives and Investigative Journalists

Detective

“Now I pass up about twenty-five or thirty thousand of honest gain because I like being a detective, like the work. And liking work makes you want to do it as well as you can. Otherwise there’d be no sense to it. That’s the fix I am in. I don’t know anything else, don’t enjoy anything else, don’t want to know or enjoy anything else. You can’t weight that against any sum of money. Money’s good stuff. I haven’t anything against it.” 
― Dashiell HammettThe Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short Novels

It took me a while to like hard-boiled detective novels. I think I started with The Shadow (the pulp novels) and worked my way up. I still prefer Raymond Chandler to Dashiell Hammett, but Hammett worked for Pinkerton, so he really knew the business. The Continental Op series, which may include Red Harvest are some of the finest detective stories in the business. What Hammett has his character say in The Big Knockover, I think that’s the author also speaking. And that’s what it feels like to be an investigative journalist. The detective and the investigative journo–they both want to do one thing: get past the lies and find the truth. It’s a bonus if you get paid for doing the work. Sometimes, it’s nice to get half up front.