A big thank-you to my dear friend Elaine who passed this link on to me.
Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi", has taken it upon himself to provide Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a reading list that will inspire stillness. Every two weeks on his website, "What is Stephen Harper Reading?", Mr. Martel posts the title of a book that he has mailed to the Prime Minister. Each post comes with an explanation of why he chose the book, and how it contributes to the pursuit of stillness. And who among us (Prime Ministers included) isn't in need of a little stillness? Maybe in this hectic age of multitasking, googling, speed-dating, twittering, commuting, texting and driving-through everything, we could all use a little more stillness. And maybe stillness is the beauty of literature. A good book requires the whole of us. A good book doesn't allow us to engage half-heartedly. A good book needs us to be still.
Well done, Mr. Martel.