Twitter. The news channels. The cable cartel. Talk radio. Your local newspaper.
Most, if not all, of them will bring your spirits down.
If you wanted to get depressed, a daily diet of those plus the moronic talk shows will do nicely. The ultimate effect of that consumption is the sense that you have a box seat to an on-going play: "The Decline of a Nation."
Turn off the television. Put down the scribblings of the local cancel culture wannabees. Take a walk and then, every day, read good books.
One early list would be the following:
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
- Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Roughing It by Mark Twain
- Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
- A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
- The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
- The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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