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by Maria Popova What the second law of thermodynamics has to do with Saint Augustine, landscape art, and graphic novels. Time is the most fundamental common denominator between our existence and that of everything else, it’s the yardstick by which we measure nearly every aspect of our lives, directly or indirectly, yet its nature remains one of the greatest mysteries of science. Last year, we devoured BBC’s excellent What Is Time?
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Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay <img class="aligncenter" title="bookshelf of vintage books" alt="" src="http://thenonist.com/images/uploads/KUPFERSITCH-KABINETT-DRESD2.jpg" width="343" height="344" /> Photo by the nonist There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life.
The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist. Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. A famous author once said that novels are the best way for two human beings to connect with each other. I believe this, and I believe that people who do not find pleasure in words have never had the opportunity to read one of the great novels. The first introductions students often have to literature are stale century-old books that do not translate well to this new modern era.