Alex Zhao

Searching for my reasons

Off the Beat

Intrinsic motivation is radically personal. Our interests operate in a private realm where they need no justification beyond our own beliefs.
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Two pages forward

Two Steps Forward

Books have wrought immense change on the world. “Harry Potter,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” and many others have given magic to millions. This is to say nothing of religious texts, which have shaped the lives of people around the world for millennia. These are a few well-known and extremely popular examples of the effects of the written word. In my nearly two decades of dedicated reading, I’ve come across other, lesser-known works that inspired changes of their own within the confines of my mind. This is a limited account of those books, each of which remain relevant in an increasingly paperless age, and each one is highly recommended by yours truly.
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