Obsession is a funny thing. Taken to an extreme, it can be a dangerous or destructive power—but in the right doses, it can be a creative, generative force. Through music, history, and culture itself, you can discover this surprising side of obsession by diving into the three remarkable books below.
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This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You
By Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas
A sound engineer turned cognitive neuroscientist guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one’s own unique taste. This is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Susan Rogers, in the Next Big Idea App
Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic
By Daniel Stone
An acclaimed science journalist spins a fascinating tale of history, science, and obsession, uncovering the untold story of the Titanic not as a ship but as a shipwreck. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Daniel Stone, in the Next Big Idea App
Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It
By Kaitlyn Tiffany
With humor, empathy, and an insider’s eye, Everything I Need I Get from You reclaims internet history for young women, establishing fandom not as the territory of hysterical girls but as an incubator for digital innovation, art, and community. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Kaitlyn Tiffany, in the Next Big Idea App
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