I'm a firm believer in the "fake it til you make it" mantra. A lot of life consists of pretending to feel confident until you actually are. I did this a lot in film school, nodding my head enthusiastically when people would bring up classics I'd never heard of, desperately hoping no one would ask me a question where I would have to dispel the illusion that I had any idea what they were talking about.
As I've gotten older, and the conversations I partake in have matured (slightly, at least), I've found that I'm floundering when it comes to discussions about world events and current affairs. I'm no longer satisfied with just nodding or shaking my head, only having the most minute amount of information to get by on. I decided that one of my New Year's Resolutions (after spending a weekend up north with nary a television or computer in sight), would be to start reading the newspaper. I got a subscription to the Globe & Mail's Saturday paper, mostly because that one has the most entertainment news and the good crossword.
However, lately I've been reading back issues of the New York Times (courtesy of my mother who can finally say that I'm reading the articles she's cut out for me from the paper) which I find so incredible. I'm completely obsessed with their book reviews, to the point where I'm scared I'm just going to read the reviews and not the books.
I also like the New York Times' digital content. I find their website perfect for someone like me, who doesn't quite know where to start when reading about daily news. There's the top news stories, round-ups of the latest stories, a whole "In Case You Missed It" section and very helpful sub-headings.
I'm not satisfied living in my little privileged bubble. I should know about what's happening around the world, even when it upsets me or makes me uncomfortable. That's what other people are living through and it's not fair that I don't learn about them and their lives. Yes, I can read about new fiction til the cows come home, but I've got to leave a little bit of space and time for other people, places and things that are out there.