— Marcel Proust
"In Search of Lost Time; Vol. 5: The Captive"
—Leon Logothetis, a man definitely worth some further blog-reading & video-watching & adventure-following.
I first came across his name in this coverage of a random do-gooder passing on acts of kindness to strangers in L.A.
The quote above is from his blog post on the greatest classroom of all, filled with some of the lessons he’s learned and the experiences he’s had while traveling the world. They’re interesting and inspiring, for sure (particularly his tales of living off of $5 a day and the kindness of strangers), but the thing I appreciate most about his writing is that it’s truly personal. He speaks with I and my, and it makes his stories easy to relate to on a human-to-human level. So many times people share their wisdom in a preaching manner, to you. This isn’t always a bad thing, and can be used as a powerful literary tool. But as a reader, if I am directly addressed by what I’m reading, I can interpret it as a challenge or an attack: I don’t like to be told what I’m feeling; I’d rather read about what you’re feeling and relate to it.
This guy Leon Logothetis is incredible at relating to people. He wrote this series of articles about an Advice Booth he opened up on the street in L.A. — “The Amazing Adventures of the Traveling Advice Booth,” Part One, Part Two, & Part Three — and in them he answers some questions I’ve been struggling to answer in my life: questions about connections and communication between people.