While researching Medieval reading habits for my undergraduate thesis, I came across a number of illustrations that showed devotees eating books whole. That's a pretty good picture of what I do too. Here is some of the media I've been most inspired by lately related to sustainability, the built environment, and leadership.
"What an astonishing thing a book is.
It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.
Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read."
- Carl Sagan,
Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)