On Montreal’s Weather OR A Serious Case of Cultural FOMO

April 20, 2014

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The other day, I wandered home in the rain.

When I walked into the apartment, I was so tired that I plopped down on the couch for a snooze.

Half asleep, I could feel the sun come out and graze my face.

Despite my high comfort level and an obvious need for sleep, I got up and dragged myself outside to the deck.

As a Montrealer who doesn’t love (read: loathes) winter, the thought of staying inside while the sun shines is anathema.

This causes undue stress and anxiety since I can never just be in the summer.

If it’s nice out, I feel as though I need to be outside. All the time. At all hours of the day.

This was when I learned about my serious case of FOMO (fear-of-missing-out).

FOMO manifests itself in different ways: some may fear missing out on what’s happening if they don’t check their different channels of social media (FOMO might be the exact psychological state-of-mind that earned Mark Zuckerberg the nebulous title as leader of the modern world).

Some may fear missing out on sports games. On the newest clothes. On the latest video games.

On recently published books.

We may all suffer from a collective cultural FOMO in the case of the latter.

With the constant stream of magazines, newspaper articles, Amazon suggestions of newly published books nudging us to consume – it seems as though many of us fear missing out on the cultural conversation.

Why read Perfume when you could discuss The Woman Upstairs?

How else would I keep up with NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s delightful ramblings?

A book published in 2010 is rendered an artifact when twenty recently published books by our favourite authors pop up in our ‘suggested’ stream.

Playing constant catch-up doesn’t seem worth it whilst Entertainment Weekly tempts us with its recently reviewed.

As books provide such a rich point of discussion, it seems that everyone wants in on what people are reading now, lest they are left speechless at the dinner table.

Movies can seem dated. TV shows can seem dated.

Most books, however, can stay frozen in time.

So try and read something from a different decade once in a while – or even from three years ago.

And you know where to find me if you need a suggestion based on your personal tastes ☺.

As per catching every ray of sunshine – I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.


  1. I’m not from Montreal but I’ve lived here long enough to understand the feeling about the weather. I used to get frustrated at my husband because as soon as the sun was out “Il faut profiter” while I could be just as happy staying inside with my books. Granted, it’s much nicer to read outside.

    I do read books from different eras. I love to raid second hand bookshops and pick out the oldest Penguin paperback I can find. I’ve made wonderful discoveries like that.

  2. It was interesting to read about bibliotherapy (Macleans- Sept. 9th,2013) that
    is prescribed by doctors in England. Doctors are prescribing books instead
    of medicine for many problems including pain management.

  3. Interesting the way you wove in your personal, and then our cultural experience of FOMO, segway back to reading and sunshine. Liked it, Cous! xo.

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