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Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life Paperback – August 15, 2017
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INFJoe is the nom de cartoon of artist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura. Aaron drummed his way to The Juilliard School in New York City via the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He created INFJoe during a creative rut in 2012 and discovered the incredibly receptive introvert community. He and his wife Luisa live in Connecticut, where they plan to birth as much art as possible.
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I was able to read through the entire book in a relatively short amount of time, with its concise illustrated format, and I’ve been reading through it again and again, catching things I didn’t notice the first go ‘round.
We are in an unprecedented time for introverts. Awareness of this personality type is growing exponentially these days. More and more books on the subject are popping up and it has become common to see lots of webcomics with introversion themes on social media.
But in the case of INFJoe, no one seems to capture the heart of introversion in quite the same way. Not only does he draw very well, and illustrate the concepts solidly, but he clearly has a special kind of passion and insight into the subject matter. These are well-crafted illustrations that crack me up, but also warm my heart.
To be sure, introverts aren’t subjects of persecution in the same way as those who are persecuted on the basis of race or religion and so on, but introvert struggles are real struggles. As INFJoe says in the book, why else would #introvertproblems be such a popular hashtag on Twitter? INFJoe knows those struggles well and has a passion to tell these stories, to encourage introverts, and to educate introverts and extroverts alike.
Thanks for writing this book, INFJoe. Thanks for providing a new and powerful introvert voice!
Text, Don't Call is a mix of text and illustrations. I truly enjoyed the addition of the illustrations. Not only did they spice up the text, but they also really managed to make me laugh out loud and think "yeah, been there, done that." The book is separated into nine sections. The sections tackle topics such, as "Know Thyself," "#IntrovertProblems," "Surviving Large Groups," and "Navigating the Workplace." I thought INFJoe did a fantastic job of setting up the scene (I guess you would say) for this book. First, he really digs deep into how he's an introvert, what being an introvert means, and tacking life as an introvert. While some of the details and information shared I already knew, I did learn some new things about the introverted life. Additionally, as I've said before, I really managed to relate with what was said, as I'm sure many other introverts and half-intorverts will be able to as well. The two sections I found the most relatable was "Surviving Large Groups" and "Getting Through the Holidays and Other Celebrations." I don't know about you all, but surviving large groups and being around a large amount of family around the holidays can be so incredibly exhausting for me. There's always so much small talk as well as finding a good midpoint between saying too much and saying too little. I'm always more than ready to disappear and read a book after a large celebration such as those, so it was interesting to see INFJoe to tackle that in this.
In all, Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life is an eye opening book perfect for readers who are introverts and need that reminder that it's okay others are right there with you. It probably goes without saying as well that this book is perfect for fans who are already familiar with INFJoe.