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Need to relax? Try the soothing sounds of old French books. (Yes, really.)

Emily Temple

November 4, 2020, 11:06am

Apparently, there is only one time of year/election cycle/planetary crisis at which I am desperate enough turn to ASMR to soothe my ragged, sad brain. Unfortunately, it is that time again. Fortunately, the world of literary ASMR—that is, relaxing book sounds that can give you a strange, soothing, tingling feeling—has expanded in the last four years, so there’s plenty to choose from, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Personally, I like this one, which boasts “8 Crinkly Ancient Books from a French Bouquiniste [bookseller] in Paris.” I recommend actually reading an old book, and not looking at your computer screen, while you listen to it.

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