The Zen of Adult Coloring Books

A page from the author's coloring book Julie Beck / The Atlantic

I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books. I found the trend mostly baffling and maybe a little dumb. But I saw some in a bookstore the other day and I immediately said to my friend, “Well, I'm not leaving here without one of these.”

And indeed, reader, I did not.

Let me clarify: When I say “adult coloring book,” I’m referring to a specific...

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