I have read my fair share of self-help books. Two shelves, three shelves, maybe more. I don’t know because, in the end, I tend to throw them away. These days, I avoid that corner of the bookshop. Been there, done that, read that. But at Armani Libri in Milan, amidst the books on fashion, architecture, and design, this “The Monocle Compendium. Fifty ideas to improve your life.” lured me. Bought a copy for myself and one to give away. This book is different. Self-help is not about getting out of that disastrous state. Or about how to cope with someone in such a state.  It’s about “ageing disgracefully”, “the scent of the season”, “how water shapes a city”, “wine for any occasion”, “why keep a…