Thursday, September 24, 2009
A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, takes the idiom “walk a mile in my shoes” to a whole other level. For The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs strictly followed all the rules of the Old Testament including not wearing clothes of mixed fibers in an effort to understand the Bible. In The Know-It-All, Jacobs attempted to become smarter by reading the encyclopedia from A to Z. He would be the first to tell you it didn’t work. His latest book details other immersive experiences he’s undergone to get to know his subjects better. It’s an unusual approach to journalism and life that has led to telling and often comical insights into who we are and who we could be.