Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LIVING BIBLICALLY




The guy who wrote this best seller book, back in 2007, A.J. Jacobs, said that he sees his life as a series of experiments in which he immerses himself in a project or lifestyle, for better or worse.

Jacobs is what publishers call a "stunt" writer.

Editor at large for Esquire, contributor to NPR, New York Times Entertainment Weekly, and the New Yorker, 45-year-old Jacobs wrote his first book at age 26, "The Two Kings: Elvis and Jesus," an irreverent comedic comparison of Elvis Presley and Jesus. (Wow, fun idea.)

"The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World," that he wrote after reading 32 volumes of the "Encyclopedia Britannica," was published in 2004. After "Living Biblically," (2007), came "The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment," (2009), and last year, Simon and Schuster published, "Drop Dead Healthy, One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection," which A.J. wrote on his treadmill desk, in the course of 1200 milesm Jacobs said.

All the titles of his books interest me, but "Living Biblically" fascinates me. Jacobs said he was an irreligious Jew, who never believed in his religion or pursued any religion -- he wondered if there was something that he'd learn, if he obeyed all the rules, did everything that was suggested in the bible for a whole year -- and that is exactly what he did. .

Here's A.J. in this video -- direct, honest -- easy to get to know, as he explained what he learned to this interviewer. What author A.J, said is what I've thought on and off about religion, over the years. I felt as if I was sitting there with these two guys -- chuckling, and nodding.



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