- Bostonist interviews Jonah Lehrer, who happens to be appearing at my store tomorrow evening at 7 pm. I’ve read the first few essays of his book Proust was a Neuroscientist and found them thought provoking. Much is made of how young he is (25!) but I’m more impressed with what a Renaissance man he is. Hasn’t the world become all about specialization? Where would we be without people like Da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson, people who explored everything?
- More Shalom Auslander, this time an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle.
I don’t think, though, that our morality comes from the Ten Commandments, and I always wonder when I hear a priest or rabbi claim that it does, that these frankly obvious rules are what guides him. I always think, “Really? Without Deuteronomy you wouldn’t know killing was wrong? You mean you’d be killing people if not for those tablets? S-, someone call the cops.”
- Ed reviews this new guide to litblogs being published this month The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs: The New Literary Force. Wait, I’ve got the force?
- Also, people either seem to love or hate Mailer in teh comment’s of Ed’s post on Mailer’s death. I don’t have a problem with Ed expressing his opinion on Mailer. Why so many people are pissed, I don’t know. I’ve never read Mailer, his book have never appealed to me.