Saturday, June 10, 2023

Joel Stein and AAH (weekend reading)

George Winston (RIP) - Summer (full album)

Way, way back in the day, my family subscribed to Time magazine, which is how I first read Joel Stein. Recently, I came across him again with his funny and fascinating podcast, Story of the Week

That, in turn, led me to his latest book, In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You Are Better than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book

After the book came in at the library, I figured it would be slapstick and goofy. But he talks insightfully about very important topics. In a slapstick and goofy way. 

Seriously - Joel is very talented. I don't know who else can write a book as serious as Ezra Klein's Why We're Polarized but have you laugh out loud on every page. (Although this person would look down their nose at it.)

I've also been trying to read a new book by an NPR reporter. I've heard this person on a podcast, and they were funny and engaging. But the book is dry. And often depressing in a non-constructive way.

By the way: We still have some copies of my first book, The Animal Activists Handbook. These are not doing the world any good sitting in our garage. If you'd like copies, please contact me (matt (at) OneStepForAnimals (dot) org). Thanks!

PS: I've occasionally wondered if I'd have gotten more traction if my third book was another collection of essays. But I had hoped that writing something with a story and "puerile college humour" would reach more readers and allow those who did read it to enjoy it. (And make more readers want to kindly review it. Hint hint, NV.)

No comments: