Bookish Stuff

12/1/2012 Highly recommended.

Alda Book

Alan Alda – “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself”

Beloved actor and acclaimed author Alan Alda offers an insightful and funny look at some impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?) Here, Alda listens in on things he’s heard himself saying at critical points in his life–from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.” In a book that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his uniquely hilarious meditations on questions great and small.


Warning: Addictive. Should be a black-box label on the thing.


Kindle Touch 3g. I spent $80. The new and improved Paperwhite version is at Amazon for $179. Probably even more addictive. E-hoarding should now be in the DSM as a legit diagnosis.


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