April 16, 2009
Bill Reads Books
Enjoyed this post from Steven Johnson on two levels: One, his excitement at having Bill Clinton articulately discuss his book, “The Invention of Air,” and two, Clinton’s discussion itself.
This bit, from Clinton, made me laugh:
I’m going to make this point later as I wrap up about the importance of books. But the things books do — I would argue books are more important in the age of blog sites and tweaks and whatever else they call it — I read a bunch of them — because there’s more information than ever before, but you can have all the facts in the world in your head. If you don’t know how to organize and evaluate, construct an argument, get from A to Z, what you know in your head doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
And the reason I noted the post in the first place is that I myself am about halfway through “The Invention of Air,” and loving it so far. Highly recommended.