Reading Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert, which raises some interesting questions, including--why are people so bad at predicting what will make them happy in the future?

Recently he read The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan and What is What, by David Eggers. He's drawn to local authors. He lives near Modern Times book store in the Mission and likes to look through the new releases.

His favorite story of all time--How Much Land Does a Man Need, by Leo Tolstoy. It's a short story about a Russian middle class man who, at the turn of the century participates in a land giveaway. He will receive as much land as he can walk the distance of in the course of a day, returning by sunset. The ending has a moral about over extending yourself.

He enjoys reading anything that guides you in crafting your life. What's next on his to-read list--The Botany of Desire, also by Chabon. He really enjoyed Omnivore's Dilemma.


annehawk said...

What a great idea for a blog - and to feature one of my good friends is even more brilliant. Side note: Ominvore's Dilemma is by Michael Pollan, not Michael Chabon (author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the recently released The Yiddish Policeman's Union)

Anonymous said...

Botany of Desire is also by Micheal Pollan. (Both Michaels (Chabon and Pollan) live in Berkeley, by the way)