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Year of Living Biblically (Book TV)

Since tonight was cancelled (which was actually a blessing as I got really sick when I got home today) I thought I'd dedicate tonight to homework... but no. I'm watching BookTV. Well, darn it, there was a cool presentation on SpyCraft and we got hooked. That's over and they just did a quick interview with the author of a new book called The Year of Living Biblically (review here). Both Monkeys and I were intrigued and amused by the interview; it sounded like a great book. I had gotten as far as starting to write down the title so that I could look into buying it when the interviewer started talking to the author about his earlier book: THE KNOW IT ALL!!! Which is still sitting here beside my laptop. I loved that book. I should have recognized the author, AJ Jacobs, because he came across in person exactly as he does in text. Plus I should have recognized the writing style as his new book follows a similar design to the one I'd read. For the Know-It-All he spent a year not only reading the Encyclopedia Britannica but also meeting with real know-it-alls of all ilk to better understand the concept of "intelligence"; for this new book he spent a year trying to follow every rule or law in the Bible and spent time with various religious groups to understand their views on religion. The interviewer asked about how his family handled living with him as he wore his hair and beard according to religious law, built a hut, and attempted whatever else the Bible prescribed. His comments about his wife's endurance of the year and about how he partially did this for his son (especially knowing what I know about the birth of his son from The Know-It-All) were particularly funny. My favorite was when he said that his wife is insisting his next book involve a year of rubbing her feet. I like that idea. I would buy a copy of that book for Monkeys for Christmas.

EDIT: My favorite review of the book:
Review:
"Seeing that most people violate at least three of the ten commandments on their way to work — even people who work from home -— says a lot about the scale of A. J.'s feat. The fact that you need to buy six copies of this book to unlock the code to save all humanity...well, that's just pure genius." Ben Karlin, co-creator of The Colbert Report" and co-author of America: The Book


On another note - I was so excited tonight to spring my new haircut on everyone. So now you'll have to wait a week. :) Miss you all.

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mcamason
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
You will have
to get your hair cut again NEXT friday so that you will have the "fresh hair cut" look for next Saturday.

Book sounds fascinating: I may have to borrow it/them from you at a later time. I've got an awful lot of books out from the japril lending library as it is, though.

This week's Who partially downloaded, will be downloaded by next week, easily. Shall I bring up copies of last week's and this week's Venture Brothers, too, or does everyone have a handle on that themselves?
madladyred
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: You will have
PBS is showing Vicar of Dibly right now and it's the wedding episode and my mom has said that I need to watch it because there is a Doctor Who reference sooooooo if you have a chance flip there soon?!?!?! I'm not sure how long now as it seems like it's close to the end.
disbandedtoastr
Jun. 15th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Hmmm.... sick?

Morning sickness maybe?
madladyred
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
wah?!?!?!?!??!

i have been going gaga over babies and baby supplies lately (like whenever i see a baby in a store i start spewing all sorts of baby talk and smiles) but based on the PMS i went through last week I'm not preggers. LOL!

i think now i'm too old anyway. i'm speeding along toward 40 as much as i hate to think about it.
disbandedtoastr
Jun. 17th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
You and me both sister!
sarahtoalaska
Jun. 15th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
I actually watched a program about him writing that book. I thought it was damned cool, and decided I was glad not to be Christian.
madladyred
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
oh - i would love to catch that! do you recall where you saw the program?
i loved The Know-It-All so I'm sure this new one will be great.

He follows both the Old and New Testament. I'm curious to see the differences. He was raised Jewish though he doesn't currently practice it so for him that part was more familiar. I'd have the opposite reaction, of course. But taken literally, a lot of *both* the old and new testaments are probably impossible to follow now-a-days. (I'm not going to pick up snakes!!)
sarahtoalaska
Jun. 17th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I have no idea what it was I saw... sorry. :( He actually said that there were many things that were extremely hard. There were a few things he had to "Creatively" interpret because they were either impossible now, or completely conflicted by something else in the bible.
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