Today on the show we’ve got one of my favorite authors, A.J. Jacobs. I first learned about A.J. when reading an article he wrote that was reprinted in Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Work Week about outsourcing. The humor and information contained in that article made me want to find and read more by A.J. We talked mostly about gratitude in this episode, and I’m grateful to have had A.J. on the show. I hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and be sure to tell A.J. thank you!
A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine.
A.J. Jacobs is author of The Know-It-All, which documents the year he spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, uncovering both funny and surprising factoids but also poignant insight into history and human nature. In 2007 he released The Year of Living Biblically, in which he attempted to follow every single rule in the Bible as literally as possible for an entire year. His book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment is a collection of numerous personal experiments, including living according to George Washington’s rules of conduct, outsourcing every single task to India and posing as a woman on an online dating site. Jacobs recently released a new book, Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, which relates his life-altering journey to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee.
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