Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life. recommends a fascinating selection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Oliver's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis. A deep exploration of what matters from a Jungian perspective, which was the entry point for me to the rest of Hollis's extraordinary body of work, and to the Jungian approach to psychology in general.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans who are Nervous, Distracted and Afraid to Die. An exhilarating short book that's as good as its brilliant subtitle, and a nuanced reflection on the role of the fear of death in our lives as parents and as humans.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I'm going to interpret "childhood book" broadly here, so that it can refer to my son's childhood, not just my own, allowing me to mention Arnold Lobel's brilliantly weird and poignant Owl at Home stories, which I never encountered growing up in the UK. (Lobel is best known for Frog and Toad, so singling out Owl at Home instead is a bit of a hipster answer, I concede.)
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
On paper. This is just because it's the easiest medium when it comes to adding my own scrawled notes, really – nothing more romantic or traditionalist about it than that. I'm very close to succumbing to the purchase of a Remarkable tablet, which seems like it might combine some of the best aspects of paper and electronic reading, at least for PDFs.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I vividly remember spending a wonderful evening a few years ago browsing the vast selection of used books on psychology and psychoanalysis at Inquiring Minds in Saugerties, New York. But it's a tie with Richard Booth's Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye.
Many thanks to Oliver for recommending a fascinating selection of books! Please don't forget to check out Oliver's book Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life..
Image Copyrights: Vintage Publishing (Four Thousand Weeks), Gotham Books (Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life), Mariner Books (Savage Park), HarperCollins Publishers Inc (Owl at Home).