How would you answer the question “What books are currently on your night stand?” Would you be honest or try to impress?
A recent television episode of “Younger” has star Sutton Foster helping her boss prepare to answer questions for a “By the Book” interview in the Book Review section of the Sunday New York Times. Foster suggests classics – safe to enhance his profile.
Playwright Sara Ruhl knows how to mix humor with reality – her plays, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “The Clean House,” had me laughing – and then I thought about what she was saying. Her answers in “By the Book”included books I know and enjoyed, by authors Elizabeth Bishop, Katherine Mansfield, Jonathan Franzen, and Tina Fey. But her mention
of Sarah Blakewell’s How to Live; Or, A Life of Montaigne – brought back a good memory, and the motivation to find the book and read it again. Have you read it? One phrase I recall: How to live? Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted.
Here is my review from 2011 – time for me to find the book again…