Imagine devoting a year of your life to a single interest, determined to learn everything there is to know about it. And writing a book about it while you're at it. A very funny book. A New York Times bestseller even. Imagine that even before the year is up and the book is finished, your project is optioned as a movie. And you'd be played by Ben Stiller maybe, or Jim Carey, or Steve Carrell. Not a bad way to spend a year!
A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Bibilically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" and "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Pefection" (do you sense a theme here?) will join Monica and Carline this week on Writers' Voices. Jacobs is an editor at large of Esquire magazine and a frequent contributor to other national magazine and NPR's Weekend Edition. He will be speaking March 14, 2013 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa at 7 pm. (check iwc.edu for details). Hear about some of the funniest things that happened while he was trying to follow the rules in the Bible as literally as possible, and how seriously he took the command to be fruitful and multiply. Jacobs speaks candidly about why the book is not offensive to believers even though it has a humorous perspective.