Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Know-It-All

Like so many of my generation, I have spent endless hours on Wikipedia learning about the offbeat subjects such as the history of the Embarcadero Freeway, the Munich U-Bahn, the Voodoo 2 chipset, and my great enemy, the MIME standard.

I was happy to learn that someone chose to take the quest for knowledge to its logical extreme: To read the Encyclopedia Brittanica from A-Z. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs is a hilarious book. The author, a writer for Esquire magazine, spent over a year reading the 65k+ entries in the encyclopedia. Highly compressed and intermixed with his life in New York, it makes for an entertaining read. If you've spent significant chunks of your life surfing Wikipedia, this book is for you.

1 comment:

Aamir said...

That's really funny - I read this a month ago as well and had a copy ready to lend out. Huge fan of AJ Jacobs - next up on the list is "The Year of Living Biblically".