Category: Downtime

Tim Ferris interviews Neil Gaiman, @tferriss, @neilhimself

Wonderfully prolific and successful author Neil Gaiman, interviewed by lifehacker and writer Tim Ferriss. This goes straight to the top of my Weekend Watch list.

I discovered Gaiman years ago when, on a whim, I bought a copy of Stardust to read on the Seattle-London flight home. I was hooked instantly by his ability to weave the wildest flights of fancy into a dark but human realism.

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Herodotus, Father of History

Things I didn’t know about Herodotus and his Histories:

  • The title, Histories, is more correctly translated as “Enquiries”, which better describes its wandering, inquisitive, 2,500 year-old narrative.
  • Herodotus was the first narrator to attempt to show both sides of the argument.
  • Recent archaeological finds have proved correct some of his famously outlandish claims.
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Leonardo da Vinci, ultimate sovereign professional?

I find I don’t know nearly enough about Leonardo da Vinci.

About a month ago, on Execupundit, Michael Wade recommended this YouTube video of Walter Isaacson discussing his latest book, Leonardo da Vinci. It took me a little while to get to it but if, like me, you haven’t got any closer to reading the book than buying it for a friend, I heartily recommend it.

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