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Jan 7, 2017

Author of Books for Living

Interview starts at 19:07 and ends at 43:15

"One of the reasons I come back to Lin Yutang is a marvelous story he tells, in 1937, about being in the most famous tea house in China. And the tourists there are so busy taking photographs of themselves drinking tea that they don’t enjoy the tea. And I thought to myself, ‘We blame too much on the machines.’ Constant connectivity is our fault. It’s not the fault of the little items we hold in our hands. And it’s been a problem—distraction and impatience have been with us since the dawn of time. So my first thing is to blame myself and not the machine.


“How Alexa Won CES” (video) by Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Wall Street Journal - January 6, 2017

“Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017” by Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge - January 6, 2017

LG press release on Smart Instaview refrigerator - January 4, 2017

“Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories” by James Vincent at The Verge - January 3, 2017

“Lynx Robot is Alexa’s best disguise at CES 2017” by Andrew Gebhart at CNET - January 5, 2017

“Get Ready, Your Robotic Roomate is Moving in” by Aki Ito at Bloomberg - January 6, 2016

“Murder Suspect’s Amazon Echo device could help solve the case” by Chris Graham at The Telegraph - December 28, 2016

“Bentonville PD Says Man Strangled, Drowned Former Georgia Officer” at 5News - February 23, 2016

“Police ask: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?” by Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica - December 28, 2016

Bentonville Police search warrants in Bates case

Amazon Books page at

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Interview with Will Schwalbe

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

“The Need to Read” by Will Schwalbe at The Wall Street Journal - November 25, 2016 (Behind a paywall; try Googling “The Need to Read by Will Schwalbe”)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang

“Cabdriver’s Book Club” by Ryder Ziebarth at The New York Times - March 11, 2013

The Golden Age: A Novel by Joan London

Three Lives & Company bookstore in New York City

Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine by Jane E. Smith (not available on Kindle)

Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

“Lessons on How to Live, in 26 Books” by A. J. Jacobs at The New York Times - December 23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Paul Slavin, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.

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