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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited May 26, 2012 05:16PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 14092 comments I happened to come across the NY Times "By the Book" archive. The link is:

It's a series of interviews in which various people are asked a list of questions about their interest in books.

For example, in the NY Times Books Update for 5/26/12, the article is called: "Drew Gilpin Faust: By the Book". See the article at:

One of the questions Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, was asked was:
"Is there any book you wish all incoming freshmen at Harvard would read?"
She answered:
"Kathryn Schulz’s Being Wrong advocates doubt as a skill and praises error as the foundation of wisdom. Her book would reinforce my encouragement of Harvard’s accomplished and successful freshmen to embrace risk and even failure."
That's comforting advice. :)
Trial and error... the way to success. :)

The book referred to above is: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz.

message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited May 26, 2012 05:17PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 14092 comments Below is a sample of the list of questions asked in the interviews (they vary a bit in each interview):
1. What book is on your night stand now?

2. Where and when do you like to read?

3. What was the last truly great book you read?

4. Are you a fiction or a nonfiction person? What’s your favorite literary genre? Any guilty pleasures?

5. What was the best book you read as a student?

6. What were your favorite books as a child? Did you have a favorite character or hero?

7. If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know? Have you ever written to an author?

8. What are your reading habits? Do you take notes? Do you read electronic or paper?

9. What is the best book you’ve read about academia? Or a book that prepared you for academic life in some way?

10. Is there any book you wish all incoming freshmen at Harvard would read?

11. What do you plan to read next?

As I said, the questions vary in different interviews. I found the following question interesting:
Do you snack while you read?

It's in the interview with Hugh Dancy at:

My answer would be: YES! LOL

message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 14092 comments So far, some of the people interviewed in the various links in the "By the Book" Archive are:

David Sedaris:

Mary Higgins Clark:

Neil Gaiman:

Others are:

Hugh Dancy
Madeleine Albright
Lena Dunham
David Sedaris

See all the links at:

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