By A. J. Jacobs
An publication boxed set that includes the 1st 3 of A.J. Jacobs's riotous—and strangely informative—ventures into experiential journalism.
The Know-It-All: Puzzle in addition to A.J. as he endeavors to read—and retain—the complete encyclopedia, and realize what precisely it really is he learns alongside the way.
The yr of residing Biblically: become aware of what existence will be like within the twenty first century should you lived accurately through the dictates of the Bible—the insights received approximately faith may perhaps shock you.
My existence as an test: sign up for A.J. on a roller-coaster journey of lifestyles as a human guinea pig: he explores either the perks and pitfalls of varied undertakings in a chain of captivating essays, together with these titled “My Outsourced Life" and "My lifestyles as a gorgeous Woman."
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Well, come in and get warm and get somethin’ to eat,” she said. The church bus drove away as Tate and Barbara Jean followed us inside and waited in the living room while Mama built a fire in the fireplace. Tate continued holding his closed hand up to his lips, clutching a rag that looked like half of a sock and inhaling through his mouth. Every so often he would take a plastic bottle from his back pocket, remove the cap, hold the rag on top of the bottle, and then flip the bottle upside down, saturating the rag with paint thinner.
Children followed him just as we had followed the lady to the theater. The boxer held his fists high above him as if he had already won the fight. Children surrounded him, and the sound of French horns made me believe I could be him. It was the first time I’d ever been inside a theater to watch a movie and the first time I saw Rocky. M a m a e n joy e d mov i e s, t o o, I di s c ov e r e d, bu t h e r movies weren’t as inspiring. indd 40 7/18/14 12:08 PM Matinee Madness 41 Mama had a friend with whom she liked to watch movies.
And Carver responded poorly to rejection. One day Carver stopped me on the sidewalk and told me to get off my bicycle. I was scared and confused, but I said no. That was not the answer Carver wanted to hear. Sitting on my bicycle, I looked up to see Carver’s face; instead, all I could see were his flaring nostrils. He looked like a giant compared to me. Carver reared back his cannonballsized fist and belted me in the nose, knocking me clean off my bicycle. He then jumped on my bike and pedaled away.