I keep coming up with interesting thoughts (at least to me) that don’t really fit with the month’s theme, so I decided to just post them anyway and call them Asides.
How does it change what you are reading when you have heard the author speak?
I have an extreme example of that:
I picked up Alain de Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness. I am a Building Technologist very interested in how the design of a space changes the way people feel and react. And I like happiness. I’ve even read a few books about that, too. But when I tried to read this book, I just couldn’t get past the language; it seemed so pompous. I took it back to the library unread. Then I heard him speak at TEDGlobal and he came across as approachable, tongue-in-cheek even, with a very dry sense of humour. When I read the book again after that, I could hear his voice speaking it and I loved it. Hearing his voice speak the words profoundly changed the way I experienced the book.
Do you hear an author’s voice, if you’ve heard it before, when you read a book?
The reason I noticed it this time is that I was hearing Daniel Pink’s voice until I read the Stefan Sagmeister quote.