Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live (Hardcover)
Title: Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It
Dan Klein's latest book is one for the ages, a remarkable blend of autobiography and philosophical survey. Each modest chapter takes off from a signature quotation of a well-known thinker, indicative of an approach to life, which Dan takes the measure of with insight and wit by telling how it has played out (or hasn't) in his own life experiences. How-to-live advice casts its existential shade, its free will roves, its pessimistic pall changes to positive thought and free thinking spirit, spun with Kleinian candor and serious humor. (Huh?) From youthful enthusiasms to qiseguys's wisdom, it reads like the offspring of an authoratative "Bertrand Russell and a weird uncle Monty Python.
How can this be?
Pithy indeed!— From Mark
A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times-bestselling coauthor of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . Daniel Klein's fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular books Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment. As a young college student studying philosophy, Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the world's greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike a chord with him at the end of his life. From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr--whose words provided the title of this book--each pithy extract is annotated with Klein's inimitable charm and insights. In these pages, our favorite jokester-philosopher tackles life's biggest questions, leaving us chuckling and enlightened.
About the Author
Daniel Klein is the author of the London Times bestseller Travels with Epicurus and, with Thomas Cathcart, the New York Times and international bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . . A graduate of Harvard in philosophy, he lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Freke Vuijst.