Yesterday while I was online (really procrastinating), I browse through one of my newest favorite websites, Big Think. Big Think is an online forum that features videos by experts in different disciplines who are asked a question and discuss it. I’ve watched a few of the site’s videos and I’m finding them pretty interesting.
One of the many books I’m currently reading right now is Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. Many of you stated in the previous post of your love/hate (or just hate/hate) relationship with the book. I’m a few chapters in and so far, I’m really enjoying it.
Martel is also the person behind the site What is Stephen Harper Reading. For the past few years, Martel has sent Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, a book every two weeks that Martel feels Harper should read. On his website readers can find out what books Martel has sent so far and also read the book’s accompanying letter. The author has sent books like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.
You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you about the Big Think and Yann Martel. Martel is one of the experts on Big Think. I’m featuring a video about what Martel has to say about sending Harper books and receiving a handwritten letter from our president. He also talks about why reading is so important in helping people step out of their comfort zones and know what it feels like to be someone from a totally different background.
My questions for you: Do you agree with Martel on leaders being readers? What was the last book you read that surprised you and took you out of your comfort zone?
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