What's on Your Desert Island Bookshelf?
If you were marooned on a desert island and could only bring a handful of books with you--let's say five--which ones would you pick? Big Think asks Stephen Greenblatt, the bestselling author of Will in the World, a biography of Shakespeare.
"Why just five?" Greenblatt protested, as any big thinker would. Then Greenblatt added that he would just bring an iPad with hundreds of books on it (although how many could he possibly read, we countered, before his 10-hour battery would be spent?).
And so, if constrained to only five, this is what Greenblatt would bring. Tell us your picks in the comments below.
Here is Greenblatt describing the fundamental significance of On The Nature of Things:
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The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.
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- Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
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