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From serious journalist to seriously funny, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs has written it all. In this interview with Writers’ Voices, Jacobs discusses his recent experiment and the book that came out of it, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.” The “humble” in the title is important, because religion can be a touchy subject, yet the response from all sides of the topic has been largely positive.

Jacobs is also an editor at large of Esquire Magazine and the author of 3 other books, about three other years in which he devoted himself to a single subject and wrote about it. One year it was perfecting his body (Drop Dead Healthy), another it was his mind (The Know-It All), and in the third year he attempted to improve everything about himself (My Life as an Experiment.)

Join us as we learn how and why Jacobs made the transition from general assignment news reporter, to one of the funniest and most insightful writers of our time.

I love looking at life from a slightly slanted point of view… with nonfiction, you can tell a great story and give people information and useful tips and still make it funny, giving them broccoli and bubblegum at the same time.

A.J. Jacobs

The world seldom notices who the teachers are, but civilization depends on what they do and what they say.

Lindley Stiles


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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