The Reading Lists – Annie’s Q&A on books, authors and “The Unsolvable Problem”

I recently had the opportunity to do a Q&A with Phil Treagus, who founded a terrific website, Phil is a self-professed “book nerd” and started the site to “inspire more people to pick up great books and use them as the stepping stones they are to achieving huge success and having massive world impact.” I was honored he reached out to me about Thinking In Bets and enjoyed answering his questions. You can read the full interview here, and learn about the best book I’ve read in the last six months, the books I’d gift myself between the age 16 and 25, and what book has had the single biggest impact on your life.

Here’s a sneak preview of one of the fun questions Phil asked:

If you could invite 5 authors (dead or alive) to a dinner party – who would they be and why?

Narrowing it down to five authors is so hard. I’d ask Oscar Wilde because he’d be hilarious. I’d want someone super entertaining. John Stuart Mill. It’d be interesting to have people who are on the opposite side of things, like Kant and Hume in the same room. Joseph Heller? Jane Austin? Could you get Emily Dickinson out of her house? Steven. Sylvia Plath. Richard Dawkins. William Carlos Williams. Michael Mauboussin. I guess my dinner party would have a waiting list!

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