You’ve heard of Edward Norton. He’s starred in critically acclaimed films like American History X, Fight Club, and Birdman, been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and, most recently, wrote, directed, and starred in Motherless Brooklyn, a film about a detective with Tourette’s syndrome who ends up taking on the most corrupt and powerful forces in New York City politics.
Motherless Brooklyn, as it happens, is one of my all-time favorite books.
And so this conversation was an unexpected pleasure. In addition to a joint love of Motherless Brooklyn, Norton and I share an unusual number of interests: Meditation, the uncontrollable nature of the mind, the difficulty of solving problems by thinking about them, the psychology of power, media analytics, cultural ideas of heroism, thwarted masculinity in politics, Ralph Nader, and more.
It’s rare that I think a conversation could’ve gone for hours more. But it’s true for this one.
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
This Could Be Our Future by Yancey Strickler
Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
*The world according to Ralph Nader*
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Buddhism without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
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