PodKast: A.J. Jacobs, author and Esquire editor

Looking for something a little lighter after Monday's loss? We got you covered.

One of our favorite writers working today is A.J. Jacobs, author of a very entertaining trilogy centering around his quest for self-improvement. It starts with "The Know-It-All," in which Jacobs endeavors to improve his mind by reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, then "The Year of Living Biblically," in which he explores spirituality by attempting to obey the bible as literally as possible (from avoiding clothes of mixed fibers to stoning adulterers), and now his newest, "Drop Dead Healthy."

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The third volume details Jacobs' efforts to make himself the healthiest man on the planet. No easy task, given all the conflicting information about what is actually good for us. (For what it's worth, "The Know-It-All" is my favorite of the three.)

He's also an editor-at-large at Esquire Magazine, producing some of our favorite stuff in that particular mag, including this story about outsourcing his life, and living as a spectacularly good looking woman. Jacobs joined us in studio for a fun conversation about his new book, his style (called "immersion journalism" by some, "stunt journalism" by others) of writing, the future of print, and more. If you're a fan of his work, you'll enjoy the interview.

For those less familiar with Jacobs, it's probably worth checking out a couple of his features for Esquire to get a feel for what he does.

We've been holding on to this one for a couple weeks (some of you may have already seen it on the rail at right), hoping the Lakers might give us a window to get it a nice airing. They haven't really cooperated, so we'll wait no longer. Give it a listen.