Portland, ME -- August 29, 2007

Reading Death in a Cold Climate, by Robert Barnard.

His own book—it’d be philosophy, essays on philosophy, to make people think about what important values there are in life, why they are doing what they are doing, get people to question.

I told him about a dulcimer player I’d talked to the night before who said we should not ask why? But how? And to that he said that it's the why? that philosophy is all about. It’s science that asks how?.

He has no favorite books. He reads too many to have a favorite.

Something great about Portland? It’s another world. He likes the people. He spends his summers here—he’s from New York City.

Authors he recommends—Plato, Aristotle, Sartre, Camus, Kierkegaard.

He likes reading foreign-set mysteries to learn about the background. He’s interested in Scandinavia. This book he’s reading now is about Scandinavia, about a town he visited with his wife—his wife has relatives there.

He loves books by Henning Mankell, a Swedish mystery writer who is famous worldwide.

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