Fresh Air, Shalom Auslander and a. J. Jacobs, October 8, 2007
Hear writers Shalom Auslander and A. J. Jacobs on this edition of Fresh Air. Auslander is the author of the memoir Foreskin's Lament, about growing up in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox Jewish community and his attempt to break free of it. Tom Perrotta (author of Little Children) describes the book as a "scathing theological rant, a funny, oddly moving coming-of-age memoir." Auslander has also written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine, and he is the author of the short-story collection Beware of God. A. J. Jacobs is the editor at large of Esquire. His latest year-long experiment resulted in the book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. He is also is the author of a book, The Know-It-All, about the year he spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.