12:05 PM, December 20th, 2011


Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling pick their must-have books of the holiday season. Upon reviewing Clinton’s list, Mindy said she would have chosen more “PhD-friendly books.” That’s just silly…

Watch the clip (and hear Ann Curry say ‘semen’) and check out their book selections below:

Mindy Kaling’s list

  1. “11/22/63” By Stephen King
  2. “Bossypants” By Tina Fey 
  3. “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson” By Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson 
  4. “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness”  By Gwyneth Paltrow 
  5. “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty” By Andrew Bolton
  6. “The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel” By Laura Lippman 
  7. “The Marriage Plot: A Novel” By Jeffrey Eugenides 
  8. “Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany” By Stephen Sondheim
  9. “The Art of Fielding” By Chad Harbach 
  10. “What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation” By Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

Bill Clinton’s list  

  1. “Jerusalem” By Simon Sebag Montefiore 
  2. “Lincoln” By David Herbert Donald
  3. “Meditations” By Marcus Aurelius 
  4. “The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century” By David Fromkin
  5. “The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes” By Seamus Heaney 
  6. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa” By Adam Hochschild
  8. “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” By Robert Wright 

Today in Brilliant Programming Pairings.

PS. If nothing listed above is doing it for you, here’s our Holiday Book Gift Guide.

Reblogged from I'm With Kanye
4:07 PM, November 4th, 2011

When did you find time to write a book? You write about working 16-hour days.

One of the ways I unwind is by writing—and I’ll often do it in the form of an email to myself. So when I get home at night, I’ll open up an email, and I’ll put the date in the subject heading, and I’ll write myself something funny that happened or an observation I had. And that’s sort of how it started.

Note to self to adopt the Mindy Kaling approach to writing.

3:14 PM, October 3rd, 2011


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