Michael Spitzer, author of The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth recommends a great set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Michael's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
It's a classic - Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Less well-known than his Origin of Species, but just as radical in its way. It argues - totally convincingly - that humans share an emotional world with other animals. This idea was eclipsed by 20th-century behaviourism (humans are just lab rats) but has recently been vindicated. Wittgenstein was wrong when he said, 'If a lion spoke, we wouldn't understand it'. Common emotions are an entry point into animal consciousness.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life. It's genuinely consciousness raising on so many levels, by showing how fungi are everywhere and all-powerful. And so beautifully written; Sheldrake is a poet. (and he knows it).
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
On paper, naturally.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
My father's, no longer existing, so in my memory. He ran a small book-shop in Herne Bay called 'Herne Bay Antiquarium'. I worked in it from the age of 10 to 18, with no pay. But the taste and smell of old books entered my system.
Image Copyrights: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (The Musical Human), Vintage Publishing (Entangled Life), HarperCollins Publishers (The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).