In the weeks before TED — amid frenetic preparations for the conference — I always steal a few calm moments, surrounded by stacks of books by this year’s speakers. It’s one of my favorite pre-TED rituals. Of course, there’s no hope of finishing them all. But I like to immerse myself in at least a few chapters of each, so I can meet the speaker where they are, and understand the conversation they’re having with the world.
This year, I tweeted about it, and got many requests to share the list. And so, here they are …
Pre-TED reads 6/9: Whole Earth Discipline, by Stewart Brand. Environmentalism reconsidered, for the realities of a new era. Or: Why nuclear power, GM foods & squatter cities are green.
Pre-TED reads 7/9: No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale, by George Whitesides. Tiny, lovely things in image & prose
Pre-TED reads 9/9: Fair Game, by Valerie Plame Wilson, the ‘outed’ CIA agent, who’ll talk at TED about the need for nuclear disarmament. I’m fascinated by this woman!
And, finally, pre-TED listening: Natalie Merchant’s 1st studio album in 7 yrs. Soon-to-be released: Leave Your Sleep Love, love, love.