The Balanced Guy: On “One Book, One Twitter”

In his recent contribution to The Huffington Post, blogger Jeff Howe discusses his current efforts to parlay the power of that social media behemoth, Twitter, to get everyone in the world to share one experience—reading the same book— in order to start a global dialogue. The concept originated in 1998 with famed Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl when she  “One Book, One City,” movement, which was embraced by thousands of Seattleites who all decided to dig into The Sweet Hereafter by Russel Banks. Jeff calls his own initiative “One Book, One Twitter,” or #1b1t on Twitter (you can also find him at @crowdsourcing).

In Jeff’s column for Wired, you can check out the books that have made it to the final voting pool (since I just came across this yesterday, we missed the nomination process; but, there’s always next year, right?). The list includes such literary greats as Slaughterhouse Five, Catcher in the Rye, and Brave New World. Take a peek, vote for your favorite, and in the next week or so, be prepared to crack open that book and find some common ground with about 14 million people.

The writer of The Balanced Guy, Roman Horoszewski, is not particularly balanced but he’s trying to be. He makes an effort by not only doing “guy stuff,” but also by spending time with his three sons and wife while attempting to remain informed about the world around him. He and his family live in the Princeton, N.J. area. His blog is at thebalancedguy.blogspot.com.


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