Does A.J. Jacobs love his wife? Esquire reports.
In a quest to see how much he loved his wife and better understand that love, Jacobs volunteered to undergo MRIs and brain pattern studies which included, among other things, looking at pictures of his beloved wife Julie, and pictures of Angelina Jolie, and thinking about sex, while scientists and robots and machines watched his every needle-jump. Dangerous, shark-infested territory for anyone, but it makes for a riveting article.
A.J. Jacobs is a hell of a writer, and a very interesting guy. His books include The Year of Living Biblically in which he embraces the idea of obeying the bible as…religiously…and literally as possible for one full year (I can’t help but wonder whether he was inspired by Dr. Laura Schlessinger in any way) and The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest To Become The Smartest Person In The World, in which, realizing his brain is becoming a mushy, celebrity-infested home of reality television, Jacobs endeavours to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Don’t worry – I have it on good authority that he survives.
If you’ve never read Jacobs’ writing, get on it. He’s fascinating, very funny, and an absolute pleasure to read. And by the accounts of my two friends who have met him, he’s also a really, really nice guy, which I always like to hear.